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Alexandra Holmstrom-Smith, Truthout.org, December 25, 2018
Red candles burn on the altar created by author Alexandra Holmstrom-Smith for this year's celebration of Martyrs' Day.

Tis the season…for leftist ambivalence toward commercialist and patriarchal holiday traditions.

It’s no wonder that many leftists have mixed feelings about holiday festivities, given their link to oppressive institutions and crass cooptation by capitalism.

Celebrating the virgin birth of a male deity who was to become king can be alienating for those who have anti-hierarchal, feminist values, and likewise many anti-Zionist internationalists struggle with ethno-nationalist expressions of the Passover holiday.

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