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If you watch television or read the newspaper today, or if you did those things yesterday, it seems to us that something is missing.

The newspaper will tell you about holiday sales, the television will show you stories about Christmas trees that catch fire, or recipes to make low-fat desserts, but there's very little, if any, stories about Jesus, the reason for most of our celebrations this time of year.

We don't expect the news to actually acknowledge the dominant religion in this city, or suddenly start reading from the bible. But it seems inconceivable to us that of all the "holiday" stories that end up in the local paper or on local and national television how few are actually about the person who we are actually paying homage to.

The news is supposed to be unbiased, that doesn't mean they can't honestly talk about a religious leader or figure simply because there are those who don't believe in him. In comparison to Christians, there are very few LA Kings fans, and yet every night there's space devoted to Kings updates and news in both the television and newspaper.

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Yet for some reason on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day there's hardly ever a story simply about Jesus Christ, this God/man whose life and birth we embrace on this day. We're not talking about stories about churches or priests or missionaries or popes, we're talking about who many in this city consider the Messiah. No love for Jesus even on his birthday? Why not?

If the Peanuts kids had no problem simply spitting it out, why does the modern news? Instead every five minutes on KTLA we see 3-D renderings of "Santa Claus" allegedly being tracked by NORAD.

Heck of a job, newsies.

So since the news refuses to do it because it's either too punk rock or edgy or controversial, we'll say it: Today Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem in what many believe was a virgin birth to Mary and Joseph. Some say Jesus was born in a small stable, some believe he was born in a cave. But Christianity, the religion based around the teachings of Jesus Christ (the main teaching being that He was the human incarnation of God) is the major religion of the USA, and celebrates on this day because it is believed that Jesus was born simply to die for our sins.

A selflessness that is supposed to be embodied now during the so-called Season of Giving.