Monday, December 10, 2012

The 12 Days of Weirdmas: Introduction

First things first, yes, I know when the actual Twelve Days of Christmas are. I'm planning this feature so it's one post each weekday leading up to Christmas. So my inaccuracy is totally valid.

Second: Christmas is WEIRD.

When you think about it as the central modern Western holiday on the calendar, and all the myriad traditions that feed into what it is to us today, you quickly realize it's an ancient mishmash of pagan and Christian, commercial and charitable, the intimacy of family and the larger web of society, happiness and melancholy. It's downright liminal.

So for the next 12 days, I will be looking at a distinct weirdness of Christmas each day. These entries won't be nearly as discursive as most of Renfusa so far, but I guarantee you will not know anything about at least one of these weird Christmas facts.

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