Growing up (and remaining!) Jewish, Christmas has always been a fraught time for me. It was the time when have felt most alien in American society, for any number of reasons. The growing materialism of Chanukah, a very different holiday, only made things worse. However, since becoming a parent, I have begun to see things differently. The wonder of the incarnation -- that, as Krista says, the divine would take on a human body, not only in all its frailty, but at its most frail moment, as a newborn, has led me to appreciate more some of the warmth and wonder that many Christians seem to feel at this time of year.
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