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"Christmas is the harvest time of love. Souls are drawn to other souls. All that we have read and thought and hoped comes to fruition at this happy time. Our spirits are astir. We feel within us a strong desire to serve. A strange, subtle force, a new kindness animates man and child. A new spirit is growing in us. No longer are we content to relieve pain, to sweeten sorrow, to give the crust of charity. We dare to give friendship, service, the equal loaf of bread and love..."

--Helen Keller (1880-1968)

"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together..."

--Garrison Keillor

"Logically, Christmas is a politically incorrect festival that causes embarrassment to those Americans who are not Christian (though not to Islamic shoppers because for them Jesus is the greatest of the prophets before Muhammad and his birthday deserves to be celebrated). But Christmas is an intricate element in American culture and cannot be extirpated..."

--Andrew Greeley, "Let’s Give the Holidays back to the Pagans," Chicago-Sun Times, 13 Dec 2005

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