About this time I surrender to the inevitability of the advance of Christmas. For the next week it simply takes over my life. Not only do I have family preparations for the great festival but also church ones too. Basically I might as well put on hold any serious work on other things until January.
I read in the Christmas edition of New Stateman magazine a piece by Richard Dawkins, the celebrated atheist. Despite his antithesis to religion he still prefers to call the season Christmas rather than simply “holidays” which is what the Americans do. Of course using the phrase “holidays” is not a secular as it appears because the word derives from the idea of “holy” days. Dawkins also wants us to remember 25th December as the birthday of Isaac Newton because he is one of the greatest scientists ever. This looks to me suspiciously like Dawkins is falling prey to the same spiritual needs for investing time with meaning that faith commmunities are meeting when they designate certsain days for the commemoration of the saints!