Belief Bytes: Your Wednesday Religion News Roundup from RNS

Wednesday’s Religion News Round-up comes to you from Religion News Service‘s Daniel Burke. You’ll find a good dose of public sentiment Scrooge-ness in today’s edition.

Here’s a snippet:

“As bitter winter advances, religious communities from Portland to New York are opening their doors to Occupy protesters.

How many “Christmas among the Occupiers” stories do you think we’ll see this year?

Christmas, by the way, is on a Sunday this year. The vast majority of churches (91 percent) plan to hold some sort of worship service, according to Lifeway Research.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says that anyone upset that he calls the blue spruce erected in the Statehouse a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree should hush up and go feed the poor.

Speaking of charity, donations are inching up, but it could take years to return to pre-recession levels, USA Today reports.

Thirty-five percent of Americans dread “having to be nice” during the holidays, according to a Consumer Reports poll. For some of us, that’s a year-round affliction.”

Read the rest of the post here.

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