Religion: More Blessed to Give

What does one give a bishop for Christmas? Or a Presbyterian seminarian? Or a nun? The advertising pages of denominational publications are full of suggestions. In this world of black and white, too, eyes are peeled for bargains ("Close-Out—BLACK SUITS—Only 52 Available"), and alert to style ("Nuns' Stylish Handbags—Outside Zipper Pocket—$7.84").

There is a notable trend this year toward ecclesiastical do-it-yourself. "Save up to 50%," J. Theodore Cuthbertson Inc. urges readers of Episcopal and Presbyterian magazines, "on Finest Quality Church Vestments with Ready-to-Sew Cut-Out Kits." Hopkins Co. offers Episcopalians a "Once-a-Year Opportunity—only 159 Poplin Knockabout Cassocks Reduced to $12," and Cox Sons...

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