By Michelle Jenkins
Director of the Sycamore Tree Catholic Retreat Center 

Christmas: Its myth, folklore and mystery


December 21, 2023

Christmas, especially an American Christmas, is “a many splendored thing.”

It engages the imagination and the heart. And while it is a Christian feast – celebrating the birth of Christ - unlike other Christian feasts, it is celebrated not just by Christians but by just about everyone. And in America we start celebrating it right after Halloween! We celebrate it with fanfare and great expectations. What is an “American Christmas?”

There is some myth: Santa Claus, reindeer and Christmas elves for starters. Santa Claus has his origins in a real person, St. Nicholas, the...

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