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How Saint Francis Can Help Save Christmas

A friend of mine was walking through his neighborhood a few weeks before Christmas, years ago. As he approached one house, he noticed the Nativity in the front yard. Everything was in its place—shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, a manger—only inside the manger was the baby Jesus wearing a Santa Clause hat: a fur-lined, red hat with that cool-looking white ball thingy at the top. That’s the problem with Christmas. Many of us cannot see the difference between who Jesus was, what He taught and did, and the unhinged consumerism of America’s most gluttonous season. ‘Tis the Season to Be Consumers This requires us to ask: What should we be thinking and doing at Christmas? Before a renaissance in my…
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