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Old 06-21-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Since most holidays are Hallmark or mattress sale holidays, it doesn't really matter. It's the getting together that matters. We used to celebrate Christmas with our families a week or two after Christmas. There was no way to do it on Christmas as we live a few hours away. And scheduling it before Christmas just wasn't possible.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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We used to celebrate Christmas with our families a week or two after Christmas. There was no way to do it on Christmas as we live a few hours away. And scheduling it before Christmas just wasn't possible.
A week or two after Christmas isn't entirely wrong. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas on January 7. It's because their calendar is twelve days behind that of Western churches (no relation to the twelve days of Christmas). Think of it as the Eastern Orthodox counterpart of the Jewish or the Muslim calendar.

In fact, countries where this religion is dominant even have January 7 as a public holiday, rather than December 25. So think of delaying the Christmas celebration as giving it an international flair. And think of all the after-Christmas sales you can take advantage of.

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Old 06-21-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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If any sort of celebration is to happen off the conventional date, I think post date is the better option, especially the event is to celebrate an individual.

By celebrating post date, when the conventional date arrives, at least the upcoming festivity leaves something to look forward to. If celebrating pre date, after the celebration the conventional date may seem a bit empty.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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If you can't celebrate on the day, do you prefer pre or post?
I do not take the time out of my day to worry about things like this for small holidays.

For bigger holidays, stuff is cheaper after the fact.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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A week or two after Christmas isn't entirely wrong. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas on January 7. It's because their calendar is twelve days behind that of Western churches (no relation to the twelve days of Christmas). Think of it as the Eastern Orthodox counterpart of the Jewish or the Muslim calendar.

In fact, countries where this religion is dominant even have January 7 as a public holiday, rather than December 25. So think of delaying the Christmas celebration as giving it an international flair. And think of all the after-Christmas sales you can take advantage of.
Christmas to most of my family has no religious affiliation. My husband's family is quite the opposite! And I can't even imagine bringing up anything about Jewish or Muslim folks. I would be better telling themI killed Jesus. They're a little crazy about religion.

I hate after Christmas sales. Always have. That's what my birthday gifts always were growing up. My birthday is less than a month after Christmas. I don't do my Christmas shopping at the mall.....it's all online or at boutiques in the mountains or at local wineries. No after Christmas sales on wine around here.....most wineries actually shut down or drastically reduce their schedule then.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I don't really have a preference, just as long as there is a date that works well for everyone involved. My son is actually getting 2 birthday celebrations this year because we need to delay to accommodate some schedules but of course we will do something on the actual day as well.
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Old 06-21-2017, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Why would it matter?

Just celebrate when you can. Both mothers will be thrilled you thought of them.
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Old 06-21-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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Only ever after. It's bad luck to do it before the actual day. At least in my world. LOL.
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Since my children were born I now have decided to stay home on Christmas Day. My MIL accommodates by having the family get-together the Saturday before. We do the same for Thanksgiving. Mothers Day I stay home and enjoy "my day". I call and send gifts to my mother and my MIL and typically see them both beforehand. I think acknowledging the event whether it's before or after is still special!
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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If we can't celebrate on the actual day, I prefer doing it before the day. I don't know why, exactly, but I do. Thus, my kids get their birthday parties on the Saturday before the actual date. I used to fly down to Florida to visit my father on Thanksgiving, but then I discovered that the airfares were drastically lower over Veterans Day, which is only a couple of weeks before.
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