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But only 54 percent say they do so now.

While the reason for the season has changed not one iota, it’s clear our global society is trying to hold onto traditions and customs — wherever that may be.

Movers and shakers in Washington are moving and shaking a lot of things in the wrong direction.

But as the song encourages, may your days be merry and bright.

Merry Christmas, dear readers.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at