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Sex, Drugs and Rollickin' Roles: Christmas and Our Ever-Changing Relationship with Nature

Ó Croidheáin, Caoimhghin

Publisher:  Dissident Voice
Date Written:  20/12/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The benefits of industrialisation have come at price as industry and technology the world over pushes nature further and further into ecological crises. Christmas has become the vehicle for the worst excesses of industrialisation, commercialisation and commodification.



One thing is certain about Christmas is that it is rooted in many traditions and superstitions relating to nature that existed long before Christmas and many have continued in one form or another to the present day. The many strands of Christmas can be seen in the variety of different traditions associated with, or originating in, places all over Europe. These strands are, inter alia, the solstice, the Nativity, Saturnalia, Yuletide, St Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz).

The association of Christmas with its earlier midwinter nature worship traditions declined as the Church exerted its power and authority over pagan practices and in more recent centuries as the industrial revolution took people away from the land and into the cities and factories. Since then industrialisation has taken over many aspects of people’s lives as they shifted from being producers to consumers.


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