Christmas has been about excess since Jesus was in the manger. So why stop now?
by P.J. O Rourke
The Daily Beast
The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually.
Knock it off. Christmas has been commercialized since year one of the “Current Era.”
Blame it on the Three Kings. They started the gift-giving right in the manger. Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar “presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
And that’s the way it’s been ever since. In Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge has been visited by Marley’s ghost and undergoes a magnificent change of heart, does Scrooge go to church? Or does he go shopping?