It's exactly one week until Christmas Day, a good time to savor the glory, complexity, sweetness, oddity and just plain hodgepodge-ness, if that's a word, of the Western world's biggest holiday. As usual, the ignoramuses of the right are complaining that we all need to return to the pure, unadulterated roots of Christmas like anybody is stopping them from doing exactly that. Christmas for the rest of us, though, whether you're a "believer" or not, is a fascinating cultural mongrel, a mix of traditions, some of which go back to beyond the Middle Ages, while others came along as recently as the 20th century. Read a great column by Laura Miller in today's New York Times about why Christmas' hybrid nature makes it so great. The essay is called "It's a Narnia Christmas," which should make more than a few members of the religious right grind their teeth bonus!