Is Wonderful Life


Yes it is, I guess. You know, certain types of “Christian” are always on about how Christmas is a pagan holiday and has little to do with Jesus Christ and/or how society seeks to secularize it by saying “Happy Holidays” and so on. I say, “yeah, why not?” Why not just accept that Christmas is a winter festival of light like those in pretty much every human culture? During the winter when the sunlight is in short supply, humans like to light up their habitats in an effort to feel better and less afraid of what lurks outside in the darkness and the cold. As one with a tendency towards seasonal depression, I like these kinds of holidays. Why not just accept Christmas for what it is, the celebration of a series of syrupy mythical assumptions and folk tales developed in the 19th century to sell goods manufactured by the industries which arose during the industrial revolution? All human myths and folk tales came into existence in this manner, at some point they were initiated by a culture in order to enshrine and express the world view of that culture at that time. Our culture pretty much came into existence in the early 19th century, especially in the 19th century media landscape of print publishing in books, magazines and especially newspapers. The embryonic framework  of the global consensus hallucination of our daily raging media storm was in place by the mid-nineteenth century, especially in England and America.

Who can deny that Santa Claus, for instance, is largely the invention of  cartoonist Thomas Nast? Or, indeed that he was further refined and defined by the Coca Cola company?

Coca Cola Claus


I have no trouble with all of this. I say that this is the festival that we celebrate, with little to do with the Middle Eastern cycle of myths upon which it is loosely based.

And so, Merry Christmas once again.  In celebration, here are the final scenes of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

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