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Martin Henry: Is Christmas typical of Christianity?

Christianity today has a joyful attitude towards Christmas, though it was not always so. It is important to combat the pessimism, says Fr Martin Henry

The tree and nativity scene - seen here in those displayed in St Peter's Square at the Vatican this year - are cheery Christmas traditions. Picture by AP Photo/Andrew Medichini
Martin Henry
CHRISTMAS is now a time when people almost feel obliged to 'look on the bright side' of life. Yet it would be difficult to deny that for much of its history, Christianity has also tended to[...]

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