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Richard B. WoodwardConsumerism in defense of liberty is no crime in America. Indeed, one of the subtexts in The Business of Holidays, the glossy collection of amusing, cynical essays edited by Maud Lavin, is that our grossly commercial approach to celebrations, sacred or profane, may be crass, but is ultimately salutary. Entwining ethnic and religious differences with the ritual of spending or making money, our motley calendar of holidays -- Groundhog Day, Presidents' Day, April Fool's Day, Mother's Day, Gay Pride Day, Labor Day, Ramadan, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa -- is a testament to the bottomless ingenuity of capitalism.
— The New York Times