Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah? What do you call it?

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Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah? What do you call it?

Willow Wand Willow Wand
We call it Yule, how about you?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Yule
Willow Wand , Pixel , Diabolical Kitty , Airen Wolf , Misfit Momma , starklover , AndroAngel
7  (8%)
Christmas
Wildchild , Rossie , namelesschaos , Ninja Bunny , mpfm , Girly Girl , slynch , Tori Rebel , Ryuson , Jul!a , SexyTabby , sktb0007 , aimtoplease , Subbi , StephieBoo02 , unfulfilled , voenne , Gunsmoke , Rarity , js250 , Redboxbaby , P'Gell , aliceinthehole , AngelvMaynard , wrmbreze , Nora , darthkitt3n , Kitka , Princess-Kayla ♥ , The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary , dv8 , mizzmilla , K101 , Pink Jewel , CS2012 , Lindsey123 , LavenderSkies , wetone123 , *Ashley* , Stagger13 , SiNn , bayosgirl , poetprincess , cburger , Ms. N , Stinkytofu10 , Mike Honcho , ilbelsole , switzerland , guard083 , LaSchwartz , DCLove , BlooJay , SweetieLuv , zwee75 , sexygoddess , EdenJP , The Curious Couple , KyotoAngel , chantalgiardina
60  (71%)
Kwanza
badk1tty
1  (1%)
Hanukkah
Miss Morphine , Lavender420
2  (2%)
Other
Bignuf , DeliciousSurprise , Annemarie , Antipova , CoffeeCup , cheetahpita , ily , Drakoni , Sinfully , emilia , LuckyDucky , Chirple , Sweet-Justice , angel142stx
14  (17%)
Total votes: 84
Poll is closed
11/21/2011
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namelesschaos namelesschaos
I call Christmas, X-mas if I just watched futurerama .
11/21/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Willow Wand
We call it Yule, how about you?
Yule, as in Yule Tide and Yule Log, is a Christmas reference. It has nothing on earth to do with Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Hanukkah being a "minor" Jewish holiday (festival of lights, celebrating a miracle of oil in the temple) and Kwanzaa being an "invented recently", "social" holiday or "cultural" holiday about African American communities and having no "religious" background in the Judeo-Christian world.

I don't understand what YULE has to do with them at all, and I cannot imaging why anyone would call either of those "YULE".

I might call Thanksgiving "Delta Airlines Payday", but while they might be two happy events for those involved, they have NOTHING on earth to do with each other...except they MIGHT overlap on a calendar.
11/21/2011
Girly Girl Girly Girl
christmas mery christmas
11/21/2011
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Yule, as in Yule Tide and Yule Log, is a Christmas reference. It has nothing on earth to do with Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Hanukkah being a "minor" Jewish holiday (festival of lights, celebrating a miracle of oil in the temple) and Kwanzaa ...
I'm not sure why the OP chooses to use 'Yule' in her home, but for many Wiccans and other Pagans, the term Yule has been adopted (though it is also linked to Judeo-Christian rituals) to describe festivities around the winter solstice. It is simply another winter holiday celebrated by another religion.
11/21/2011
Pixel Pixel
I celebrate Yule or the Winter Solstice, personally. But, I also nominally celebrate Christmas as well, as my family and one of my lovers are Christian.
11/21/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I'm not sure why the OP chooses to use 'Yule' in her home, but for many Wiccans and other Pagans, the term Yule has been adopted (though it is also linked to Judeo-Christian rituals) to describe festivities around the winter solstice. It ...
Very interesting. Learn something new here daily. THANKS.
11/21/2011
Annemarie Annemarie
Chrismukkah, except I don't call it that. I celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, and call them both appropriately. Collectively, "the holidays." I also observe Christmastide (i.e. the "twelve days of Christmas") leading up to Epiphany. I observe Bodhi Day (the 8th of December), which is a Zen Buddhist holiday celebrating the enlightenment of the Buddha.

That said, I'm not Christian. I'm loosely Buddhist.
11/21/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Christmas for me.
11/21/2011
Antipova Antipova
I think each of these is a separate holiday---it would be insulting to call Christmas "Chanukah" to an observant Christian, and it would be insulting to refer to Chanukah as "Christmas" if you were speaking with an observant Jew.

As an agnostic, I don't celebrate any of these holidays, though my family traditionally gets together for the last few days of December to fly balsa-wood airplanes together in the back yard, and go on road trips. My mom and little sister celebrate Christmas, so there's a tree in the house, and they go to Christmas Eve services (and they celebrate advent and Christmas up til Epiphany too)---but to me it's just the Winter Holiday.
11/21/2011
toxie m toxie m
I was going to say something similar to Antipova, they're distinct holidays. It's not about "calling" the holiday season different names - I celebrate Chanukah in December but I certainly wouldn't use it as an umbrella term to cover all the other things people celebrate at this time as well.
11/21/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
I say Christmas with my family and friends, and with everyone else I just say "happy holidays". Calling it "holidays" ensures I offend less people.
11/21/2011
aimtoplease aimtoplease
Quote:
Originally posted by Willow Wand
We call it Yule, how about you?
Christmas for us but theres not all of religion to it for us. We think of it as a day to be with our family
11/21/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Christmas for me, but when I worked in retail I had to say happy holidays.
11/21/2011
voenne voenne
Quote:
Originally posted by Willow Wand
We call it Yule, how about you?
I celebrate Christmas with my family, so I call it thus. We don't celebrate it for religious reasons, though, just as a commercial holiday.

However, I identify Yule as separate from that, because I'm Pagan.
11/21/2011
Rarity Rarity
They're separate holidays, but if you're asking which one we celebrate then it is Christmas in my household.

I have been invited to celebrate Chanukah with my friend and her family this year so I'm awfully excited.
11/21/2011
js250 js250
We celebrate Christmas. I look forward to the dinner and family time. I love seeing if everyone likes the presents I gave them!
11/21/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
We celebrate Christmas. We used to also celebrate the Winter Solstice, but for some reason it fell by the wayside when the kids started working evenings etc. (We always celebrated it with candles and the fireplace when the sun went down.)

For many people in the Western Hemisphere, "Christmas" is a secular holiday.

Ours does have a Christian related meaning to it, but it makes no difference to me what other people celebrate.
11/21/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Yule, as in Yule Tide and Yule Log, is a Christmas reference. It has nothing on earth to do with Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Hanukkah being a "minor" Jewish holiday (festival of lights, celebrating a miracle of oil in the temple) and Kwanzaa ...
lol you beat me to this.

um I'm not going to vote because there are several distinct religions with distinct celebrations. And one of them is not even a religious holiday. When it comes to Christmas, I call it Christmas (or sometimes Capitalist celebration day).

I'm not aware of any other names for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, so I just call them those names.

if you want an umbrella term for the whole holiday season, you could just call the holidays.
11/21/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
Yule
11/21/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. Spice
lol you beat me to this.

um I'm not going to vote because there are several distinct religions with distinct celebrations. And one of them is not even a religious holiday. When it comes to Christmas, I call it Christmas (or sometimes ...
"Capitalist Celebration Day"? I could buy into that

Echoing what everyone else said, they're all different, unique holidays for different groups.

Given how fast Black Friday has evolved, I wonder what it'll be in 10 years...

I really don't observe holidays. I've had to work too many to really notice anything is amiss except there's no mail.
11/21/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
"Capitalist Celebration Day"? I could buy into that

Echoing what everyone else said, they're all different, unique holidays for different groups.

Given how fast Black Friday has evolved, I wonder what it'll be in 10 ...
yes! I'll bet you a million dollars that it will have the same status as Mother's/ Father's day, Valentine's day and any other day that Hallmark/ Coca Cola have made.
11/21/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. Spice
yes! I'll bet you a million dollars that it will have the same status as Mother's/ Father's day, Valentine's day and any other day that Hallmark/ Coca Cola have made.
Except that Black Friday was kind of ... done on purpose. Remember when Thanksgiving used to fall on the *last* Thursday of November, but once there were five weeks and the last Thursday was the 30th? And all the stores complained, so FDR tried to move the holiday a week forward? And then all the citizens complained?

But then for the next year Congress quietly passed a bill saying it was the fourth Thursday in November?

They structured the holidays like that on purpose to facilitate people's shopping and supplying-for-shoppers needs.

Canada's actually makes sense---having a harvest celebration in October, when you actually finish harvesting.

Ah well, either way, the mail's not there, and that's really all I notice anyway
11/21/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Yule, as in Yule Tide and Yule Log, is a Christmas reference. It has nothing on earth to do with Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Hanukkah being a "minor" Jewish holiday (festival of lights, celebrating a miracle of oil in the temple) and Kwanzaa ...
Ummm Yule is one of the Pagan names for the Solstice festival. Since it is usually around the 21st of December it is totally appropriate to have it listed in the same category as Christmas, Hanukkah and yes even Kwanzaa. Yule is not a Christmas reference for many of us here at EF! Perhaps a more politely worded query would have better sufficed before insulting someone who actually celebrates Yule?
11/21/2011
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I call it Christmas.
11/21/2011
The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Quote:
Originally posted by Willow Wand
We call it Yule, how about you?
happy chrismahanekwanzica!
11/21/2011
mizzmilla mizzmilla
Christmas
11/21/2011
Willow Wand Willow Wand
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Yule, as in Yule Tide and Yule Log, is a Christmas reference. It has nothing on earth to do with Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Hanukkah being a "minor" Jewish holiday (festival of lights, celebrating a miracle of oil in the temple) and Kwanzaa ...
Yule is a Pagan Holiday, celebrated on the 21st of December. So, yes it DOES have everything to do with this.
11/22/2011
Willow Wand Willow Wand
I think many of you may have misunderstood what I was trying to ask. Yes, which HOLIDAY do you celebrate. I am Pagan, so we celebrate Yule.
11/22/2011
Willow Wand Willow Wand
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Ummm Yule is one of the Pagan names for the Solstice festival. Since it is usually around the 21st of December it is totally appropriate to have it listed in the same category as Christmas, Hanukkah and yes even Kwanzaa. Yule is not a Christmas ...
YAY! TY! Someone who actually understood me, lol.
11/22/2011
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