Chestnut Polenta: Better Than Fruitcake

This piece was published on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality page on November 20, 2006.

I’m the kind of religious grump who spends way too much time during the year’s waning days grinding my teeth every time I encounter the secularization of the holiday season. I am offended because Santa’s toy-laden sleigh has replaced Mary’s womb as the bearer of the gift of Christmas. I’m even prone to rant over the secularization of Thanksgiving, which already is secular, but in my defense, when we sit down to a meal of turkey and all the trimmings, we should be giving thanks for more than football.

But I want this year to be different.

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