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Well, it's that time of year again, and I'm being asked by our gay editors to speak a few words in regard to Christmas, the holiday season, and its true meaning. I think by now it should be quite obvious to anyone with a credit card or TV set what the true meaning of Christmas is! If you are still unsure, try going home without gifts this year!

Better yet, simply explain to your kids that you will be celebrating the birth of Christ and not indulging in the commercial exploitation of this holiday! That'll get them over to the in-laws! What's wrong with buying gifts and celebrating the life of Santa Claus?

Santa Claus has a pretty tough job, too! He watches over everyone 24/7 and answers our requests just like God, so he has a pretty fair claim to that day! Try asking God for a dirt bike! I'll bet you'll have more luck writing Santa a letter and giving it to your old man!

Seriously, biblical scholars by and large now agree that Jesus was not even born on December 25! That date was selected later when the Roman calendar was changed. It has been determined that Jesus was born on January 14. This year, just try celebrating Christmas on January 14!

And why do we suddenly have to attend office "holiday parties"? Who are we fooling, anyway? Just how many people will be attending your party that will be offended by using the term "Christmas"?? Here's an idea - don't invite those guys! If you were really celebrating the birth of Christ, there would be absolutely no reason to change the name of your party to hide that fact! When your daughter gets married, try telling everyone that is is a "civil union". You aren't worried about offending anyone then, because you wouldn't invite people like that!

Obviously, this is not what you are celebrating! Our society long ago decided that Christmas was a secular holiday. Religious people are welcome to celebrate as they wish, but why not allow non-religious people to celebrate what they want when they want?

Santa Claus should take a back seat to nobody! Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and celebrating his existence is a time-honored Western tradition! This is truly a holiday that is open to everyone from all backgrounds and religious sects! Just call it Christmas and do what you like!

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Orville K. Bass, American

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