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Christmas Is Changing

Monday, December 23, 2013

Abby Ohlheiser, writer for The Wire, discusses two new studies from the Pew Research Center and the Public Religion Research Institute that look at how Christmas celebrations and attitudes toward the holiday change over time and as people grow up. 

Guests:

Abby Ohlheiser

Comments [9]

Tony from Brooklyn

I'm genuinely curious how Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Lumbaugh or any of the other "War On Christmas" promoters would react to someone wishing them a Happy Hanukah or Merry Kwanza. Would they immediately correct them with a "I don't celebrate/recognize that" or would they accept the inclusionary good will that was offered to them? Not everyone believes the same thing you do or with the same intensity. Too much of anything can be overwhelming sometimes

Dec. 24 2013 08:55 AM
A from Edgewater, NJ

Ozzie, I do not understand the problem with a few Chanukah songs being played along with the never ending Christmas music that assaults everyone for at least a month. By singing to your son that Chanukah is over and obviously being annoyed that the rink was being inclusive was intolerant. Is intolerance what you want to teach your son? You were being no better than the Fox talking heads who claim there is a war on Christmas. By the way, it could not have been more than two or three Chanukah songs since there are no more than that.

Dec. 23 2013 12:48 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Jesus was a Jew and a rabbi, so that's enough.

Dec. 23 2013 11:59 AM
Amy from Manhattan

But the real question is: Does anyone still put up a Chanukah bush?

(& I appreciate Mike's telling his child that Chanukah was over!)

Dec. 23 2013 11:57 AM
The Truth from Becky

It is a Holi(Holy)day to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Dec. 23 2013 11:57 AM
John A

Did you say American Family Research Council (or whatever their name is)? They have been named a hate group by some. See prior segment.

Dec. 23 2013 11:52 AM
Jill

I read online this weekend that Teddy Roosevelt banned having a Christmas Tree from the White House during his tenure. Can you imagine how that would go over today??

Dec. 23 2013 11:50 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Maybe the atheists should put up a Black Hole as their symbol, to represent the utter pointlessness of the multiverse and utter irrelevance and hopelessness of existence?

Dec. 23 2013 11:47 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

From my book Orwnamentally Incorrect

God Only Knows

My town [West Milford] voted to allow holiday religious displays on public property, all comers allowed — the no establishment of religion thing.

The town put up the standard pagan “Holiday tree” in front of the municipal building with no religious ceremony. A resident pushed to have it officially called a “Christmas tree”, but the town council declined.

A rabbi agreed. Instead of ecumenically christening it a Hanukkah bush, he asserted that it was a Christian symbol and put up a menorah, which he said was not a religious symbol but a universal symbol of freedom and light.

Then the Christians put up a nativity scene. The infidels trumped that with a 2 x 9 foot billboard with the 3 wise men, the nativity scene and Star of Bethlehem (6 pointed version) saying “You KNOW it’s a Myth. This Season Celebrate REASON!” The billboard was promptly desecrated in the dead of night, either by an ill wind or sacreligionists unknown.

You never see agnostic billboards. Vigorously asserting that it can’t be asserted comes off wimpy: It May or May not be a Myth!

God Only Knows sounds better.

Copyright © Joseph Mirsky 2013

Dec. 23 2013 10:13 AM

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