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The Meaning of Christmas 21 Dec 2009
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How to explain the biblical message to children in an increasingly secular society

Last week many schools up and down the country marked the season festivities with a celebration of one sort or another. But are they celebrating the Christmas story, the winter festivals or just a national holiday? The nativity is no longer part of every school's winter activities, and with the commercial pressures that surround this time of year, how do we go about teaching children the meaning of Christmas? The author and former editor of the Catholic Herald Cristina Odone joins Jane to discuss the issue, along with writer Ariane Sherine, editor of the Atheist’s Guide to Christmas.
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