Merry Christmas everyone!
To mark the day, here's my favorite "holiday" editorial, written by Dr. Peikoff: Why Christmas Should be More Commercial. A sample paragraph, but be sure to read the whole thing:
Of course, the Puritans denounced Santa as the Anti-Christ, because he pushed Jesus to the background. Furthermore, Santa implicitly rejected the whole Christian ethics. He did not denounce the rich and demand that they give everything to the poor; on the contrary, he gave gifts to rich and poor children alike. Nor is Santa a champion of Christian mercy or unconditional love. On the contrary, he is for justice--Santa gives only to good children, not to bad ones.For more on the history of the holiday, see this Bloomberg piece.