A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 21, 2016
“Christmas is a deeply religious time we observe by going to the mall of our choice”

American author and humorist Dave Barry wrote about Christmas shopping for a newspaper column in November 1981:

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”

The one-line saying has made several Christmas quotation collections.


Wikipedia: Dave Barry
David McAlister “Dave” Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels.

DaveBarry.com
29 November 1981, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Chrstimas shopping: go knock yourself out” by Dave Barry, Magazine, pg. 26, col. 1:
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.

Google Books
Shopping: Christian Explorations of Daily Living
By Michelle A. Gonzalez
Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press
2010
Pg. 51:
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
Dave Barry

Google Books
Keep Calm at Christmas
By Ebury Publishing
New York, NY: Random House
2011
Pg. ?:
ONCE AGAIN, WE COME TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS TIME THAT EACH OF US OBSERVES, IN HIS OWN WAY, BY GOING TO THE MALL OF HIS CHOICE
Dave Barry

Google Books
The Best Joke Book (Period):
Hundreds of the Funniest, Silliest, Most Ridiculous Jokes Ever

By William Donohue
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2014
Pg. 60:
“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”—DAVE BARRY

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The Holiday Season: a deeply religious time each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. - Dave Barry
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