I grew up in the west of Ireland.
Ireland is steeped in superstition. You are surrounded by reminders of the past. The recent past, the medieval past and the ancient past.
Growing up in this frankly idyllic setting I was frequently struck by how much of our pagan past protruded out from under the veneer of Roman Catholicism.
I remember once asking why everyone burned bonfires on June 21, the summer solstice. I was told it was because that was St. John’s day. Bullshit!
You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that if you live in northwest Europe and it’s late December you might need a bit of cheering up! Yeah, a colorful tree sounds good!
That’s going to sell to anyone.
Happy holidays y’all!