Why Christmas Should Be More Commercial

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Why Christmas Should Be More Commercial By: Dr. Leonard Peikoff  Christmas was established by Americans to celebrate worldly goods and happiness. Christmas in America is an exuberant display of human ingenuity, capitalist productivity, and the  enjoyment of life. Yet all of these are castigated as "materialistic"; the real meaning of the holiday,  we are told, is assorted Nativity tales and altruist injunctions (e.g., love thy neighbor) that no one  takes seriously. In fact, Christmas as we celebrate it today is a 19th-century American invention. The freedom and  prosperity of post Civil War America created the happiest nation in history. The result was the  desire to celebrate, to revel in the goods and pleasures of life on earth. Christmas (which was not  a federal holiday until 1870) became the leading American outlet for this feeling. Historically, people have always celebrated the winter solstice as the time when the days begin to  lengthen, indicating the earth's return to life. Ancient Romans feasted and reveled during the  festival of Saturnalia. Early Christians condemned these Roman celebrations--they were waiting  for the end of the world and had only scorn for earthly pleasures. By the fourth century, the 
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