Two Cheers for Capitalism (And Another for Black Friday)
Search all around the globe, and you may never find a mostly-agnostic* half-Jew who loves Christmas more than I do. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, mostly because of the pure joy spread by the vast majority of Americans who are believers. Even self-described "intransigent atheist" Ayn Rand praised Christmas for its "good will toward men," expressed in a "cheerful, happy, benevolent" way.
But if we're being totally honest, part of the thrill of Christmas is the pure material joy of all the stuff.
I just don't mean the presents, either. I'm talking about the decorations, the lights, the sparkly tinsel, the gift wrap, the food, the drink... Oh my, the food and the drink. I can't get enough of the Christmas music, either, especially the totally commercial, secular stuff written mostly in the '30s, '40s, and '50 by America's greatest songwriters. The most famous of them all, "The Christmas Song," was co-written by Mel Tormé -- a Jew. If all that doesn't warm your heart, then you sir are worse than Hitler.