We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Christians have largely lost the battle over the meaning of Christmas, now "a holiday." Halloween is rarely understood today as an eve of All Hallow's Day, AKA, All Saints Day "The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven." In short, we've secularized our Christian holidays and largely made them irrelevant. Easter, celebrated only on Sundays, is still "the other day we go to church" is still somewhat "pure", but is largely a Hallmark and candy day, not the celebration (after the travails of Holy Week and Good Friday) of Christ's resurrection that ensures those worthy can enjoy the gift of God's eternal salvation. And I certainly mean no disrespect by my comments to those observing Yom Kippur. I can only say: "Yom Tov."