Friday, December 25, 2009

Even Atheists Can Have a Merry Christmas

Every society, every culture needs a day of general joy and merriment. When the Roman Empire converted to Christianity, followers married the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival held this time of year, to the mythology of Christ’s birth, most elements of which predate the time of Christ, and Christmas as we know it today was born.

Whatever your proclivities, today is a day to find joy in something. Given the news of the world these days—another attempted terror attack on one of our airliners, another great musician dying before his time—we need all the cheer and merriment we can squeeze out of this world.

I have AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ album, a great gift from my sister, to make sure this is neither a silent night nor a holy night. I am also finishing off the last of the eggnog with my good friend Captain Morgan. The eggnog and rum sit atop a mountain of turkey and other delicious food, making me sleepy to the point that this may be an early night.

Merry Christmas.

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