Here at TNPS I adhere firmly to the three-Christmases principle: The pagan winter festival that long predates the birth of Jesus; the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus; and the commercial Christmas of Santa, trees and twinkling lights and flying reindeer that has nothing whatsoever to do with the belief system of anyone-over- eight-years-old.

The publishing industry owes Charles Dickens a big debt of gratitude. With the publication of the novella A Christmas Carol in 1843, Dickens pretty much created the modern Christmas publishing industry bonanza.