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A Yeshiva Boy and Christmas

Johnnyp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 11:59 AM
There is no Christmas anymore in the US. It's now referred to as shopping season, or December 25th.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 12:06 PM
Oh, phooey. Christmas came before there was any commercialism, and it will survive commercialism.
Johnnyp Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 8:29 AM
goldilocks Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 9:29 AM
When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in England. When classes let out for the last two weeks of December, I traveled to Morocco, where something life-changing occurred.

What happened was that I felt a longing, even an emptiness, I had never before experienced. Something was missing from my life, but I could not at first identify it. I knew it was not about being without friends or family -- after all, I hadn't been with family or friends for the previous three months. And it wasn't about being alone -- I had gotten used to...