Sorry, not much posting yesterday, today, or tomorrow. But if you are looking for some thoughtful statement on Christmas, don't look at me. Look at James Carroll (Boston Globe), who wrote "The Politics of the Christmas Story."
In modern times, religion and politics began to be understood as occupying separate spheres, and the nativity story became spiritualized and sentimentalized, losing its political edge altogether. "Peace" replaced resistance as the main motif. The baby Jesus was universalized, removed from his decidedly Jewish context, and the narrative's explicit critiques of imperial dominance and of wealth were blunted.