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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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How many here celebrated Christmas?

Just curious how many people on this message board celebrate Christmas.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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Just curious how many people on this message board celebrate Christmas.
I'm assuming that those who don't celebrate Christmas can also post...in the service of a more accurate reflection of the the variety of thought here.

I don't celebrate Christmas.

And even though you didn't ask...I don't celebrate any religious, or religion based, holidays.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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And even though you didn't ask...I don't celebrate any religious, or religion based, holidays.
So if I were to offer you some chocolate eggs, you wouldn't eat them? WELL FINE! MORE CHOCOLATE EGGS FOR ME THEN!
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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We celebrated Newtonmas.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:50 PM   #5
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Every year until I leave this planet.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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So if I were to offer you some chocolate eggs, you wouldn't eat them? WELL FINE! MORE CHOCOLATE EGGS FOR ME THEN!
If eating chocolate eggs required the belief in a deity...I guess I'd have to pass.

Considering that the easter bunny doesn't, as far as I know, appear in the bible (just guessing here, I'm definitely not a biblical scholar), and chocolate eggs don't either...don't count your eggs before they are in your basket!

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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:53 PM   #7
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We celebrated Newtonmas.
Troglodyte. Around here, we celebrate non-exclusionary free thinking gender-neutral all-encompassing seasonal specific celebration day.

...but then someone told us that while it's winter up here, it's summer in the southern hemisphere, and thus we were excluding a whole group of people by practicing our celebration. We pretty much had to cancel the whole thing after that.

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If eating chocolate eggs required the belief in a deity...I guess I'd have to pass.

Considering that the easter bunny doesn't, as far as I know, appear in the bible (just guessing here, I'm definitely not a biblical scholar), and chocolate eggs don't either...don't count your eggs before they are in your basket!

Whatever, dude. I just wanna eat chocolate eggs is all.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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I celebrate Christmas, but many of the trappings of our celebration are pre-Christian in origin.

Including the date, just after the winter Solstice.

The historical Jesus Christ was more likely born in the spring.

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Old Dec 27, 2013, 06:04 PM   #9
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Sure I do, although it does bug me a little that they never get the day right with the Winter Solstice.

Notwithstanding that, some Biblical scholars believe that Christ was actually born in the month of September. The date was possibly 'shoved' forward to add competition for Pagan celebrations around to the return of the Sun to the Northern Hemisphere.

Or this is all a crock of $*#^.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 06:04 PM   #10
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I celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, as humans have, no doubt, for millennia. That many religions have planted their celebrations around this period stands to reason.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 06:17 PM   #11
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Dinner and drinks with the guys from work. 2 weeks at home with my family.
Exchange of gifts. Way too much turkey,ham and Christmas pudding. What is not to like.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 06:25 PM   #12
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We celebrated Newtonmas.
I always thought it was spelled "Newton, Mass".
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 06:36 PM   #13
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No Christmas tree, lights or decorations.

But my wife and I did exchange gifts and enjoyed a lovely dinner.

Happy holidays.

However you celebrate them.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:04 PM   #14
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Christmas Day for me was a sleep in, 3 episodes of Luther, a bush walk, and a long bike ride. I much prefer the end of the year as a time for celebration.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:04 PM   #15
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I always thought it was spelled "Newton, Mass".
Actually it is a contraction of
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N = Kg * m/s^2
(Newton (force) equals Mass times acceleration)
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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Please define "celebrate Christmas".

Yes, I purchased gifts for family and friends. Yes, I called my family on Xmas morning. Yes, I went for my annual Xmas morning bike ride(the streets are deserted !)

I even put Xmas lights on my lime tree but that was mostly to keep the tree from freezing.

In many ways, white, Anglo Saxon Protestants like myself have no choice but to celebrate in small ways simply because people can't believe that I would willingly choose not to.

I love solstice and the pagan revelry that is associated with it. Xmas is really only a christianized version of solstice. So, rather than make a big scene about it, I allow people to think what they want and celebrate in my own way.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:42 PM   #17
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If by celebrating xmas you mean:

1. Buying and receiving gifts
2. Spending time with family and friends
3. Overeating on a big xmas spread
4. Drinking

then yes.

If you mean celebrating xmas by:

1. Going to church
2. Mentioning Jesus

Then no.

Seriously, Jesus's birthday is in march. Christianity just co-opted a previous pagan holiday. In turn, they got co-opted by a pagan(ish) Santa and consumerism.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:42 PM   #18
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Yes, I celebrated by going out for Chinese which is something we Jews do every Christmas.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:55 PM   #19
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Yes, I celebrated by going out for Chinese which is something we Jews do every Christmas.
And a movie. Don't forget that, for it's part of the event.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:57 PM   #20
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And a movie. Don't forget that, for it's part of the event.
Yeah, we didn't do that. I saw Anchorman 2 last week though, so close enough.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:59 PM   #21
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Yes, I celebrated by going out for Chinese which is something we Jews do every Christmas.
Been doing that for decades.
It's funny that we have seen the same people there for years.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 08:09 PM   #22
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My family did. When to a Christmas eve service at 2 p.m. Woke up Christmas morning, watched a cartoon VCR tape about the birth of Jesus that we have watched every year since my daughter was a young child. Read Luke 2:1-20 to my family. Prayed together as a family. Then opened Christmas gifts, called family who wasn't with us, etc.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 08:11 PM   #23
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And a movie. Don't forget that, for it's part of the event.
As someone who celebrates Christmas (minus church), I typically see a movie on Christmas because there's a huge boring gap between brunch/presents and dinner.

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Yeah, we didn't do that. I saw Anchorman 2 last week though, so close enough.
Saw it on Christmas. Awful, awful movie.
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Saw it on Christmas. Awful, awful movie.
Wasn't as good as the first (are sequels ever?) but I enjoyed it.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 09:27 PM   #25
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In the strictly secular sense, yes.
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