by Patrick Appel
Chait posits that Christian traditionalists can't have it both ways on Christmas:
The problem is that religious/cultural conservatives want two things changed about the way our culture observes Christmas. They want the holiday to be more religious ("Jesus is the reason for the season") and they want it to be observed more universally ("Christmas is our national holiday.") You can't do both.
... if you want Christmas to be totally pervasive, as many Christians desire, as opposed to merely almost-totally-pervasive, then its religiosity needs to be underplayed. Or if you want to return it to its role as a holiday about Jesus, then it has to be something other than "our national holiday."