The ghost of Christmas

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For many of us, the Christmas holiday officially is over today. Yesterday was that weird but not unpleasant half-holiday that we get when December 25 falls on Sunday. Of course, we all know things won’t really get back to normal until next Tuesday. Hanukkah, I should note, continues. This year, the Jewish celebration of light lasts through tomorrow. Remember, also, the 12 days of Christmas, which began Christmas Day and end with the Feast of Epiphany, Jan. 6. Also known as Twelfth Night, this date marks the beginning of carnival season in many places, such as Louisiana in the U.S. Indeed, why can’t this feeling go on endlessly?