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Krampus The Misunderstood Winter Holiday Spirit

As a trickster, Krampus exists outside of simple divisions between good and evil. Krampus isn’t a goodie goodie like Santa Claus, but that doesn’t mean he’s evil. [...]

Putting the PR Back in Christmas

Which real meaning of Christmas is Carroll Trosclair talking about? The one in which Christmas is about telling the difference between a toddler’s shoe size and a children’s shoe size while slaying zombies while playing Resident Evil? Toll, the ancient Yuletide Carroll. Toll. [...]

Merry Krampusnacht!

An historical primer on Krampus, the spirit of Yule Misrule, and some Krampus goodies. [...]

The Solstice is the Reason for the Season

The tilt of the Earth, half-shrouded in darkness, is the reason it gets so dark and cold this time of year. The commemoration of the blanket of darkness and the wait for light’s return at the solstice has been the reason for the celebration of the season for a long time, long before the strategic [...]

City Bans Christmas? The Non-War on Christmas

“City Bans Christmas,” an e-mail blast by the American Family Association informs me. “The War on Christmas has already begun.”

No celebrations of Christmas allowed within the borders of a city here in Americaa? Unthinkable! Indefensible! Why…

…wait a minute. My suspicions regarding this claim were raised when I learned that the city in question [...]

5 Congressional Predictions for a Political 2010

Just for kicks, here are my five political predictions for Congress in 2010:

1. The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed. After telling gay and lesbian Americans to wait for the passage of health care reform for the length of 2009, 2010 arrives as an election year. So “wait ’till next year” will [...]

An Old Fashioned Christmas

“Let’s bring back an old-fashioned Christmas”, reads the headline from the Desert Valley Times newspaper editorial this morning.

Still, I’m left wanting specifics. Which kind of “old-fashioned Christmas” is the writer talking about?

The kind of old-fashioned Christmas that was marked with drunken brawls in the streets?

The kind of old-fashioned Christmas that was [...]

Surprise! The War on Christmas Goes Back 67 years to Bing Crosby

Over the past five years, it’s become fashionable among fundamentalist Christians to complain in December that the “War on Christmas” has “stolen” their holiday. Why, people are saying “Happy Holidays” to one another! Isn’t that awful?

Kentucky Post:

I think it’s wonderful! This year we need Christ in Christmas more than ever, no matter how [...]

War on Christmas Just Not a Good Fundraising Tool Anymore

Google searches for “War on Christmas” by year:

The use of the supposed “War on Christmas” as a fundraising meme has only ever been remarkable for three weeks of each December over the past four years, and it’s on the wane. Searches for the term are down 40% this year from the same time [...]

It’s Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas in Congress — and Nothing Else

Number of members of the House signed on in support of an official congressional resolution declaring “the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas” and supporting the insertion of references to Christmas everywhere as a way to “protect the sanctity” of a day “to celebrate of the birth of Christ” : 67.

Number of [...]

The War On Non-Christmas Heads to Farmville

The “War On Christmas” phrase is really a misnomer. The organized mounting of active complaints when any government or business entity makes anything other than a declaration of “Christmas” is really a War On Non-Christmas, an attempt to push all celebrations but Christian celebrations out of the public sphere.

It’s in this context that an [...]