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"It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the
commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family
responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy
Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the
enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not
run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission
to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early
Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy
people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how
maddening is the Christmas rush…"

-Fr. Andrew Greely