(Closed) Do you celebrate Christmas vs were you raised Christian

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
  • poll:
    I celebrate Christmas, was raised Christian, still am Christian. : (50 votes)
    39 %
    I celebrate Christmas, was raised Christian, no longer consider myself Christian : (22 votes)
    17 %
    I celebrate Christmas, I was not raised Christian (what were you raised?) : (18 votes)
    14 %
    I do not celebrate Christmas, I was raised Christian : (0 votes)
    I do not celebrate Christmas, I was not raised Christian : (6 votes)
    5 %
    When I celebrate Christmas, I am celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ : (13 votes)
    10 %
    When I celebrate Christmas, I am celebrating (fill in the blank) but not the birth of Jesus Christ : (20 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I celebrate Christmas and I am Christian, and I was raised Christian. Not too exciting haha.

    Post # 4
    2892 posts
    Sugar bee

    I celebrate and I was raised Catholic. Though it’s not really a religious thing for me now as an adult.

    My SO is Jewish and his family has always done a gift exchange, though usually on Hanukkah. This year he did it on Christmas. For him it’s more of a secular/cultural thing than a religious thing as well.

    We aren’t too concerned with the God factor. We just like an excuse to buy our families and each other gifts. EDIT: We had a tree and his family usually puts up a tree as well. Their Hanukkah bush. 🙂

    Post # 5
    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

     I was raised Catholic and we celebrated christmas. My cousins though, celebrate both christmas and hanukkah, my aunt is catholic and my uncle is jewish  but i dont think either are practiced in the home on a regular basis

    Post # 6
    2755 posts
    Sugar bee

    I was raised Christian, but I am no longer one and do not consider myself religious in any means. I celebrate the holiday as a secular time of giving gifts, spending time with family and being thankful for the good things in my life. I try to donate my time and money during the holiday season towards the goodwill of others (such as working at a soup kitchen or donating warm winter apparel to local shelters).

    Post # 7
    273 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @PitBulLover: I was raised Christian and I do celebrate Christmas, same with my Fiance.  Now that we are adults, however, neither of us are too keen on organized religion (I was teased horribly at the church I used to belong to and that experience decimated my faith).  We do still celebrate Christmas though.  We think of it more as a certain opportunity to show your love for others.  We take the time to donate and volunteer, and just be nice to everyone overall (although we are nice the year round)!  Since there aren’t any kids (yet) we haven’t decided how to define our celebration, but I’m sure that we will be open to both the secular (Santa) and religious holiday experiences.

    Post # 8
    3520 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m Buddhist, and we always had Christmas as more of a cultural holiday as well.  When we were growing up, we also had Easter!

    Post # 10
    7606 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Raised Christian, celebrate Christmas, still am Christian.  Though I definitely feel sometimes that we’re celebrating presents more than the birth of Jesus.

    Post # 12
    3520 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @PitBulLover: We moved to the States from Laos when my sisters and I were 7, 3, and 2.  I think my parents wanted to throw us into the American culture as soon as possible and all of our friends/neighbors were Christian at the time.  Christmas was always a family meal with a turkey, a Christmas tree, and presents on 12/25.  I think my parents just wanted us to assimilate into American society as quickly as possible, and they didn’t want us to feel left out when all our friends were talking about Santa and presents.

    Post # 13
    999 posts
    Busy bee

    My family has always celebrated Christmas and was I was born and raised Catholic. Still Catholic to this day.

    But I have had a lot of friends that were not raised Christian and still celebrated Christmas as a secular and gift giving holiday.

    Post # 14
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I celebrate Christmas, was raised Christian (Episcopalian), and no longer consider myself Christian.  I would say I’m agnostic with strong athiest leanings.  Obviously I don’t celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ.  I just like the holiday season–buying gifts for my loved ones and getting together with family.  It’s the one time of year everyone makes time to get together, and there is always a lot of good food and drinks and just a good time in general.  I would say I view Christmas as a celebration of family.

    My SO is Jewish (more culturally than religiously), so since we’ve been together, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.  We’ve talked about what we would do when we have kids (5-7 years from now), and we’re just going to keep doing both.  I plan to use blue/silver wrapping paper for the Hanukkah presents and green/red/gold for the Christmas presents to distinguish between the two. 🙂  Since neither of us are religious, we plan to do Jewish cultural things, and Christmas is just going to be a time of family/Santa.  No celebrating the birth of christ in our house.

    Post # 15
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m Christian, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That said when we were growing up our next door neighbors were from India (arranged marriage and all) and they started celebrating Christmas as part of what they thought it ment to be American.  To fit in with our culture, of course most of the people in our neighborhood were Christian.

    Post # 16
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We celebrate Christmas and are not religious in the least. We celebrate being together. I do think it’s a little silly that we still decorate (not much) and do the whole gift thing if we are not actually celebrating what the holiday was brought up by, but we take what to us are the important parts.

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