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Christmas in Real Time

January 2009By Thomas Lark

Thomas Lark is the editor of The Mount Holly News. He and his wife reside in Mount Holly, North Carolina, near Charlotte. A chaplain in the Sons of Confederate Veterans Historical Honour Society, he is well-known as a Catholic monarchist. His theatrical endeavors include portraying C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands at Belmont Abbey College in 1998, and he is also known for his one-man show as G.K. Chesterton.

Have yourself a merry little -- Thanksgiving?

Mere days after Halloween, I had the disorienting experience of being bombarded by Christmas music on my car radio. A Charlotte station was blasting both Christian carols and secular music, nearly two months before Christmas day. This calendrically incongruous cacophony was pretty hard to take.

You may know the station or its like. Its sister television station is routinely voted as having the "Most Panic-Mongering Newscast in the Region": There's a bridge out in Mecklenburg County. We'll tell you which one at eleven!

Even before election day, to my gobsmacked horror, I beheld houses with gaudy, garish light displays, allegedly having something to do with Christmas and the birth of Our Lord and Savior.


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I think it all depends on where you live. In some parts of this country it is impossible to put out Christmas lights in December. Next year I plan on putting them out near Thanksgivinġ, because this year we had none at all in the back and very few in the front at all. I may not light them up for awhile. If you are proud to be a Christian I see no harm in saying so with lights: your choice as to when. Posted by: andiamo
February 20, 2009 12:13 PM EST
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