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View Poll Results: Do you celebrate Christmas
Yes 48 73.85%
No 17 26.15%
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Likewise, I'm sure. I celebrate it as a family tradition, which is to exchange gifts, stuff ourselves with good food and talk. I suppose I "celebrate" the fact that the winter solstice is past and that the sun will not continue getting lower in the sky, so I'll be able to look forward to riding my motorcycle again.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:17 AM
 
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I don't. I think we should lights and food and presents all year long!
I do see that xmas is a very secular thing for lots of people, about "the season," and the pagan roots- as mentioned in previous posts. I just never got the family thing and have always worked in jobs where someone has to work the holidays (at least since 1980) so that works fine for me.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:48 AM
 
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I celebrate AT Christmas, which should be distinguished from actually celebrating Christmas itself.

I think it good to have a time of the year dedicated to the celebration of family. Arbitrarily Christmas is as good a time as any to do so as it already is very family orientated. New Year would be good too for that of course, but I think that is already a good time to celebrate getting through another year successfully and congratulating everyone for doing so.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I celebrate it as a holiday....family...tree...lights...gifts....cooki es. It is fun, but I put no religious or other philospohical significance on it. The biggest challenge I have is keeping the cat from destroying the tree. Last years count was 26 broken ornaments, but he was a young kitten at the time. My dogs did nothing to prevent this!!!! I think they were amused by it all. Though he is a full adult now, he is still only just over a year. So, I put the tree up yesterday, but lights only. I may go get some plastic ornaments. If he decides to knock those off and play with them, no harm no foul.

My eldest daughter is coming in from overseas this year. She spent a good deal of last year deployed to Iraq from her permanent duty station in Germany (USAF). This'll be the first year she has been home for Christmas is a good two years. I can't wait to see her and will make this a very special Christmas indeed.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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Yes.

First, it's a fantastic time to spend with the rapidly dwindling number of family I actually like/care about.

Second, I like to give little consumables and treats to said family. A $9 jar of champagne strawberry jam is an "extravagant" purchase for most. ($9 for jam?! as they shell out $150/mo for an iPhone). These "extravagances" make actually for a thrifty Christmas shop that people rave about ("that chutney went GREAT in the XXX recipe..."). 7 gifts at $5-20 won't break my bank.

Third, as a college student, I am not so stupid as to cut myself off from the handouts of cash/useful/fun items.

Fourth, most of my family is painfully Catholic even when if flies in the face of all that is logical and sane. It would be social suicide not to (which is extremely sad, to tell you the truth).

Fifth, I enjoy winter and the culture. The songs I have on my iPod are old and Swedish, but it's still Christmas.

Sixth, I have a profound weakness for home-made gingerbread.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: NC
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I am a Pagan, though I celebrate Christmas it is purely a family tradition and there is nothing religious about it. I celebrate it a few days after I celebrate solstice. I am not sure how many more I will celebrate though since my family is becoming more spread out and we will probably stop doing it at some point. Save for family I would not celebrate it though and instead just celebrate solstice.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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christmas is a pagan holiday people, its not christian but made to be through the use of taking advantage of people and geting them to BUY THINGS!
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: The land where cats rule
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I don't celebrate christmas any more than I celebrate any other day of the year. It is just another day, just commemorating a supposed event of which they even got the date wrong.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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We all get together in my grandparent's country house to have dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch on Christmas Day. Also, sometimes, on New Year's Eve and/or New Year's Day.

Most of us are baptized and all (we're Catholics) but we're atheists or agnostics anyway. Our celebration is devoid of Christian motives unless you count the tree, mistletoe, etc -pagan elements- as Christian.

My little cousins do sing a couple of carols if they're in the mood, but it's nothing solemn or planned.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Earth. For now.
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I've always wondered why Christmas is a national holiday, but no other religion enjoys the favor of a national holiday. Hmmm...
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