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It’s a bit late in the day for churches to put the Christ back into Christmas

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Belfast's Christmas market. Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Belfast's Christmas market. Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Meghan Markle. Credit: Dominic Lipinski

Meghan Markle. Credit: Dominic Lipinski

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Belfast's Christmas market. Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

The annual seasonal debate about whether gross commercialisation has eclipsed the religious significance of Christmas — and whether this is such a bad thing — once again got under way this week.

Usually, it’s pitched as a sort of power struggle for seasonal supremacy between Christ Himself and that interloper Santa Claus, with his sack of goodies and relentless ho-ho-hoing.


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