C.S. Lewis once wrote a friend, “I feel exactly as you do about the horrid commercial racket they have made out of Christmas. I send no cards and give no presents except to children.” Maybe you don’t have to give up shopping and gift-giving completely, but there are creative ways to circumvent to consumer madness of the holidays.
On the convergence of the presidential inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many will celebrate—deservedly—the long way we’ve come from Dr. King’s campaign for civil rights to the inauguration of our nation’s first black president for his second term. But have we come far enough?