Monday, December 13, 2010

Tough love for Christmas

Firing off what some would not doubt consider another salvo in the "war on Christmas," Soho the Dog (aka Matthew Guerrieri), who considers himself a great fan of Christmas music, nevertheless observes that the Anglo-American celebration of Christmas "was never that big a deal until the Victorians made it that big a deal. . . . [T]he modern Christmas emerged out of a nostalgia for something that never really was in the first place:"

On a more cheerful note, Christmas is the one time of year when people who ordinarily wouldn't go within a mile of a Renaissance motet or a baroque oratorio joyfully listen to, and even take part in singing, music from the same tradition.