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How do you celebrate Christmas?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bhupinder2002, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Christmas is one festival which is celebrated all over the world regardless if you follow christianity or not . I think its more synonymous with happiness joy and contentment , catching up with friends and families . Our planet earth is so diverse . I would be interested to know how people from all over the globe celebrate Xmas ? Like what do they cook for Xmas special lunch or dinner and other things which they do ?
    Please share ..
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Hmmm...I'm not sure I agree that Christmas is a universal holiday. I can think of large chunks of the Middle East, Africa and Asia that do not celebrate it. That said, my wife and son are Jewish and I am Taoist (formerly Catholic) and we DID have a tree as well as a menorah...I like it when the house smells of tree.
     
  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Bhupinder , why do you call it Xmas for?
     
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  4. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I know that but still its the most widely celebrated festival.I am originally Hindu but it doesn't prevent me from joining the fun . Now as for as middle east is concerned I can't comment on that . BUt many countries in Asia do celebrate Christmas .
    Cheers
     
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have corrected it ..
    Cheers mate
     
  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Well I suppose Japan is a good example of that in that they celebrate it (for the most part) without the Christian underpinnings.
     
  7. nseika

    nseika Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Lois
    A red date on the calendar is always something worth to celebrate even for atheist, especially for office workers :D


    On the 24th, had gathering with the local film camera user community. Then karaoke with new friends and closed with full course dinner alone :p
     
  8. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    523
    Sep 5, 2010
    I know we're not suppose to discuss politics or religion on this forum, and I agree with it. But the question has been asked and the Mods haven't stopped it, so here is my answer. I don't buy gifts for others on a different persons birthday. So why would I do it on Christ's birthday? We do celebrate it by having a modest feast and family time in gratitude to Him.
     
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  9. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    As a Christian, I celebrate it in very traditional US/Northern European cultural way. Religious, family, eggnog, tree, even watching a canon of Christmas movies with the family (Its a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and a number of others). Services on Christmas Eve, etc., but while we give gifts, we don't go to extremes.
     
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  10. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday of the year. Time to get together with family, eat traditional food, watch Christmas movies (Love, Actually!), Christmas music, decorations, get all sentimental. Giving and receiving gifts, playing secret Santa at work and with friends, etc. There is no other celebration like that. In the US, Christmas is for everyone because it is a secular federal holiday so you choose how to celebrate it (and you get an extra day off work). I am an atheist and I love Christmas.
     
  11. taphapy

    taphapy Mu-43 Regular

    47
    Jan 17, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    We eat at a Chinese restaurant. There are other caucasians there also.
     
  12. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    I punk my family with silly gift-opening contests

    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0EpBzGDje0]Holiday Helmet 2011 - YouTube[/ame]
     
  13. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
  14. Family get together at my sister's place. Centrally located in the USA (Chicago). Largest house for the 3 generations of our clan. Laid back, relaxing time just spent enjoying the time together. Only time it gets real "serious" is when the board games hit the table. Christmas day dinner is the special holiday meal where everyone is in attendance.
     
  15. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    The "X" is an ancient and traditional symbol for Christ and has been an accepted shorthand for centuries.
     
  16. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yeah I realised that after I looked it up in Wiki, but to me it feels 'commercialised' so to speak. 'Christmas' to me is far more personal and friendly sounding.