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Pick of the Day: When Christmas is someone else's day

In the news biz, Christmas duty usually falls to a skeleton crew, in many newsrooms composed mainly of Jews and other non-Christians, for whom this is just another day on the calendar. I'm working today, leading a crew of reporters, almost all of whom are also Jewish.

But of course Dec. 25 is not just another day. In a country so heavily dominated by Christians, this is as close to a national religious holiday as we get. For people who don't share in the day and its meaning and import, that can be alienating or scary. Here's a piece I wrote many years ago about that feeling--it can seem an angry story, yet in the end, it's about the struggle that so many non-Christians go through as they try to come to terms with being on the outside, looking in.

By Marc Fisher  | December 25, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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I totally get that, I'm over 40 and my family is (and has been my whole life) non-religious, which a whole lot of people don't understand. We have holiday celebrations (and appreciate the time off work, yes :-)) but there isn't anything religious about it. Again, a lot of people don't get that. I try to spend time w/the fam during the holidays, but I'm also the person ticked off that nothing is open except 7-11 and maybe a CVS or two. Can't speak to movie theaters, I don't go to movies anyway.

Posted by: indy474 | December 25, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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