Published December 26, 2022
Why do we love Christmas so much? Other holidays have their loyal followings and their elaborate rituals, to be sure, signaling their appearance on the cultural calendar weeks in advance by a change of décor at department stores and a different line-up of kitschy gifts and candies on the seasonal aisle at the pharmacy. But for most of these—Valentine’s, Easter, Halloween—most of us grimace at the tawdry store displays and actually celebrate the holiday for only a day or a weekend, if at all.
When it comes to Christmas, though, most of us can’t seem to get enough of it. From late November till early January, we hang Christmas decorations, listen to Christmas music, attend Christmas parties, bake Christmas goodies, and of course, participate in endless rites of gift-shopping and gift-giving.
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Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.
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