On Christmas Eve's Eve, the pickings are a little slimmer in our pre-holiday countdown (catch up on our previous installments here and here), but that's perhaps because commentators, like everyone else, are closing up shop a little early for the holidays.
- Christmas Is Unchristian Peter Lawler at Postmodern Conservative reports the unusual view of a man he met at a Christmas party: "This guy told me calmly and almost as an aside that, because he's not a Roman Catholic, he and his family don't celebrate Christmas. His kids call Santa a stupid fat man. He, of course, is all for Christmas parties, but the thinks the birth of the Lord should be remembered every Lord's day. The Catholics, he explained, were really good at converting pagans by appropriating their seasonal festivals for Christian purposes. But December 25 signifies, in truth, nothing properly Christian."
- Bankers Only Buying $80 Wine This Xmas, Jessica Pressler at New York Magazine jokes. She teases a USA Today story that reported that the banker pre-bonus spending spree was muted: "Gosh, that's sad ... We can't possibly be doomed to drink $80 bottles of wine at holiday parties forever. Not least because considering the way the dollar is going, wine is going to get much more expensive."
- Dear Feminists: Stop Appropriating the Holiday, grouses Tim Graham at Newsbusters. He bemoans an NPR special featuring a pro-feminist song. One of the lines that gets him incensed: "Can't these chicks do anything but whine? (Dance break!)"
- Don't Worry About Morality When You Buy Presents, says Nathan Epstein at True/Slant. "Today, consumer choices are meant to say something about the morality of the buyer. This is a profound and disturbing shift...All of this obscures the plain fact: shopping choices are not moral choices. They're just what they the term indicates: shopping choices. Nothing more."