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What's The Matter With Celebrating Xmas?

By Tzvi Fishman
12/16/2007, 12:00 AM

An e-mailer from Canada asks, "What's the matter with a Jewish family celebrating the non-religious aspects of Xmas - presents, stockings, Xmas tree - so that the children won't feel different from their friends?"

Thank G-d, in Israel, a Jew doesn't have this dilemma, since you don't even know it is Xmas here, unless you get lost and drive into Bethlehem, where you would be slaughtered in two minutes by the lovers of peace and Xmas joy.

I feel I am too out of the Xmas scene to answer this Jew's question in a way that he would understand, so I am turning to you to answer for me, in the hope that your answers will save him and his family from the certain spiritual death that they face. 

What's the matter with celebrating Xmas?