December 2, 2004

Try these Christmas specials:

Via Whatever:

Ayn Rand's A Selfish Christmas (1951)

In this hour-long radio drama, Santa struggles with the increasing demands of providing gifts for millions of spoiled, ungrateful brats across the world, until a single elf, in the engineering department of his workshop, convinces Santa to go on strike. The special ends with the entropic collapse of the civilization of takers and the spectacle of children trudging across the bitterly cold, dark tundra to offer Santa cash for his services, acknowledging at last that his genius makes the gifts -- and therefore Christmas -- possible. Prior to broadcast, Mutual Broadcast System executives raised objections to the radio play, noting that 56 minutes of the hour-long broadcast went to a philosophical manifesto by the elf and of the four remaining minutes, three went to a love scene between Santa and the cold, practical Mrs. Claus that was rendered into radio through the use of grunts and the shattering of several dozen whiskey tumblers. In later letters, Rand sneeringly described these executives as "anti-life."

Oh my. I had issues reading Rand. She looks pretty sad.

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Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 2, 2004 4:51 PM

Um, okay. I think I'll just watch Frosty the Snowman and The Christmas Story. It's the most wonderful time of the year, but commercialized Christmas is getting out of hand.

Posted by: Karissa at December 2, 2004 10:57 PM

I agree, Karissa. Christmas is losing its elegant simplicity. This whole capitalizing and comercialization of a once humble celebration is making me nauseated.

Posted by: Evan at December 3, 2004 11:41 AM

No kidding. And the simple fact that the commercials and decorations pop out earlier and earlier every year is really grating on my nerves. I saw people putting lights up as soon as they took down Halloween decorations!

Besides, I'd rather focus on Christmas as a holiday to celebrate the birth of our Savior--a time to spend enjoying family and friends and a moment of peace on Earth. *wistful smile*

Posted by: Karissa at December 4, 2004 12:53 PM
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