Believer VS. Non-Believer Is Christmas Celebrated The Same Way

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  1. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    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?

    1. marinealways24 profile image58
      marinealways24posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes! I was raised on Christmas! Don't try to convert me now since I told you that. lol jk

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        You know I would not do that and so far this hub is positive which I am enjoying

        1. marinealways24 profile image58
          marinealways24posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I know, I was just getting you in the Christmas spirit. I hope you get good presents! I already got my Christmas present in Oct.!

    2. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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?

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        Millionheirposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Same thing happened here except it was like as me and my sisters grew up the magic slowly faded

    3. profile image58
      logic,commonsenseposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Party on dude! smile
      It is about family and sharing life.  Religion is just a sidebar.

    4. Uninvited Writer profile image79
      Uninvited Writerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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 smile I always get such a nice warm feeling around that time of year.

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I love Christmas too! smile

  2. rebekahELLE profile image84
    rebekahELLEposted 14 years ago

    we all believe something. smile

    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

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    Crazdwriterposted 14 years ago

    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 sad and we go to Christmas Mass. smile

  4. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    Hi AEvans,

      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.


    1. h.a.borcich profile image60
      h.a.borcichposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        We may try that ourselves that sounds relaxing and fun! smile

  5. drej2522 profile image68
    drej2522posted 14 years ago

    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...

  6. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    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. big_smile

  7. wyanjen profile image71
    wyanjenposted 14 years ago

    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.


    1. AEvans profile image71
      AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That is certainly nice the holidays are about family you are a good example of how people can get along regardless of their own beliefs. smile

  8. Specialk3749 profile image60
    Specialk3749posted 14 years ago

    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!

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    lynnechandlerposted 14 years ago

    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.

    1. AEvans profile image71
      AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Lynne that sounds wonderful! smile

  10. aka-dj profile image66
    aka-djposted 14 years ago

    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.

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    kybluegrassposted 14 years ago

    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.

  12. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    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! smile

  13. earnestshub profile image80
    earnestshubposted 14 years ago

    We have a tree and follow the traditions. The little ones love it, and anything that makes them feel good.... smile
    It is also the time of year when we get as many of the family and friends together as we can. I love Christmas.

  14. Sufidreamer profile image79
    Sufidreamerposted 14 years ago

    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 sad

    Still, we will have the day off and enjoy some food and drink smile


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