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December Dilemma

December dilemma refers to a set of conundrums that arise for businesses, schools, and government at all levels, regarding how to recognize Christmas without ignoring the increasing religious diversity in the United States or violating the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The December dilemma is one of the major battles in the culture wars in the United States. The legality of events and activities related to Christmas—including but not limited to the designation of Christmas as a federal/public holiday, the ability of the public/government to make space for Christmas trees and nativity scenes, and how Christmas is dealt with in public schools—have been tested in court on many occasions. However, the dilemma is more than legal in scope; it evokes basic questions about ...

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