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Do You Celebrate Christmas

Yes, Glad Tidings to All
Yes, But Only to Get Mo' Stuff
Meh (I.e. No)
Nevah! 'Tis Spawn 'O The Devil
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To Celebrate Or Not...

Postby Ace Rimmer » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:44 pm

Just out of curiosity, do you celebrate Christmas. If not, why not? If so, I can guess, based on the crowd here, but tell us why anyway...

If you don't belive in the Bible, does celebrating Christmas (e.g. putting up a tree, giving gits) make you a big fat douche for not following through on your beliefs, or just a friendly family/friend/neighbor?

These are the big questions of life.
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Postby Xocrates » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:48 pm

While I do celebrate Christmas, I do not do so for religious reasons and do not care for the decorations or presents (not least of which because I much rather get the stuff I want when I want).

Frankly, I just like that there's a day to get the family together and wish peace on earth and all that nonsense.
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Postby NeatNit » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:47 pm

Christmas feels like a perfect world science fiction day for me. Never seen one in person.
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Postby jelco » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:13 pm

Here in the Netherlands, Christmas rarely involves gifts. It depends on the family of course, but traditionally we exchange gifts for Sinterklaas on December 5th instead. As in the states with Santa Claus, this is a fictional character for the younger kids, whereas the older crowd, although not 'believing' anymore, follows the same spirit (basically just what you guys call Secret Santa). Christmas on the other hand is more of a family get-together, which does have some minor Christian feel to it with all the Biblical stories and everything, but our family mostly consists of atheïsts and agnosts and it doesn't change anything.

For my family, it's generally the most important get-together. Since my sister and I have both moved to other cities for Uni and neither of us goes to the folks that often, and if we do somehow both go there at the same time we tend to have different plans elsewhere in the city - we're rarely together as a family under a single roof for more than a couple of hours. I generally go to my parents on Christmas day and spend a couple of days there, but spend NYE at home (i.e. on campus).

Additionally, it's the only time of year that our campus feels truly deserted. In my first year the vacation weeks started early so a lot of people went to their folks before it was actually Christmas - I spent five days on campus before going to my parents, and it felt like I was the only one there. Especially compared to the whole get-together feel of the holiday, it was pretty depressing.

NeatNit wrote:Christmas feels like a perfect world science fiction day for me. Never seen one in person.

Considering the holiday's background and where you live, that's ever-so-slightly ironic. :)

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Postby Feud » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:35 am

Yep, I celebrate it. Mormons don't think that it's the actual birth, we place that in early April, but it's the cultural norm and so we go along with it. It's a good time to get together as a family, and though it's not the actual birth, we're fine with celebrating it then.
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Postby koshensky » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:22 am

I celebrate it, but largely because in previous years I've been surrounded by family that do it and you look like an asshole if you don't join in. In some respects, I would quite happily not do it. I'm not religious, I'm not big on family and spending too much time with people I rarely see anyway bugs me.

Then again, spending time with, and making the people you do actually care about happy makes it worthwhile. Why we need one day to specifically do that I don't know, but given that it's there - lemonade.
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Postby andyainge » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:31 pm

I celebrate Christmas, partly due to religious upbringing, but the main focus for me is the family gathering.

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