I'm sure the fact that we don't believe in you has something to do with your snubbing us year after year. Do we, a people known to produce a whiner or two, complain? No, some of us, myself included, have made an effort to believe.
If you're among the Christmas-conflicted, here are five ideas to bring tidings of comfort and joy during this season of others' cheer. You can fight back with your own little war.
I can admire your trees and your lights in this dark season and your Santa with his merry laugh. But it all gets too serious when I see that manger with its empty cradle waiting for the birth of a baby whose horrible death will be blamed on me.
Upon further examination, the declining belief in the historical accuracy of the Christmas story tracks other related trends, such as a similar double-digit drop in belief that the Bible is the word of God.
I don't accept that Obama actually believes that the interim agreement will lead to anything concrete. He knows Iran will never agree to dismantle the country's nuclear capability.
January has been dubbed "divorce month" -- and with good reason. It shows a higher number of divorce filings than any other month. Why? Because people aren't usually in a big hurry to call it quits -- and tell their kids -- right before the family-est time of the year.
Losses and grief are rekindled at this time of year; adults may feel lonely and left out; children may remember the holiday when both parents were together and the world felt safe and secure for your children.
Whether it is Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Solstice, New Year's Eve or a festival of light, the human instinct to move closer to the source of light and life intensifies when the world around us grows darker and colder.
The snowman celebrates Hanukkah just like me! He is Jewish. I wonder if the holiday marketers at companies like Starbucks, 5 Below, Target, Amazon and the like know this?
There's so much to be thankful for that it's best to stay in the moment and focus on those around you, the joy they bring and the magic of this time of year.
Last Thursday night, Travis Air Force Base in California held its annual Christmas tree lighting. In a lame attempt to avoid complaints of not being religiously inclusive, a small menorah was included in the base's "holiday" display along with the tree and a nativity scene.
"This gentleman bought your drink." He looks supremely confused. The wiring that had allowed him to throw mental daggers at me just a moment prior is short-circuiting.
Christmas and Kwanzaa are just days away, Hanukkah has just ended, and as always, for many people the issue of interfaith relationships still poses a ...
Chanukah comes to an end this week. It is the holiday of extending and holding the light. Mr. Mandela did just that in his lifetime. Perhaps he has passed the torch to all of us who admired his life. It would be a privilege and duty to keep this flame of social justice burning.
How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?
My eyes filled with tears thinking about the many miracles that had to transpire to make this moment possible: a young nation imperfectly fighting its way toward a more perfect union, expanding circles of freedom, a deep commitment to religious liberty and diversity.