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The crèche and the cash register

Can you keep store and still keep Christmas?

"This will be my 15th holiday season working in retail," he says. "Each year I wonder why I put so much time and effort into a job — and business — that encourages our society to focus on all the wrong reasons we celebrate Christmas. Many times I've thought of finding work that doesn't encourage the material side of Christmas.

"After much prayer and conversation with others in my congregation, I came to the conclusion that there was a reason God gave me the gifts to do my job well. It was so I could work among all those people who feed on the mate-rial frenzy of the holiday season and share the real reason we celebrate Christmas: the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ."


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