Pres. Obama is minimizing Chanuka and miniaturizing Christmas because he wants to religiously homogenize the world. A New York Times piece about social secretary Desiree Rogers includes her reference to the first couples' desire for a "non-religious Christmas," to many minds an oxymoron. Apparently there was debate about displaying the terra cotta and wood White House creche, an 18th Century carved wood gift from Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. that's been on display in the East Room every Christmas since 1967.
We wish our neighbors Merry Christmas, and we wish the Obamas could do the same.