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Thank you for expressing so eloquently the aversion I have developed over the years towards a holiday that was so meaningful when my adult children were young. Then we focused on the mystery of new life in the dark of the year, the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends, the beauty of light and music. As we all grew up together, we've forgotten some of that wonder. The challenge now is to reject the dominant culture's perversion of ancient rituals and return to what my kids used to call "the true meaning". Blessings!