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Merry Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Tonight is just one of those special times for me now. Some years ago now, I joined a lovely choir in a Unitarian Universalist church. We sing on Christmas eve, with such lovely, lovely people, with candlelight and with the church bell chiming, and we all in the choir hug each other at the end. I'm not what you would call religious, not by any stretch - no particular dogma quite captures how I feel about the world - but I do believe in this one moment where we come together once a year and sing peacefully.

Tonight, my inlaws came, and they are bible-thumping evangelical republicans who think badly of those who vote for democrats, and my parents come, and they are lapsed disenchanted Catholics, who think those who vote for republicans are a little bit loony, and we all manage to have dinner together and sing. These kinds of moments are important, even though we come from different sides of theology and life.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, if that is what you celebrate, and whatever you celebrate in your lives, I hope you all have a good, prosperous, healthy year ahead.
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