Io, Saturnalia!

December 6, 2005

{Christmas Abstract } – “before we go any further, I want to draw the distinction between Christmas carols and Christmas music. Christmas carols are very old, and are by and large about Jesus. Christmas music is mostly from the latter half of the Twentieth Century, and generally replaces Jesus with Santa Claus. Much Christmas music is, in fact, quite irreverent about Santa; he kisses mommy under the mistletoe, he is capable of being mugged by the enemies of Ray Davies, Grandma is run over by his reindeer. He is represented as having a coarse and earthy materiality — he is corpulent, he carries items, his laugh is his most distinctive utterance. “