Here’s some holiday fun…
“Slate.com”:http://www.slate.com/id/2180082/ has an illustrated look at how the nativity scene has evolved.
There are many quasi-secular (though laden with holiday aura) Christmas symbols that do pass the censors, from Christmas trees (a German tradition, with pagan roots), to giant candy canes, to Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa and his sleigh. But the nativity scene is not remotely secular. It is a 3-D representation of the holiest of holy moments in the Christian traditionÃ¢â‚¬â€the birth of Christ, in a stable (or cave, or ruins, or a public square, if you look at some Renaissance depictions of the event), in Bethlehem, surrounded by Mary and Joseph and a crew of humble farm animals, cheered by angels, heralded by a star.
And “InterfaithFamily.com,”:http://www.interfaithfamily.com/arts_and_entertainment/movies_theater_tv_and_music/The_Jews_Who_Wrote_Christmas_Songs_2007.shtml a website for interfaith families, has a quirky look at the 25 most popular holiday songs of 2007. Most of them are pop-Christmas songs and many of them were written by Jews.
Number one? “Winter Wonderland.” (Supposedly, one of the two co-writers, Felix Bernard, was Jewish.)