I was born in an Anglo-saxon country. Anglo-saxons have been celebrating it since the they smashed some Puritan Christians in the mouth and unbanned it in Britain (true fact! Puritan Christians once banned Christmas!). When you live in a country where nearing Dec 25 media is blasting Christmas messages 24/7 it's hard not to celebrate it. So it's a cultural thing. I mean where in the Bible carollers, decorating your house in lights and figgy pudding is mentioned? Bet Jesus didn't drink Eggnog. And god forbid anyone non-Christian take a work break and see their family during a national holiday. Don't see why some Christians are so upset people like to see their families when they are given breaks off from work and school. Ruin everyone's fun.
I mean even Russians who have Christmas on the orthodox calendar around these parts like to join in on a good ol fashion North American turkey/mash potato/egg nog/singing Christmas. It's being neighbourly.
I do remember reading it was banned! Is that because of Christmas originally being Pagan and all that? I didn't realise Christians still get upset about it (because it's more about Christ now. I can sort of see why some would get upset though). I've seen more Atheists get upset because WHY THE FUCK JESUS sort of reasons.
It sounds like you would have had a really great Christmas with tonnes of food Merry Christmas (even tho it's too late lol)
I celebrate, mostly because it's an opportunity to get together with family. In the US, it's pretty easy to celebrate Christmas in the secular sense and not bother with the religious apart from a few minor details.
All good points. Christmas to the average non-religious Joe is still valuable since unlike 99% of the rest of the year - its a day off work (for many anyway), a day with family and day they can give and receive something good. We gotta have at least something to look forward to at the end of the year, and I'm pretty sure Jesus hasn't recently given anyone a day off work or a kickass present or a big meal, the holiday and people who celebrate it does
Lately, my family and I celebrate the religious and family togetherness aspect of it. The gifts were mostly for the children but they grew up and don't really care about getting gifts on that day anymore. (Birthdays are another story, but at least you don't have to be cramming gift-shipping in a few weeks or fighting large, crazed crowds.) We tend to celebrate it for about a month, not just one day.
I live in Canada now for 2-3 years. However, I celebrated it in Japan. It's actually really big there, despite Japan being buddhist/shinto country. We like the cute decorations, lights, and the whole idea of giving gifts in pretty boxes to people. Japan has Christmas commercials, bakeries make christmas cakes, department stores decorate and many streets have lights and stuff. Though it's not about religion of course.
angelxxuanFeatured By OwnerDec 25, 2012Student General Artist
it's not my religion, but I like the feeling of being with friends and family and having fun, opening presents and enjoying things. I wish more people could be the same all year long of good cheer and good will towards all mankind instead of just saving it all for one day and then being mean again throughout the rest of the year.
YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerDec 25, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My family's Jewish. My mom is Catholic, but not very. However, she loves Christmas, and as a child her Christmas trees sucked (like, popcorn strings).
When I'm on my own, I'll probably be celebrating Christmas at family get-together, but I don't think I'll have a Christmas tree or stockings in my apartment. I probably will have Christmas decorations though, because I love holidays. And I'm starting to kind of like the idea of Christmas as a cultural holiday, in addition to a religious one; I really wish our society could be more laid back about Christmas. I wasn't alive in the 30s or 40s, but I'm under the impression that people just celebrated it, and didn't really think much about the technicalities of whether a less religious or not Christian person should celebrate it.
it's more of a tradition than a religious holiday in my family. this is the time when my brothers&sisters, my aunts&uncles, my cousins, nephews, and my grandma get together in one house to celebrate this one time a year. keep in mind that in my family there are Mormons, Catholics, protestants, atheists, and Buddhists, so it's not really about the religious aspect of Christmas.
kinda it's not that we're huge though, we're an average family I guess, it's more like we are very bonded, there isn't anyone that is "the hated" of the family. everybody hangs out with everyone, from brothers and sisters to second and third cousins
Simple, for fun & an excuse to have the whole week off! Just a typical Asian country where Christian population is microscopic, we celebrate it just for fun & to make the new year celebration longer. I kinda jealous those hill tribes, their new year celebration is about in the middle of January, those folks parties like a beast! Christmas is all about fun & presents, nothing more! (Unless you're a Christian of course) Although, some companies will still tell their employees to go to work as usual, sad for them, it's just because their bosses don't celebrate Christmas.
All you do is waste money on ungrateful shit heads. Want some holiday spirit outta me? How about I suck a candy cane down to a point and stab you in the throat. I have money in pocket, I'll leave it there.
I celebrate/observe two variants. First and foremost is the Americanized rampant consumerist one. Lots of presents and food, plus a good time to gather with friends and family.
I observe Yule, but don't do much in the way of practicing. Didn't do anything this year really, but I typically try and at least preserve some of the old pre-Christain customs. It was first and foremost a Pagan festival, and I try my best to remember and honor that fact.
Yule is sort of a continuation of the older pre-Christain Pagan traditions. The rather varied nature of Paganism means there isn't really a set way to celebrate it. Some Nordic heathens for example have a 12 day long celebration beginning at the solstice. You'd have to find information on each branch of Paganism for more detailed explanations on their various celebrations. I've never been very dedicated to the holidays, mostly because I can never really bring myself to keep to traditions. Raise a glass to my ancestors, and look forward to the light half of the year, pretty much all I do.
An interesting note, many of the modern traditions in Christmas come from these older Pagan ones. They were integrated in by early Christians, most likely as a way to facilitate conversion and to keep native traditions.
I grew up living with my grandparents, who are Christian, so I guess that's more or less where it started for me, but it's not like we're all intensely religious (I wouldn't even count myself as religious; I went to church and all because Nana told me to ). It's just a nice family holiday for me, more or less!