Im a right leaning American, yes.
Im a left leaning American, yes.
Im not American, yes.
Im a right leaning American, no.
Im a left leaning American, no.
Im not American, no.
I can only know what I have done.
Knee-jerk anti-government sentiment is not a viable political philosophy.
So its not skewed, but if you have conflicting data please post it. This also extends beyond political ideology, as more religious dems and republicans give more to charity.
I don't agree with him on the 'saved' thing, but I do agree about it being about love and peace. For me, it's also about the fellowship and festivities. I absolutely love the decorations and lights. As for presents, I spend what I can afford, I do not drive myself into debt over it.
I liked Ben Stein's definition of Christmas. It fits right in with my interpretation. It is about forgiveness. There are several Psalms that depict righteousness in the form of an evergreen tree whether it be the cedars of Lebanon, a palm tree, or an olive tree. I am reminded of that when I see a Christmas tree. Another thing that stands out to me is Hanukkah also known as "the festival of lights" and coincides in timing with the Gentile Christmas celebration. I happen to be from a family that has Jewish and Gentile traditions. In my house you will find a Menorah and a Christmas tree. Gentiles know how to do lights! But the Menorah is a reminder of a great miracle. All the commandments of God are summed up in two. 1. Love God 2. Love Others. Everything evolves around love. And in order to love you have to be willing to forgive.