BAUBLES OF ABUNDANCE

The Woodworker|December 2019

BAUBLES OF ABUNDANCE
Having a happier Christmas

A significant difference between you and me and the rest of creation is that we are thinking beings, rational, analytical, and observant of the world and how it works. We develop science and technology, and bit by bit we banish superstition. We look down on senseless ritual and blind belief. Then we blow it. Once a year for no particular reason we cut down a tree and, bizarrely, plonk it in our living room. We illuminate it, festoon it with shiny nonsense, and stack presents underneath it. Then we sit round it comfortable in the knowledge that we’ve done things properly even though we don’t really know what we’ve done at all.

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December 2019