The malls are buzzing, and in terms of shopping, the earlier in the day you get out and about the more likely you are to get a parking spot. Yup, must be Xmas.
But putting aside the crass commercialism, what about the biblical and other traditional stories surrounding Jesus' birth, you know, the true meaning of Christmas? Is it grounded in real history - or something else? Bart Ehrman is up to the bat at Newsweek with an incisive piece (What Do We Really Know About Jesus?) that treats the issues both sensitively and honestly, and is well worth taking the time to read.