Attempts to neutralize Christmas

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As we continue to meditate on the meaning of Advent, we are not as much resisting attempts to make Christmas meaningless as we are fighting with alternative meanings.  There is no such thing (in the last analysis) as a vacuum holiday, a celebration without a point.  Attempts to neutralize Christmas are simply an intermediate step – and the alternative meanings are waiting in the wings. (Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry, 31)

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