Racism and Christmas

Racism and Christmas

Christmas has endured many controversies over the course of its history. Most usually center on religious disputes or how much Christmas imposes of itself on parts of society that do not want it. But in recent years Christmas has seemingly become embroiled in an important ongoing societal dialogue: racism. The biggest story in Christmas and racism centers in the Netherlands. The United Nations recently again declared the Dutch tradition of Black Pete racist. Every year from mid-November until the traditional feast day of St. Nicholas on December 6th many communities in the Netherlands celebrate what is commonly known as aRead more

Train to Release a Christmas Album

Train to Release a Christmas Album

Train is releasing a Christmas album this year. Frontman Pat Monahan told Billboard that the band is currently recording a Christmas album with the tentative title Christmas in Tahoe. And Monahan promises it will be no ordinary holiday album. “There’s a couple of traditional covers on there, but we tried not to do the same stuff everybody else does,” Monahan said to Billboard, explaining what fans can expect from the album. He listed a cover of The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” Train is doing as an example of what’s to come. Unfortunately there’s no word on whether the bandRead more

Bill Murray Christmas Special Coming for 2015

Bill Murray Christmas Special Coming for 2015

It’s Bill Murray, it’s Netflix and it’s all Christmas. And it appears to have captured all the early buzz for Christmas on television 2015. Coming to Netflix and produced in conjunction with director Sofia Coppola the special reported stars George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Pohler, Maya Rudolph and, of course, Bill Murray. Clooney talked about it in a recent visit to the retiring David Letterman: Paul [Shaffer, Letterman’s band leader] and I just did a Bill Murray Christmas special. I sit on a piano bench with Paul and pretend to sing, which they don’t let me. And I rode inRead more

What Thanksgiving Has to Do with Christmas

What Thanksgiving Has to Do with Christmas

There are complaints aplenty out there about how Christmas has stolen time and appreciation from Thanksgiving. Those who cry foul by claiming “Christmas creep” miss the larger lessons of history — and they fail to really see the absurdity of their complaints when compared to the worldwide stage. (See this epic rant and compare it to THIS epic rant). After all, in the UK their annual early-November tradition of Christmas is to showcase and celebrate the Christmas advertisements launched by English department stores. The ads are anticipated as greatly there as Santa Claus is at the end of the ThanksgivingRead more

Christmas Stress: A Man’s Perspective

Christmas Stress: A Man’s Perspective

I take nothing away from the women in my life when it comes to the holidays. From coordinating all the family activities to preparing food, parties and gifts there is little that doesn’t get done by them and left untouched by me. But men too have plenty to stress over at Christmastime. I go back to that first Christmas Eve as an example of what men can have to handle. Consider Joseph’s plight: they were spending Christmas on the road, unable to find a place to stay and Mary was great with child. Consider the stress when she told him,Read more

Christmas at the White House

Christmas at the White House

Christmas of 1924 in the White House was a sad and glum affair. The new tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree, started just a year earlier, was the last thing President Calvin Coolidge wanted to do. Though the event had enjoyed widespread publicity he simply lacked the heart to participate. It was only a last minute change of heart that made it come to pass. That Christmas President Coolidge and his family were still mourning the unexpected passing of his youngest son, Calvin Coolidge Jr. It was not the first nor would it be the last difficult Christmas inRead more