Considering the Nativity of Jesus surely symbolizes new beginnings, it's remarkable that our celebrations of Christmas are so heavily swaddled in an almost neurotic nostalgia for the past.
A snowbound Victorian village, wooden Edwardian toys, mid-century decorations and trimmings, fireside songs and medieval carols, roast beasts and mince pie puddings, the 'White Christmas' just like the ones we used to know.
Frankly, I can't think of a single contemporary representation of Christmas that anyone cares about.
Except ... I just glanced out of my window and noticed the enormous inflatable Santa Claus my neighbor has erected in his front yard. I suppose such ostentatious seasonal spirit is fairly modern.
Anyway, however you celebrate the holidays, I wish anyone who has kindly stuck with this blog over the years a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.