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I've been celebrating it for 34 years, and I'm Jewish.

It’s an American cultural holiday

I’ve been celebrating it for 34 years, and I’m Jewish. It functions as an American cultural holiday for many, and as a celebration of Jesus’ birth for many others.

Also, my family is very German, and Christmas is culturally huge in Germany.

About Neal Schindler

A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for Jew-ish.com from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now a member of Spokane's Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

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