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The meaning of Christmas - for me

This morning I read a post in Yahoo! news. People in a neighborhood in Michigan were sent anonymous letters telling them that the Christmas lights that they had put up were "pagan" in origin and therefore, they should be taken down. A lot of comments appeared under that post ranging from good, bad and ugly. 

I wanted to post a comment myself and then I realized that what I had wanted to say would not suffice in a solitary reply. So here goes..

I grew up in a Christian family in a completely Hindu neighborhood. For all our lives I felt I did not fit in with all the traditions of the Pujas and Diwali and Holi (which was always during Lent, so we never were allowed to participate). 


I still remember waking up on a chill fall morning, listening to the Mahalaya program on the radio, while curled up under cozy blankets. 

I still remember bursting firecrackers on Diwali, and the luchi/meat kossa dinner we always had that night. 

I still remember the loud blaring microphones dur…