CHRISTMAS, BAH HUMBUG DEPARTMENT
And among many great diatribes against the whole immovable feast, there is George Bernard Shaw at his bitterest and most biased. From “Our Theatres in the Nineties,” the pertinent part of a biting paragraph: I am sorry to have to introduce the subject of Christmas in these articles. It is an indecent subject; a cruel, gluttonous subject; a drunken, disorderly subject; a wasteful, disastrous subject; a wicked, cadging, lying, filthy, blasphemous, and demoralising subject. Christmas is forced on a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press; in its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred; and anyone who looked back to it would be turned into a pillar of greasy sausages. From Ideals
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