MINOT — In our part of the world, which is to say the northern part of the northern hemisphere, we saw, this week, the darkest day of the year. The winter solstice. The day when the North Pole reaches its furthest tilt from the radiance of the sun.

It’s a dark day.

A cold day.

Christmas is what most of us, in our society, celebrate this time of year. We light up the Christmas trees. We light up our homes and businesses. We light up our lives with friends and family, works of charity and gift-giving, music, and feasting.

Yet, those same themes exist outside of the Christian tradition.

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