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(This article was originally written prior to the current holiday season, but I see the same events transpiring this year as well. People are making it clear that they need Christmas more than ever, so I’m sharing the article with new readers this year.)
I first started noticing something different about the second week of November. I drove by a house with a Christmas tree already covered with lights and glowing in the living room window. Then I passed a house with yards and yards of garland and brilliant lights that shouted Christmas for all the world to see.
Now, I’m not talking about the stores and other halls of commerce, which regularly throw all their Christmas stuff on the shelves the week of Halloween just for the sake of making another buck. Although, frankly, that fact doesn’t bother me particularly because I love Christmas and all of its trappings…
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