Have you noticed the prevalence of snowmen as a growing secular symbol for Christmas?
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing personal against snowmen. I like them and they bring a sense of nostalgia along with the Christmas season. In a way, this is a false nostalgia for me because I can count on one hand how many white Christmas’s I have enjoyed.
There are many symbols of the Christmas season, many religious ones and many secular ones. And part of the beauty of the season is this mixture of symbols, a symphony of sights and sounds and smells, all playing to our nostalgia of the past and courting our hopes for the future. There is nothing wrong with all of this, but I am a little bewildered at how some Christmas scenes can look like Christmas without really being Christmas.