In the deep mid-winter

Two links today to point us to the traditions surrounding this time of the year. First, from Grumpy Old Bookman, a reminder that a celebration has existed long before Jesus did. And then, from Sharon, at Early Modern Notes, shares some links to various traditions, old and new.

Both of these help counter some of the “put the Christ back in Christmas” arguments as described here. (nyt; registration required). I’m an atheist myself, but I really love some of the religious carols (Silent Night, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear). I wouldn’t object to my children singing them in school, but I think it would need to be clear that there are other holidays to celebrate. There should be balance, I think, and perhaps a discussion about all the various traditions, in order to give everything context.