It’s Christmas time in America!! That wonderful time of year where millions of Americans rush to the malls to aid their favorite retailers in maximizing profits in the fourth quarter. From Thanksgiving to New Years, Americans shop ’til we drop. Once we are left with those Chewbacca slippers we thought needed, there’s no shame in passing them off as a present for Uncle Bill. That’s all good to me, however I wonder what would Charlie Brown do?
I recently re-watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and I realized I was not alone with my holiday blues. Charlie wasn’t mopey due to social isolation, as I thought he was when I was a child. He felt there was something missing in the way his peers celebrated Christmas. Throughout his experience as a Christmas Play director, the true meaning of Christmas was revealed to him:
“Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.”
– Lucy Van Pelt
We are also reminded by Linus that Christmas has something to do Jesus’ birthday or something.
Towards the end of the program, the kids realized they were being assholes and pimped out Charlie’s Christmas trees. Thus ending the War on Christmas for another year. However in the real world, I am still stuck with the tensions created by Corporate Santas, Seasons greetings, new Star Wars toy on one side and a religious syncretization of Pagan practices and Christianity. The latter being inherently anti-Semitic (Remember Jews can’t celebrate Christmas). The saga continues.