Christmas is the best celebration of everything superbly American.
Christmas is also the nation’s biggest holiday because it recognizes history’s greatest class: the middle class.
During Christmas, America’s most generous gift to the civilized world — a big middle class — treats itself to the joys it spends so much time fostering.
These are the best parts of life, the parts that the American middle class produces more of than any other nation in history. The work done is secondary to attaining these ends, but first in bringing them to be. Family gives us the happiness to work for and work helps us provide for the family we’re always happy to have.
Christmas is a recognition of these facts. Once a Roman festival featuring gambling and excessive drink, and later incorporated into Christianity to celebrate a truer divinity, Christmas now represents the generosity capitalism affords most Americans — especially those with families. Gift giving is a gift itself when you pick something really special for someone you’ve spent your whole life loving.
And in capitalist America, it’s easier for families get a few presents than in countries deprived of capitalism.
Socialist countries can only wish Santa a bag big enough to bring a new government.
The same socialists also misunderstand the joyous nature of Christmas celebrations.
Haters of productive wealth despise Christmas because they only focus on the surface packaging the holiday itself is wrapped in.
But underneath the annual Christmas exterior — the decorations, ads, and repetitive music — is a special and more profound intention.
During the rest of the year we never get enough time to show our friends and family how much we love them. During Christmas that changes. At Christmas we dedicate everything to friends and family. The holiday abundance of presents reflects the great American excess of appreciation and affection we feel toward them.
In short, Christmas, like America, is about more than just buying and getting stuff.