Do you celebrate Christmas?

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Do you celebrate Christmas?

ToyGurl ToyGurl
I'm just curious who celebrates Christmas? Do you celebrate it for both the gift giving and religious purposes, or only for the gift-giving and the idea of having your family all around? Do you call it X-Mas instead of Christmas? Do you avoid it altogether? What are your views?
10/02/2011
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JessCee JessCee
I celebrate Christmas for both gift-giving and religious purposes. I enjoy having family together, even though it can be a pain. I especially enjoy cooking Christmas dinner for everyone. Being only 21, I've only had the last 4 years to do this, but I'm getting much better at being organized in a chaotic kitchen LOL. I hate having to buy everyone presents though, I never know what to buy and I tend to get very frustrated!
10/02/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
No, my family hasn't for many years now.
But we use the day to have a fest still - there's nothing else to do and any excuse to have the yummy foods we don't normally have!
10/02/2011
Wildchild Wildchild
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
I'm just curious who celebrates Christmas? Do you celebrate it for both the gift giving and religious purposes, or only for the gift-giving and the idea of having your family all around? Do you call it X-Mas instead of Christmas? Do you avoid it ...
We celebrate Christmas, call it both Christmas and X-mas. I don't know why they call it X-mas. We enjoy more of the family get together, and the present exchange. We have two small kids, so the look in there eyes Christmas morning is priceless. Christmas shopping can be frustrating with crowds, not knowing what to buy, and the holiday bills. Overall I love christmas.
10/02/2011
EJ EJ
I'm not religious, but I love the "family reunion" feel of Christmas (and Thanksgiving) and always make an effort to see my family. We're not really into gift-giving either, but we love to make a nice meal and hang out on the holidays.
10/02/2011
domsub1993 domsub1993
We celebrate with a focus on Jesus being the reason for the season. We also exchange presents and have lovely family celebrations.


FYI: The X in Xmas is used because X is the Greek symbol for Christ. It's not to remove the Christ from Christmas.
10/02/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
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Originally posted by domsub1993
We celebrate with a focus on Jesus being the reason for the season. We also exchange presents and have lovely family celebrations.


FYI: The X in Xmas is used because X is the Greek symbol for Christ. It's not to remove the Christ ...
You beat me to your FYI! Thanks for adding that; so many folks (believers or not) don't know what it means.

I celebrate Christmas largely out of tradition: it's what we did growing up, it's what my family and friends do each year and it's pretty much the only time I see extended family. But it's my least favorite holiday: I am seeking answers to my questions about Jesus, so the enjoying it as a birthday celebration no longer happens. Buying gifts is very stressful for me, especially when my parents see gift giving as a measurement of their love for us (and thus we need to reciprocate). I don't like all the extra decor, higher power bill, cheesy music, etc.

I hope for a day when my family can see it as just a time of fellowship because that's what I love about the holiday.
10/02/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
We celebrate it for the presents and family. We all call it Christmas- not X-mas, and we don't say "Happy Holidays" either. Though we aren't particularly religious, most of our family are.
10/02/2011
Vanille Vanille
We celebrate it for the closeness of family and gift-giving. There's nothing really religious about it for us.
10/02/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I was raised Baha'i, but my mother has always celebrated Christmas because she never had much while growing up (her memories of the holidays involve her mother trying to commit suicide near every single year). My mother in 'holiday mode' is something to behold ...

I am quite aware of the religious aspects, and even admire it. Celebrating Life is better than death (like Easter). However, my family's been very close so, like EJ said, it's the 'family reunion' aspects I enjoy. Plus the traditions my family has are wonderful to me - getting a tree when it finally cools down, decorating the outside of the house, cooking with mom, baking treats to give to people, the yearly parade, the walking the neighborhood at night to see the displays, etc. I really loved it when I did it in Montana because the weather was more appropriate. Here in Florida, people tend to put lights on the palm trees in their yards.

Plus I just love the blingy decorations of the season. Everything just seems so much prettier.

Master doesn't celebrate Christmas (not close to his family and being a loner, plus his dad was especially drunk and abusive that time of year), so he asked if he could join my family for next Christmas (he'll have vacation time by then). I'm really looking forward to sharing my traditions with him.

(Sorry for the text wall.)
10/02/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
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Originally posted by EJ
I'm not religious, but I love the "family reunion" feel of Christmas (and Thanksgiving) and always make an effort to see my family. We're not really into gift-giving either, but we love to make a nice meal and hang out on the holidays.
It is the same for us. We pretty much just have a party and big dinner at our house with extended family. When we were younger there were always a ton of gifts to be exchanged. Now that we are older I only exchange gifts with my parents, my godparents, and my boyfriend. Occasionally my sister and I exchange gifts, but it depends on our financial situation.
10/02/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
We celebrate Christmas not x-mas and spare me the Happy Holidays tripe. If your Jewish I'm happy to tell you Happy Hanukkah. If you your not christian the most logical celebration is New Years which you see for many Asian cultures. I don't think 'adopting' Christmas makes sense - you wither believe it's real or you don't. If you do Merry Christmas, if you don't Happy New Hanukkah or Happy New Year - there's something for everyone.
10/02/2011
cocomo cocomo
yes i love christmas i woke up singing today "whats this , whats this, theres white stuff everywhere whats this whats this theres magic in the air whats this ???!!!!" love the nightmare before christmas ,love the christmas door town jack goes into and love all things elves and pixies out on a fresh blanket of snow with a pink sky ahh i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
10/02/2011
Peggi Peggi
I've always loved Christmas. I celebrate for both religious reasons and the gifts, as well as "family time". I enjoy both giving and getting gifts and decorating of course! I call it Christmas, most of the time, because that's what I was raised saying Christmas, but I might use Xmas once in a great while.
10/02/2011
kadytheredpanda kadytheredpanda
Yes, for both purposes. I like the Christmas tree the most, though. All the twinkling lights = warms me soul.
10/02/2011
Ghost Ghost
I celebrate Krampus-ness.
10/03/2011
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by Ghost
I celebrate Krampus-ness.
Ah, gotta love that Krampus! Keeping kids everywhere in line!!!
10/03/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I celebrate Christmas, but not for any religious reasons. It was what I did growing up and I enjoy having the tree and having family get together and giving presents. As my cousins and I have all grown older and more and more of them have done something to get the "black sheep" label, it's no longer me and my siblings who get talked about behind our backs because my mom was the black sheep. It's nice to me that we're all on the same level and can finally start admitting that none of us are perfect so there's no point in trying to pretend. Christmas on my side of the family is us getting together, eating, doing some presents, and hanging out. My husband's side of the family is a little more religious than mine, so there's more of a "family gathering" feeling than a "everybody hanging out feeling." At least to me anyway.
10/03/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
we only celebrate the gift giving. we used to go to church every yr on christmas eve, but i haven't been to church in over 4 yrs.
10/03/2011
meitman meitman
I celebrate it because of my beliefs, family, gift-giving, and all the above. Christmas is an awesome time!
10/04/2011
SexyTabby SexyTabby
I love Christmas. I always overdo it though. I go so far to ensure my children have their dreams come true wether it's a new toy or riding the fire truck around the neighborhood. Christmas was always so hard on my mother and I didn't get a lot of things so yeah my kids get everything I can give them along with the need to do for others less fortunate and share in our family gatherings.

They have Christmas stuff already up in Target gets earlier each year.
10/04/2011
married with children married with children
yes, we celebrate the birth of Jesus in my house.
10/05/2011
poetprincess poetprincess
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
I'm just curious who celebrates Christmas? Do you celebrate it for both the gift giving and religious purposes, or only for the gift-giving and the idea of having your family all around? Do you call it X-Mas instead of Christmas? Do you avoid it ...
We celebrate, I am not big on going to church but my kids are, they go to midnight mass and while they are there I stay home and wrap presents. then when they get home we sleep and I always make snow man pancakes and we eat and wait for the grandparents to come over and we open presents,
10/05/2011
Pink Jewel Pink Jewel
My family celebrates it for both reasons.
10/05/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
I'm just curious who celebrates Christmas? Do you celebrate it for both the gift giving and religious purposes, or only for the gift-giving and the idea of having your family all around? Do you call it X-Mas instead of Christmas? Do you avoid it ...
Yes we celebrate it, always have. I am 25. My kids are almost 3 and almost 4 yrs old so yes we have a good time with it when we have the extra $ for more stuff. And we bake cookies too which is a lot of fun. We celebrate it mostly for religious purposes and beliefs but also for the kids to get new things as well as us. I call it Christmas.
10/07/2011
emilia emilia
I celebrate christmas with my family
10/10/2011
zeb zeb
christmas is for the family
10/10/2011
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