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With the holidays upon us, it’s a time of celebration, a time of reflection, and of course a time to spend lots of money on gifts that you can’t afford.
For most Americans, it doesn’t really matter if one goes bankrupt in December or March or June. The year offers ample opportunities to buy dangerous toys for your kids, Elvis Presley lamps for that Aunt you hate, ugly sweaters for your father, and Cadmium-laden Chinese jewelry for the one you love.
But why dwell on the negative aspects of commercialism? The holiday season is designed to give us all a chance to spend time with our families, maybe a day trip to enjoy the New Mexican scenery, or just sit back and relax for a few days.
At this time of the year, I find myself enjoying the nuances of history, particularly that of holidays like Christmas. Many people don’t know that Dec. 25 was chosen by the Christian church as a matter of
convenience and opportunity. Dec. 25 was already an established day of celebration by pagans. The Roman festival of Saturnalia (worship of the God Saturn) and the “birthday” of Mithra (Persian God) were both on Dec. 25.
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