Religion: Christmas Without Santa Glaus

Last week in Rochester, N. Y., 160 quietly determined people celebrated Christmas and New Year's Day, both on the same day. These nonconformists call themselves the Megiddo Mission.

The Megiddos consider other people's Christmas a pagan festival, derived from the Roman Saturnalia, list 30 reasons why they are right. Sample reason: shepherds do not watch their flocks by night in Palestine's December. Other Megiddo beliefs: the planets are all inhabited by men in different stages of religious development; at the Resurrection nonbelievers will continue in the dreamless sleep called death. Rochester's 160 Megiddos are quiet, thrifty folk. None is on relief. They...

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