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Christmas Struggle

“U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe announced Tuesday [Nov. 30] that he will not participate in Tulsa’s Parade of Lights until organizers put ‘Christ’ back in the event’s title.” This incident is one more volley in the battle to put Christ “back” into Christmas and in a wider struggle to “reclaim” a presumed tradition — the reverential, family-based Christmas.

Yet the traditional Christmas was not a sweet, sacred, domestic event; for generations, many Americans have been trying to make it one. (For an overview, see here.) The struggle to take the shopping — and the shooting — out of Christmas goes back a couple of centuries.


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