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 # 17
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    6377 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Tradition. I am atheist and grew up non-religious, and my husbands family is Muslim. They throw a big xmas party every year and its always a blast.

    Post # 18
    Member
    1499 posts
    Bumble bee

    Catholic Bee here – Religious reasons

    Post # 19
    Member
    167 posts
    Blushing bee

    I would say we celebrate the season for tradition, as we have many, but really try to make Christmas Eve and Christmas Day about Christ.

    Post # 20
    Member
    442 posts
    Helper bee

    I think both. We love the traditions (even the pagan influenced ones) the lights and trees and music, cookies and food with family. But we are a devout family and the point of Christmas is to celebrate the coming of Christ for us. Even if we know the actual birth wasn’t likely in the dead of winter, we symbolically celebrate. We have gone to Christmas Eve  service at the same church for 20 years and I can think of almost nothing more beautiful than a few hundred people singing Silent Night by candlelight. 

    Post # 21
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    1763 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I was raised Eastern Orthodox and I have to say Christmas was more tradition/family. I think Christmas is technically in January for Orthodox Christians. Easter is a much bigger deal religiously.

    Post # 22
    Member
    129 posts
    Blushing bee

    I love Christmas! Growing up we celebrated many different religious holidays Hanukkah and Christmas until we just decided on our own what we want to celebrate. My mom was also exploring her faith during that time so it was really neat to learn so much about other religions and their holidays. 

    I prefer to treat it as a traditional holiday and it’s really for the kids but my fiancé and I still do presents and decorate the house and a tree. It’s festive and we love the spirit of Christmas and the magic. I enjoy the lights and all the special holiday goodies and the atmosphere. Spending time with family and cozying up by a fire when it’s cold. 

    Post # 23
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    3457 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m a very religious Christian, and that is precisely why I do NOT celebrate Christmas. As far as the traditions, I can see why the festivities and the lights and all would be attractive, but my parents are from another country where Christmas is celebrated quite differently, so not having grown up with the cookies and the tree and and special songs and whatnot, I don’t actually miss it. I do enjoy gathering with family and exchanging gifts, but we do that throughout the year.

    Post # 24
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    2398 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I love Christmas! It is primarily a religious occasion for me. I grew up Catholic and am an active church-goer. But I also enjoy all of the secular celebrations, as well. Santa Claus, lights, Christmas tree, Hallmark Christmas movies… It’s all great. 

    I’m already thinking about how to decorate the house. Just one more week or so and I can legitimately start decorating for Christmas.

    Post # 25
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    507 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA

    I love Christmas and I am not religious!  My family is Buddhist, and my parents are immigrants.  When I was born, they started celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah (I went to both Jewish and Catholic private schools growing up), but as cultural traditions, not religious ones.

    I love Christmas! The lights, trees, food, family and general festive coziness makes it one of my favorite times of year.  Most of these traditions have pre-Christian roots anyway!

    Post # 26
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    2101 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    100% tradition.  I’m an atheist but I love the holidays.  (And like PPs have pointed out, basically all Christmas traditions were originally pagan celebrations that were co-opted by the church to help convert people – so I certainly don’t feel like a hypocrite or disingenious.)

    Post # 27
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    1013 posts
    Bumble bee

    Both for me. I grew up in a conservative religious home. I am now very, very liberal. I’m still spiritual, but I don’t take it so seriously. I think Christmas can be for everybody. In ancient times, pagans celebrated the solstice right around Christmas time in honor of nature. You don’t need to be religious to celebrate Christmas, but I think you can still appreciate religious traditions while still being an athiest/agnostic/etc. if only for the sake of art/comfort.

    Post # 28
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    1973 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    We celebrate Christmas for both the religious and tradition of it. We have always gone to midnight mass and we also gave family traditions that we do

    Post # 29
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    5120 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I love Christmas. It’s definitely more about the traditions for me though. I acknowledge the religious aspect, but in the same way that people acknowledge the Santa Claus story, as part of the tradition, even though I don’t believe in any of it and it’s just a nice story to me. 

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