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You don't have to be religious to revel in the holiday season

You don't have to be religious to revel in the holiday season

I'm not a believer in God, but that's never stopped me from reveling in holiday cheer. Jewish by birth, I've never met a latke I didn't love. I've found that lighting a menorah and attending a midnight Mass afford me an opportunity to meditate on the humanist values I hold dear: inclusiveness, empathy and a sense of humor. Still, I'm heartened to discover the abundance of merrymaking and gifts perfectly suited to the secular celebrant.

For my lapsed Christian friends blessed with a sweet tooth and a soft spot for puns: wickedly refreshing peppermint-flavored Atone-Mints or devilishly red-hot Sin-o-Mints. There's even a felt stocking festooned with...

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