When it comes to Christmas, do you celebrate for the tradition or religion?

posted 2 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: I celebrate Christmas:
    For the tradition/family : (62 votes)
    60 %
    For religious reasons : (5 votes)
    5 %
    Both! : (30 votes)
    29 %
    Neither-I do not celebrate Christmas : (6 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 2
    2705 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    9610 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    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
    2647 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    1422 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    873 posts
    Busy bee

    Its pretty lights, baking and presents for us. Lots and lots of lights.

    Post # 7
    651 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    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
    584 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    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
    7852 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    2487 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    9730 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State


    In MY house we celebrate Santa Claus.

    Post # 13
    2024 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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
    9616 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    Strictly tradition. We’re atheists.

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