Post # 1
In my family we never really took part in religious aspects of Christmas so I started to wonder what everyone’s families are like? I really like Christmas because its the only time I see my family together. My boyfriend thinks its mostly religious so he doesn’t get it but the beautiful lights and great time spent together plus snow if you’re lucky just makes it a really cozy time. I might watch too many romantic Christmas movies over the years, I could be a little too over the top with Christmas.
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Both for me. I grew up in an Anglican (Episcopal) family and going to church at Christmas (as well as most Sundays) was something we always did, and the first time I didn’t (I was travelling overseas) it felt very strange. Christmas is also a time where my huge extended family gets together and I love it for that reason as well. Plus I love decorating my house!
Post # 3
Both. I grew up Lutheran. My family always went to church on Christmas Eve (usually the midnight service) and for many years on Christmas morning as well.
But my family is also has many awesome Christmas traditions that are a big deal to us. We always go cut down a live Christmas tree, we decorate the tree together, we have specific Christmas movies we always watch and we leave the 24-showing of A Christmas Story on pretty much all day (we don’t sit and watch it all day but it’s on in the background). We do stockings and gifts.
With my husband, it’s a lot more tradition than it is religious. We are Christian and recognize the religious meaning behind the holiday but we don’t go to church or do anything especially religious to mark the holiday.
Post # 4
Midnight mass is my most favorite part of the holiday, so first and foremost the religious aspect for me. However, I thoroughly love all things Christmas tradition! It’s my most favorite time of the year…
Post # 5
My family is non-religious but ethnically Jewish. We’ve been in the US my whole life but came from the Soviet Union originally. Because of the judaism we don’t celebrate christmas (though we’re not at all religious). For a big gift giving holiday with our own version of Santa and with the focus being on time spent with family we celebrate the new year. We all stay up until midnight or later eating good food and opening presents that we put under our new year tree. It’s a fun time when we get to hang out with family and my brother and I both make it home each year.
Recently though I’ve started celebrating christmas because my fiance celebrates. If we have close friends celebrating in the area we see them and exchange gifts and then head over to my fiance’s dad’s house for food and gifts. Fiance’s dad and step mom are very religious and they read a prayer and all that. For fiance and me, it’s purely a social/family time though. We just sit quietly while everyone else gets through the religious portions.
Post # 6
Its pretty lights, baking and presents for us. Lots and lots of lights.
Post # 7
Niether. I wish I didn’t have to celebrate Christmas at all, but it’s difficult to opt out of everything when everyone around us celebrates it. I’m not a grinch by any stretch. I love to give and to spend time with my loved ones, but I like to do it all year round. I feel that generosity and altruism should be exercised year-round, not just because Hallmark and a million other corporations have brainwashed us in to thinking we need to blow our budgets because “Christmas!”
Post # 8
I love Christmas! I am an atheist, as are most of my family and its never been about religion, rather the family getting together (or when I lived overseas all my friends) and celebrating being together, exchanging gifts, drinking plenty of wine and generally enjoying the season, whether that’s celebrating at the beach (southern hem) or celebrating the winter time. I’m already excited and its only November!
Post # 9
I wasn’t brought up religious, and would call myself an atheist now, so it’s never been about the religious side for me, but I love Christmas! I love spending time with my family and all the food and little traditions we have. Now I’m in my mid-twenties and married, the Christmas I’ve always known is a little different now of course but I’m still looking forward to it this year.
(Though my pet peeve is the shops trying to sell Christmas from September now, it is juust a little commercialised! Festive songs and decorations don’t need to be in shops until December!)
Post # 10
Darling Husband and I just celebrate the tradition since we’re not religious. BUT…we always spend Christmas with my parents, who are religious, and end up going to church with them on xmas eve to show solidarity. Left to our own devices we would not be going to church though so I just answered “for the tradition/family..”
Post # 11
It was purely tradition for my family growing up, and for me now. I would never have classified my family as “Christian” (you’d have to go back to my great grandparents to find church-goers in my family) but we celebrated Christmas and Easter – not for the religious stuff though, just for the lights, the tree, the presents, the music (sometimes we even went caroling!) and we watched Xmas movies and got together as a family. At Easter we did Easter egg hunts. None of it was religiously meaningful to me, even though I liked things like nativity scenes that certainly do have religious meaning.
Post # 12
In MY house we celebrate Santa Claus.
Post # 13
Both. Our families are both very, very convervative Christian–
So we always go to church on Christmas Eve. Do I really think that Jesus was literally born on Dec 25 way back when? No. But it is nice to pause and celebrate the event of his birth (whenever it was) and how whether you’re Christian or not, can see the impact (good or otherwise, depending on your beliefs) it has had on the world.
We also have a lot of traditions I look forward to as well—so any chance we get to bring family together and hang out is always welcome!
Post # 14
I’m married to a pastor, so definitely it is a more religious occassion – Christmas Eve/Day are work days for him. We do the family/gifts etc. after the fact. I love the season myself, and usually decorate and put on carols and watch movies and shop for gifts, but we also focus on advent and the importance of the season spiritually.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Strictly tradition. We’re atheists.