Anil Dash writes on how New York Invented Christmas.
I’ve always wondered how our Christmas traditions would be different if Currier & Ives had lived in Florida? Those winter images are so deep in our culture that Floridians feel compelled to start fires in their fireplaces, but then must turn on the air conditioning because the house gets too warm.
If Currier & Ives had lived in Florida maybe our traditions would be caroling in shorts, enjoying a round of golf on Christmas and hanging Spanish moss from our crepe myrtles. The Christmas feast would be eating seafood or having a picnic of hamburgers and hot dogs.
Also people in Australia wonder if they shouldn’t have traditions more suitable to a Christmas summer?