C.S. Lewis once wrote an essay describing a far-off land called "Niatirb" ("Britain" spelled backwards) where two feasts seemed to be held on the same day: "Christmas" and "Xmas". The distinction between the two feasts seems to hold in the US too. This is reflected in our holiday entertainment fare, with some interesting results that lie in various places along a sort of spectrum from "Christmas" film at one end to "Holiday" film at the other.
Consider perhaps the greatest American Christmas film: It's a Wonderful Life. It is chock full of Frank Capra's Italian Catholic practical piety which was much more interested in "doing something for the little guy" than it was in theological...READ MORE