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July 21, 2011

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Thanks for reminding us how much the word "Christmas" can exclude lots of people. As someone who was raised a Christian but who has always had plenty of non-Christians (Jews, agnostics, atheists) as important people in my life, I have always been aware, at Christmastime, that this is not the only game in town. But strangely, in this case, when Christmas is used in a figurative sense ("it's like Christmas in April"), the exclusiveness of the image went right past me. I didn't give it a second thought, other than that it was sort of corny. The word simply meant to me something like "a magical time of gift-giving, when wonderful things can happen out of the blue". It's curious: many Christians want to keep this as a specifically religious holiday ("keep Christ in Christmas") but at the same time they seem to want everyone to accept it as a universal time of joy and celebration, no matter what their belief is. People are funny.

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