‘I’m abstaining from Christmas because ________.’

    Millions of Americans don’t do Christmas for reasons religious, cultural, ethical and financial. If you’re one of them, how do you cope with the explosion of Santas and lights and nativities this time of year?

    The world seems awash in red, green, gold. City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style? In the air there’s a feeling of … apathy.

    Complete this sentence:“I’m abstaining from Christmasbecause _____.”

    Your local pharmacy is playing a loop of the top 50 Christmas songs. Neighbors set their meters spinning every sunset when their houses snap on with strings of lights, inflatable Santas and animated reindeer. Every large building downtown has a wreath on its facade and a decorated tree in its lobby.

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    And none of it means a thing to you.

    But it’s inescapable. For Pete’s sake, even WHYY is broadcasting a new Christmas radio play this week.

    Are you one of the millions of Americans who don’t do Christmas? It can be overwhelming to the people who do celebrate the holiday, but for those who don’t, it might even be oppressive.

    What do you do this time of year when Christmas closes in on you from all sides? 

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