The power of Christmas (and Christianity) shows through even in unexpected places, such as Saturday Night Live. When the producers of the show, in the wake of the horrific school shooting in Connecticut, were looking for something with beauty and emotional depth, they chose a song about the true meaning of Christmas, not a secular Christmas song or an ersatz "holiday" song. Last night's show began with a choir singing Silent Night, a fact widely commented on in the media. Even many of those who no longer believe in Christ recognize that Christianity at least attempts to provide answers to the most profound questions, something today's secular culture either miserably fails at or does not even attempt.
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.