How many here celebrated Christmas?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by tshrimp, Dec 27, 2013.

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Do you celebrate Christmas?

  1. Yes. Celebrate Christmas

    48 vote(s)
    81.4%
  2. No. Do not celebrate Christmas

    11 vote(s)
    18.6%
  1. macrumors 6502

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    Just curious how many people on this message board celebrate Christmas.
     
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    Shrink

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    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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    Renzatic

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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! :mad:
     
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    Shrink

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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!:p

    ;)
     
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    Renzatic

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    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.

    Whatever, dude. I just wanna eat chocolate eggs is all.
     
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    balamw

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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.

    B
     
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    iJohnHenry

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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 $*#^. :D
     
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    skunk

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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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    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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    citizenzen

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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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    .Andy

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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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    Sydde

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    Actually it is a contraction of
    Code:
    N = Kg * m/s^2
    (Newton (force) equals Mass times acceleration)
     
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    Ugg

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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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    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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    yg17

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    Yes, I celebrated by going out for Chinese which is something we Jews do every Christmas.
     
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    iJohnHenry

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    And a movie. Don't forget that, for it's part of the event.
     
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    yg17

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    Yeah, we didn't do that. I saw Anchorman 2 last week though, so close enough.
     
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    bruinsrme

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    Been doing that for decades.
    It's funny that we have seen the same people there for years.
     
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    ucfgrad93

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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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    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.

    Saw it on Christmas. Awful, awful movie.
     
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    yg17

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    Wasn't as good as the first (are sequels ever?) but I enjoyed it.
     
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