Post # 1
Just a quick poll
Do you celebrate Christmas? If yes, are you Christian or were you raised Christian?
Is there anyone who celebrates Christmas who was not raised Christian at all (raised Jewish or other or just absence of religion in your home)
If you celebrate Christmas and are not Christian/were not raised Christian, what do you consider that youre celebrating on Christmas day?
Just curious! Please share your experiences.
Post # 3
I celebrate Christmas and I am Christian, and I was raised Christian. Not too exciting haha.
Post # 4
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
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
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
@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
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 # 9
Thanks for your comments so far. I am wondering because Darling Husband was raised Jewish and is now atheist and has told me that he doesnt feel comfortable celebrating Christmas in our home (with our immediate family) but he is fine with us celebrating with my mom/dad as we have done in the past. He says the only way he would feel 100% comfortable celebrating Christmas within just our immediate family would be if we were to raise our children Jewish. I tried to explain that there are plenty of people who celebrate Christmas but are not celebrating the birth of Christ (like ME!) but his argument is that most of those people grew up as Christian and would still self identify as Christian. So I am trying to see if there are people who were not raised Christian and celebrate Christmas, and why they do it that way.
Also interested in hearing about growing up in a household that was another religion besides Christian where they celebrated Christmas!
Post # 10
Raised Christian, celebrate Christmas, still am Christian. Though I definitely feel sometimes that we’re celebrating presents more than the birth of Jesus.
Post # 11
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: interesting! Did your parents explain why you were celebrating Christmas? As in, did you at any point think you were celebrating because of Jesus or did you always realize you were more so celebrating the joy of giving, sharing, family, friends, etc?
Post # 12
@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
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
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
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
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.