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Is Christmas a religious holiday?

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Posted 12/24/18 , edited 12/24/18
Either, or. I'm Atheist, and I celebrate it. It's a good excuse to have get-togethers and feasts.
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Posted 12/25/18 , edited 12/26/18

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I luv Christmas <3


It's my favorite holiday.
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Posted 12/26/18 , edited 12/26/18
if you really want to get technical, basically all the holidays pulled into Christianity is a mirror of some "pagan" holiday. but Japan has been freely to celebrate their religious holiday freedom for a few generations now. however North Korea, China and the likes are more closeted and can't celebrate. when they can't it's either in private or they simply "celebrate it in their hearts". case in point when Christianity was "spreading" into other countries, it resulted in some seriously bad cases, so much so, that some of the statues of old was created that secretly had their true faith hidden in the fake (religion of said country) so they don't run the risk of being harmed/killed. and no, Christmas isn't really "religious" any more so it's pretty much become a consumer holiday, as are many others. but it's called Yule/Solstice in some cases...
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Posted 12/26/18 , edited 12/26/18
if you really want to get technical, basically all the holidays pulled into Christianity is a mirror of some "pagan" holiday. but Japan has been freely to celebrate their religious holiday freedom for a few generations now. however North Korea, China and the likes are more closeted and can't celebrate. when they can't it's either in private or they simply "celebrate it in their hearts". case in point when Christianity was "spreading" into other countries, it resulted in some seriously bad cases, so much so, that some of the statues of old was created that secretly had their true faith hidden in the fake (religion of said country) so they don't run the risk of being harmed/killed. and no, Christmas isn't really "religious" any more so it's pretty much become a consumer holiday, as are many others. but it's called Yule/Solstice in some cases...
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if you really want to get technical, basically all the holidays pulled into Christianity is a mirror of some "pagan" holiday. but Japan has been freely to celebrate their religious holiday freedom for a few generations now. however North Korea, China and the likes are more closeted and can't celebrate. when they can't it's either in private or they simply "celebrate it in their hearts". case in point when Christianity was "spreading" into other countries, it resulted in some seriously bad cases, so much so, that some of the statues of old was created that secretly had their true faith hidden in the fake (religion of said country) so they don't run the risk of being harmed/killed. and no, Christmas isn't really "religious" any more so it's pretty much become a consumer holiday, as are many others. but it's called Yule/Solstice in some cases...
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Posted 12/26/18 , edited 12/26/18
None of my immediate family are Christians and my family has been celebrating a secular Christmas our entire lives and I know others who do the same, ditto with Easter.
Long story short it can be both depending on if you are celebrating the religious aspect or just going along with the present exchange and decorations and whatnot.
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Posted 12/26/18 , edited 12/27/18
Well Christmas is a Pagan holiday (That surrounds around Yuletide) with mistletoe, yule logs, trees and ivy, holly, giving gifts, magical beings that deliver gifts such as Santa Claus (And all of the variations in different countries)

I'm sure some countries it's illegal to celebrate Christmas since some people do view it as religious. So for Pagans and Christians it is an religious holiday and for everyone else, it's an commercial holiday for fun.

So personally I feel that someone's religious belief should not mean they can't celebrate Christmas since to most people it is a holiday about coming together with friends and family and is more commercial holiday (Like Valentine's day in the West and Culture Day or the autumn festival in Japan or the Lantern Festival in China to name a few)

Same thing with Easter. Most people think of the easter bunny, eggs, pastel colors

Apparently a lot of Japanese people don't even know Easter is religious in some beliefs.

I grew up in an non religious household and we celebrated Christmas every year.

A lot of people don't celebrate Christmas as an religious holiday.

When I lived in Japan (I plan to spend another year sometime soon there, hopefully my anxiety, depression and b12 deficiency and Anemia wouldn't affect it as much and I'll actually at least have a better time) Christmas was everywhere pretty much when Halloween had finished. Illuminations, Strawberry cakes, christmas trees and decorations and more.
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Posted 12/27/18 , edited 12/27/18
I just see Christmas as appropriation of ancient Pagan rituals regarding the Winter Solstice and the days getting longer again. The early church calendar was based around the seasons, with Jesus being born when the days get longer again and being reborn around when Spring begins (AKA Easter). I don't really know how it all happened, but the ancient traditions from many surrounding cultures came along.

I have no problem with Christians having holidays that celebrate those events. But don't tell me that I can't put up evergreens because that is specifically a Christian tradition. The Bible actually forbade that as a Pagan tradition.

For me, I don't celebrate "Christmas" in any remotely religious/Christian way. Just more as a celebration of winter, which is my favorite season. The only really remotely Christian thing I do is listen to the old Christian Christmas carols, which I just do naturally because I have an interest in Early Music which is largely Christian music.
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