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Materialism darkens Christmas

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Even those who do not celebrate Christmas as the time of Christ’s birth still should appreciate the joy and — gasp — simplicity of this time.

Our world has become so obsessed with the materialistic version of Christmas — the one that can be found at the store, put on a credit card and wrapped in a box — that we forget that Christmas should be seen as a time for love and for family.

Whether Christian, Jew, Buddhist, atheist or whatever, everyone at least can look beyond what is advertised on television with sparkles and bells and whistles and see their family.

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