Can Friends fully embrace the holiday season? A ‘Quakerly Christian’ perspective by Geoff Pilliner

‘I find it far easier to celebrate the birth of a homeless refugee than the image of a baby who was perfect in every way.’

‘That child, born in such ignominious circumstances, would become the man who was closer to the Spirit than anyone in history.’ | Photo: from Pxhere.

As a well-seasoned Quaker, I find Christmas presents problems. Not Scrooge-like problems but spiritual challenges. Early Quakers did not believe in holy days and feast days, believing that every day is sacred, and kept their shops open on Christmas Day against all the rules and customs of the time, but my concerns are in a different area.

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