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The Geopolitics of Christmas

MIN READDec 25, 2019 | 10:00 GMT

Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself.

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Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself. The contemporary, increasingly international version of Christmas is less a religious festival than a celebration of affluence, modernity, and above all Westernness. Without anyone willing it, Christmas has become part of a package of Western soft power....

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