Referring to the meaning of Christmas, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "An eternal Christmas would make matter an alien save as phenomenon, and matter would reverentially withdraw itself before Mind. The despotism of material sense or the flesh would flee before such reality, to make room for substance, and the shadow of frivolity and the inaccuracy of material sense would disappear" ( The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany , p.
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