Every year, right around the time of the winter solstice, families across the country gather around dinner tables or hearths or Zoom calls to celebrate the spirit of the holiday – which, depending on your interpretation, involves gifts, gratitude, feasts and… time travel.
Yeah. Time travel. The Doc Brown, “Doctor Who,” sci-fi thing. Bear with me a second, this is gonna be sort of weird but I promise it’s fun and even, I’m not kidding, makes perfect sense: A Christmas Carol invented both modern time travel and helped define modern Christmas, so it must therefore be concluded that time travel is as important a part of the holiday as gift giving, mistletoe, “Die Hard” and seeing relatives get drunker than is comfortable. But let’s back up.