Christmas That Is Coming Print
Written by Sherry   
Sunday, 19 December 2010 10:08

G. K. Chesterton, of course.

"There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes, as I am doing in this article.  It is the very essence of festival that it breaks upon one brilliantly and abruptly, that at one moment the great day is not and the next moment the great day is.  Up to a certain specific instant you are feeling ordinary and sad; for it is only Wednesday.  At the next moment your leaps up and your souls and body dance together like lovers; for in one burst and blaze it has become Thursday.

I am assuming (of course) that you are a worshipper of Thor, and that you celebrate his day once a week, possibly with human sacrifice.  If, on the other hand, you are a modern Christian Englishman, you hail (of course) with the same explosion of gaiety the appearance of the English Sunday."

The Illustrated London News, December 19, 1906.