Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Will we ever get home in time for Christmas?

In case you were under the impression that a busy Christmas season is a challenge people have faced only just recently, here is G.K. Chesterton lamenting the rush of the season way back in 1929:

"The Christmas season is domestic; and for that reason most people now prepare for it by struggling in tramcars, standing in queues, rushing away in trains, crowding despairingly into teashops, and wondering when or whether they will ever get home. I do not know whether some of them disappear forever in the toy department or simply lie down and die in the tea-rooms; but by the look of them, it is quite likely. Just before the great festival of the home the whole population seems to have become homeless" - from The Thing: Why I am a Catholic

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