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JAMA Revisited
December 25, 2018

Some Hazards at Christmastime

JAMA. 2018;320(24):2604. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12723

Originally Published December 23, 1968 | JAMA. 1968;206(13):2891- 2892.

Christmas is not always a happy time. To many, the problem is simply that Christmas is not their holiday. Jewish families are torn between encouraging some participation in the Christian holiday because such a policy may increase understanding and tolerance, and avoiding the participation because it may serve a more integrative function than they think desirable for their children.…

Furthermore, parents have had to cope with the theory—a notable proponent of which was Brock Chisholm—that Santa Claus is a lie, and it is bad for parents to lie to their children. The debate continues, but Shlien1 has provided one reply to Chisholm: