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How can one rekindle the spirit of the holiday season?

Ginger: The whole city should just get more into it, dress the streets up, put lights up everywhere. Even the homeless people can get into it. Everybody is now trying to tell their kids not to believe in Santa. You know, I believed in Santa until I was 16, and I think I turned out just great. That was a big part of my childhood. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ and everything, and you respect that, but children are thinking about presents and Santa and elves. People should do more of that. We should have little Santas ringing bells on every corner and giving money to the soldiers in Iraq.

Terry: Everybody should live on the streets for a week or two. It will put you in a place where you can really appreciate [the holidays] and miss it. And maybe not listen to all the academia telling you that celebrating Christmas or the holidays is wrong. There's something to be said about traditions. You can say what you want about religious folks or the Christian right, but they are a hell of a lot more fun than atheists. You get these really crazy news stories about not hurting anyone's feelings by not putting up any displays. It would be really strange if there was no sort of celebration at all.

Jay: You got to watch "Frosty the Snowman," the one where Burl Ives is doing the voices. You got to go back to those things that were cool about Christmas when you were a kid. The TV shows that you grew up with -- "The Grinch," Abdominal Snowman, Yukon Cornelius prospecting for gold, Frosty going into the greenhouse to save the little girl. He melted away so that the little girl wouldn't freeze. They're all on DVD. Remembering the youth, that's what brings [the holiday spirit] back.

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