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Getting into "the Christmas Spirit" in the middle of "all that is going on"

I've been in several conversations lately that have to do with current events or someone's personal struggles, and as a result "how difficult it is to get into 'the Christmas spirit' with all the hustle and hurry and stress and violence and political conflict going on."

What I need to remember -- and offer to you as a thought today-- is that hustle, hurry, stress, violence, and political conflict are only a contrast with Christmas if you are insisting on trying to celebrate one of two cultural Christmas's (that aren't really Christmas at all).

The first non-real cultural Christmas is the "Commercialized Christmas" -- what I'd call "the Feast of the Incarnation of the unholy trinity of Zales, Best Buy, and Audi." This is a commodified Christmas, a "lie-loudly-and-often-enough-that-people-will-believe-they-can-buy-their-way-into-happiness" Christmas.  This Christmas is all about, as Wordsworth would say, "getting and…