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The Significance of Christmas in Your Life 
9th-Dec-2009 11:04 am
Homer Xmas

Which of the following comments describe the significance of Christmas in your life?

For me Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ
2(1.6%)
Christmas has no religious or spritual significance for me
0(0.0%)
Christmas is mostly, if not entirely for children.
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Christmas is purely a commercial holiday, designed to get people to buy things
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Christmas reminds me of happier times in my life
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Christmas is an reason to get out of school or work
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I find the focus on Christian tradition at Christmas time to be offensive
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Christmas is a time to reunite with family and friends
0(0.0%)
Christmas has a spiritual significance for me, though not necessarily a religious one
1(0.8%)
Christmas traditions such as putting up a tree, listening to carols, etc., make me happy.
1(0.8%)
Christmas reminds me of my moral values and directs me to adhere to them better.
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Christmas is a time for having fun and enjoying life.
0(0.0%)
Christmas is a time for gratitude.
0(0.0%)
Christmas means nothing special to me.
3(2.4%)
None of these statements apply to me.
1(0.8%)
Comments 
9th-Dec-2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
christmas is a time to get free stuff from people tbqh.
9th-Dec-2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
+1

I always feel awkward asking people for things but at Christmas I suddenly feel totally okay with it. Somehow this seems like a perversion of the intent xD
9th-Dec-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
i don't celebrate christmas. so for me, christmas is an entire month and a half where i hear christmas songs, see christmas decorations, and occasionally feel bitter that i'm not participating.
9th-Dec-2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
So much agreement. :)
9th-Dec-2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Let's be perfectly honest: It's not really a Christian thing so much as it is a Western secular holiday these days.
9th-Dec-2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
I think that all depends on your own personal views. To me and my family, it will always be about the Birth of Christ. My 6-year-old asked me this morning if we could make a birthday cake and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. :)
9th-Dec-2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Christmas is about being irritated by Christmas music in the stores. And stupid ads on TV about how if you don't buy cars or expensive jewelry then you are a loser.
9th-Dec-2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
second sentence = YES
9th-Dec-2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Christmas means presents, family, food, and primarily NO SCHOOL.
And thus, it is great.

/obnoxious high schooler
9th-Dec-2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Christmas reminds me of the family that I used to have, and often makes me feel depressed as hell. I am not alone in this.
10th-Dec-2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Christmas is about having to spend an hour in line at the store just to buy deodorant.

Christmas is about being forced to listen to 37 renditions of Frosty the Snowman and Silent Night while waiting in line to buy your deodorant.

Christmas is about having to deal with the nastiest, meanest, most disgusting dregs of humanity who only emerge from their caves once per year for this special holiday. While waiting in line for an hour to buy your deodorant. And being forced to listen to 37 renditions of Frosty the Snowman and Silent Night.

Christmas is about being frowned upon for not expressing your love for friends and family because you did not buy a bunch of useless s*** for them.

Christmas is about finding space to put all that useless s*** that people insist upon buying for you. You poor, deceived, selfish Heathen you.

Christmas is about shops putting up politically correct "Happy Holidays" signs, while their employees gleefully declare, "Jesus is the reason for the season."

Christmas is about killing trees to celebrate life.

Christmas is about observing a Christian holiday by means of Pagan traditions.

Christmas is about getting time off work. Okay, i'm sold. ♥

Edited at 2009-12-10 12:23 am (UTC)
10th-Dec-2009 12:51 am (UTC)
You're brilliant (just in case you didn't already know that.)
10th-Dec-2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Although I am Christian, I do not celebrate Christmas, because it IS founded in pagan traditions and perpetuated as a materialistic event.
10th-Dec-2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Christmas can be nice. Equally, it can be a giant pain in the arse. Now that I work in retail, the amount of joy is severely diminished. :P
10th-Dec-2009 10:08 am (UTC)
I'm an atheist, so I embrace the commercialism of Christmas. heh It's a time to buy presents and spend money.

ETA: I also love the Christmas decorations. I have no clue why, but when I was younger, people would always give me Christmas decorations--maybe because my birthday is in December. We have two nativity scenes, but some of the pieces have been broken, so I think we set it up with Darth Vader standing in as Joseph or something like that. But I'm sentimental about the ornaments. Almost all of them were either gifts that remind me of the giver or ornaments my kids made or that someone made for us (hand-crocheted lace snowflakes!) or some other special ornament. Every year I let my kids pick out one special ornament for the tree, so those ones have significance as well.

I don't know. I think it's fun, especially as I get older and the stress of it all is much less than it was when I was younger. OTOH, I loved it when my kids were little and we could make a magical Christmas for them, usually for not much money.

Edited at 2009-12-10 10:24 am (UTC)
10th-Dec-2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
In America at least, Christmas is now a corporate marketing strategy. Consumers worship at the altar of capitalism, convinced that love and acceptance can be purchased in the mall.
10th-Dec-2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
You should totally join this community!
12th-Dec-2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Christmas is so widely celebrated in America because the whole foundation of America is based upon Christians and the beliefs of Christians.
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