Nearly smothered beneath piles of gift catalogs, nearly drowned in a sea of elevator-music Christmas carols, there burns a persistent secret flame.
Solstice? revolution? religious miracle? military might? Like most things, this holiday can be viewed from multiple perspectives.
Forty-four years ago, pop culture received an unexpected push leftward with "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
In earliest human society, survival through the winter was no sure thing, and wintertime starvation was common. Then comes the Winter Solstice.