The Myths That Stole Christmas, by David Kyle Johnson (Humanist Press, November 2015). Subtitle: Seven Misconceptions That Hijacked the Holiday (and How We Can Take It Back). First lines of the book's Introduction:
What's Wrong with Christmas?
The fact that you are willing to consider this question at all reveals something because the question is loaded -- it assumes that there is, in fact, something wrong with Christmas. So, if you formulated an answer, instead of objecting to the assumption, you are willing to break one of the harshest social taboos and admit that Christmas isn't perfect. Christmas is not a holiday during which everyone is always happy and nothing is ever wrong.Initial Thoughts:
One of my Early Reviewer wins from Library Thing; I was intrigued by the idea that someone would actually dare to criticize Christmas in today's cultural climate. Haven't officially started reading this one yet, and I actually have several other books I need to finish before the end of the year. But since we're in the midst of the holiday season now, I thought I might bump this one ahead in the line-up. The subject is decidedly controversial, of course; but I like to think I still have at least a partially open mind in such matters.
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.