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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-12-12 03:30 AM
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3. Yes and no. It used to be a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish religious calendar, but
Edited on Wed Dec-12-12 03:31 AM by No Elephants
it has grown quite a bit, probably because of its proximity to Christmas, something like the colonists' expanding Thanksgiving celebrations into December.

Also, I understand that Christmas gift-giving bears some theoretical relation to the birth of Jesus because of the gifts brought to Jesus by the magi (though, on that basis, the gifts should be to Jesus or the church, not each other).

However, I am not at all sure what giving presents had to do with the miracle of a bit of oil lasting longer than expected?

Meh. Any reason to celebrate with each other and have lights and eat good food in the dead of winter can't be too wrong--unless people start going nuts about what we call a tree or whether we go with gnomes instead of male gingerbread.

The fault is not with the season, but with the nutcakes.
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