Even Dickens's Bob Cratchit and Dr. Seuss' Grinch had to learn to love Christmas. And in spite of some grumbling about the excesses of commercialism, most of the readers of the Sentinel can't help feeling there's something worth loving in the spirit that pervades this time.

What we yearn for, of course, is something less hectic and programmed—and more real. But we can have more of true Christmas if we'll persist in looking to its origins, to the birth of Christ Jesus and all this means to mankind. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, once commented, "Christmas respects the Christ too much to submerge itself in merely temporary means and ends. It represents the eternal informing Soul recognized only in harmony, in the beauty and bounty of Life everlasting,—in the truth that is Life, the Life that heals and saves mankind" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany). ...

The fact is that it's hard to have Christmas only once a year. A genuine spiritual intuition that God is the Life and Soul of man just won't confine itself to four or five weeks at the end of the calendar. As "Thinking it through" suggests, real spirituality doesn't have a "proper place," because its place is actually in the midst of our lives. That's the theme of the articles and testimonies and editorials in this issue. We hope they'll help you have more Christmas than ever this year. —The Editors

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The place of religion
December 16, 1991

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