Skip to content
Culture & Religion

In Defense of Christmas

Christmas is one night that is allowed to rip itself from the continuum and to exist all on its own, a mystery and damnation to all the clocks ticking away below.

In defending Christmas I have nothing to say about Jesus Christ, a terrifying and influential historical figure who, I confess, has had little impact on my life. My Christmas, the Christmas I have known, revolves centrally around objects—most crucially around presents and then secondarily around things like Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations, advent calendars, etc., and people—the people I’ve known, the family members whose faces come most quickly to mind when I smell pine needles, as if their faces are the secret look of pine needles and the two are united forever in a correspondence that is prior to history, understanding, or even my own awareness.


Related

Up Next

How to Give Up Christmas

We can all simplify our traditions and distill our expectations to their essence: a time of joy and peace. Adele Stan says she found the true meaning of Christmas by not celebrating it.