Post # 1
This is just for fun, and not intended to start a debate on “the true meaning of Christmas”, or to knock on anyone’s religion, or anything of that sort. Christmas has really evolved throughout the years and has been adopted by people from all walks of life; so I find everyone’s personal reasons for observing the holiday to be really interesting, especially considering that a traditionally religious holiday is so widely observed by the non-religious.
Bonus poll question: One of the most recognizable Christmas customs is, of course, the Christmas tree. Some people attach religious signifigance to it, while others seem to do it simply out of habit/tradition…so what does it mean to you? Why do you decorate a tree in the middle of your house this time of year?
Post # 2
I do not identify with a religion, but I would say it’s more tradition. Now that I have a daughter, it is nice to look back on what I did as a child and do some of those things with her but also do some new things as a family. It is also a good time to enjoy being with family and reminicing over how the year went and what we are thankful for, and giving back to the community.
Post # 3
Basically just because it’s the “norm” and I grew up celebrating it, I don’t come from a religious background so really no deep meaning of Christmas for me.
As an adult I haven’t cared much about the holidays, it’s only been the last couple of years that I’ve been trying to get in to the holiday spirit but really I could probably do without it.
I do like the decorations and all of the lights, but I could do without exchanging gifts with other adults, I just find that part weird and uncomfortable.
I come from a very small family and most years it was just myself, my sister and one of my parents spending the holidays together and we’ve had some very unpleasant ones so maybe I’m a little jaded about the whole thing.
Post # 4
A mix of religion and tradition. My husband and I both identify as Christian (though I can’t even remember the last time we went to church) so we do recognize it as a religious holiday. But it’s also nice to participate in all the traditions from our childhoods, create new traditions, and spend time with family and we’re really more focused on that than the religious aspect I would say.
Post # 5
I grew up in a Jewish and non-practicing catholic household. Our tree and celebration is more about togetherness than ‘the reason for the season’. It’s about setting time aside to be together, enjoy and spoil each other. I guess my tree reflects that. It’s covered in ornaments I’ve made or that others, especially my mom, have made, as well as ones gifted over the years or purchased somewhere we’ve been. There are almost no impersonal ornaments on my tree unless they are filler.
I think my husband just wants the lights. He hates coming home in the dark after work, so being greeted by the tree and other lights is something he loves.
Post # 6
I celebrate purely out of tradition. I’m not religious and I don’t subscribe to Christian beliefs, but I was raised celebrating Christmas and it holds importance to me as a time for family.
I like Christmas trees because they’re pretty. Mine usually go up before Thanksgiving lol.
Post # 7
I am completely atheistic, but I love the glow of lights this time of year. Given that the solstice was celebrated long before Christmas, I know that ancient Egyptians marked the solstice with green palm leaves, while the Druids and ancient Romans used evergreen boughs to mark the date. I don’t know how or if that translates to the tree, but I wouldn’t doubt some connection. Realistically, what do evergreen trees decorated with candles and baubles have to do with the birth of a religious figure? Christianity incorporated LOTS of traditions of other, older traditions, and they even placed their celebrations around the time that the original celebrations took place. It is no coincidence that Christmas fall near the solstice and Easter generally falls near the March equinox.
Post # 8
I enjoy some of the traditions. It’s a good excuse to have some time off work and get together. We’re definitely cutting down on some stuff though, like presents and also the food.
In terms of the tree, this is the first time we’ve had one up in a few years because the cats used to try and climb it which never ended well. It’s purely for tradition, but it’s one tradition I can’t see me giving up!
Post # 9
I love the Christmas culture of Santa, Christmas tree, decorations, lights, gifts.
Not into the religious aspect
Post # 10
No longer religious – leaning towards identifying as an atheist these days but I LOVE the holidays! I could do without the gift exhange/consumerist aspect, but I really enjoy the music, decorations, cooler weather, etc.
The “save Christmas” militants annoy the hell out of me, though. I live in an area with a diverse population so I usually wish people “Happy Holidays” which covers them all – including New Years. I had a man just the other day snap back at me “you mean MERRY CHRISTMAS”.
Post # 11
I LOVE Christmas, but am not remotely religious. I love the decor and the songs and the traditions that come with secular, westernized Christmas traditions. I love/have a Christmas tree solely for the aesthetic and sentimental/cultural tradition of it all.
Post # 12
I grew up in a super religious Christian family and Christmas was always a big deal. We got into the commercial side of it with lots of presents and decorations etc., but the main focus was always on the religious side of things.
I’m no longer religious, but I still love Christmas. I’m married to a Jewish person (who’s also not religious), and he’s down to celebrate it too in a secular way. We put up a tree, buy presents and do the whole shebang, minus celebrating Jesus’s birth lol. For me it’s about spending time with family and stuffing our faces mostly, plus I love the “coziness” of a Christmas tree and other xmas decor, and just the nostalgia of it all.
Post # 13
I’m religious. And my family has many traditions surrounding the holiday.
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2021 - City, State
I really like it as a nice excuse to be with family and have good times with them.