With respect to both my believer and non-believer friends I am just curious if Christmas is celebrated in the same way with Christmas trees and gift giving etc. The purpose is not to argue and fight on this thread but to respond positively to each other without irritating one another , can this be done? Let's see how far mankind can go without pulling out the boxing gloves! Can we for once embrace each other and treat each other with compassion? Please answer the question: How do you celebrate?
Yes! I was raised on Christmas! Don't try to convert me now since I told you that. lol jk
You know I would not do that and so far this hub is positive which I am enjoying tremendously.
My family is catholic, so when we were children, my sisters and I, we used to celebrate .Then we grew up, and we didn't believe anymore.
So now we don't celebrate. What for?
Party on dude!
It is about family and sharing life. Religion is just a sidebar.
I think my Christmas is pretty traditional, with gifts and a tree, other than the fact I don't go to church. I love Christmas and all that surrounds it I always get such a nice warm feeling around that time of year.
we all believe something.
we have a very traditional christmas with gifts, music, candles, visiting friends and going to different family members homes.
this year, gifts will be less, but the important part is being together with family. I love this time of year.
yes, we also decorate a tree, so beautiful, the lights
I do celebrate Christmas and I'm a believer. We have the tree, the gifts, the decorations, visiting family and friends, we play music and we use to go to one family's house and sing christmas songs together....sadly not anymore and we go to Christmas Mass.
At our home we try to focus on keeping it from going overboard on receiving.
There are presents but not a budget busting.
We focus more on the family we adopt for the holidays - last year it took two vehicles to deliver all the food and gifts for a family in need.
Family time is a priority...visiting and dinners.
The highlight for me is the candle light Christmas Eve service - I find peace then like nothing else I have known.
With the economy so bad this year and all the wars, etc - we truly have much to be grateful for.
Shucks - forgot to share the Christmas Day Rule which is a biggie in our home....We stay in PJs all day. It is the day to be 100% family. We started it when I worked 2 fulltime jobs and we desperately needed the day of family time for what matters most.
I celebrate Christmas with my family...and by family, I mean with my parents. We do the usual wake up at 9, open presents from underneath the Christmas tree by 10...and then we eat! presents, food and more food...
Now this is turning out to be a wonderful thread and it is so heartfelt, I will knock someone on their noggin if they try to mess it up.
I drive to northern MI and spend a few days with my family.
There aren't too many of us left so we make sure to all get together at Christmas time.
They are cool about it if I have to work, we just grab a convenient day somewhere around December 24 - 26 ish.
I'm the only atheist. We talk about god / no god A LOT but nobody ever gets hurt feelings.
So we don't have a huge holiday-theme party, we just hang out for a few days.
My favorite time is when my whole family gets together at my parents house on Christmas Eve. My mom has the grandkids over and they bake Jesus a birthday cake. Then we all eat a nice dinner and have birthday cake. My mom has gifts for all the little kids and the rest of us bring a gift. We then do a white elephant exhcange which is a lot of fun.
On Christmas morning, it is just my husband and I and our children. We get up early and open presents from each other. I plan a meal, usually cornish hens, and we relax for the whole day and play with our new toys!
No difference here. It was harder when married to their father who was Catholic but not devotely so just wanted the traditions. Now, though we have created our own with Christmas music, muffins, sausage balls, and lots of coffee and hot chocolate.
We did the tree and gifts bit almost all our life. Our girls are grown up now, and we are "over it" We don't do it that way now. No tree, no gifts, just get together for meals etc. In Australia, it is one of the major holidays, and everyone is encouraged to spend time with family etc. It's a good time to do it.
I'm not into it for any religious reasons per se'. In fact, when we have grandkids, we'll probably go back to the tree and gifts bit. Kids love it, so why not bless them.
To me, it's Christmas every day, because to me, the Saviour was born, and deserves celebrating more often than just on one day a year.
Sadly, though, like many other special occasions, it has become so OVER commercialized, it's sickening.
I seem to be the odd duck here but in the spirit of the first post...Christmas and the season before (Advent) reflect some of my favorite memories both as a child and as a parent of now grown children. Part of the reason I think it has always been so wonderful for me and mine is that "the reason for the season" has been a big focus, including religious services, sharing with those less fortunate, and keeping it an almost sacred family time. Even when I was a teen and when my kids were teens, it was understood that the day was off limits for anything but family. I have never experienced great wealth, but I have known great love. The holiday let-down was only experienced once that I can recall, the year my mother and father-in-law died within a week of each other during the Christmas season. Because our faith and our family ties were strong, we survived and actually grew closer as extended families and within our own family. I feel very blessed every day and Christmas is a highlight.
I am truly loving this thread it is so nice to pop back in and see how everyone celebrates, it is such a wonderful thing! I see there are some great ideas too!
We have a tree and follow the traditions. The little ones love it, and anything that makes them feel good....
It is also the time of year when we get as many of the family and friends together as we can. I love Christmas.
Morning Folks - no arguments on this thread, yet!
We do have Christmas here, but it is very low key - Easter is bigger in Greece. Sadly, the over-commercial Christmas crap is creeping in
Still, we will have the day off and enjoy some food and drink
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