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Is it strange to want to do this, to gather together during the dark of winter for a time of happiness, of sharing and giving, of warmth? I don’t think so. So as irrational as it may be, I’m going to wish all of you out there a merry Christmas. And if that’s offensive coming from an atheist, then I truly am sorry.
EMILY F. POPEK is the assistant editor of The Daily Star. Contact her at epopek@thedaily
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