It might be tempting to run away to a monastery for Christmas, away from the commercialization, away from the hectic hustle, away from the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then perhaps we could have a truly holy Christmas. But then we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians adopted and gave a meaning to the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush.                                              © Fr Andrew Greeley, Selected Writings