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The Seventh Poll of Christmas: Christmas and Religion 
8th-Dec-2010 01:28 pm
Homer Xmas
Edit: Question two should read "Christmas eve or Christmas day".


Poll #1654713 Religious Christmas

Is Christmas a religious holiday for you?

Yes
17(24.3%)
No
47(67.1%)
Something else (what?)
6(8.6%)

Will you attend a church service on Christmas eve on Christmas day?

Yes
8(11.4%)
Probably
6(8.6%)
Probably not
9(12.9%)
No
45(64.3%)
Something else (what?)
2(2.9%)

For you does Christmas symbolize the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ?

Yes
17(24.3%)
No
47(67.1%)
Something else (what?)
6(8.6%)

Do you believe that Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem sometime around 2000 years ago?

Yes, I believe all of that
15(21.4%)
I believe in parts of that statement
19(27.1%)
I don't believe any of that statement
25(35.7%)
I'm not sure what to believe about this
9(12.9%)
Something else (what?)
2(2.9%)

Which of the following statements do you agree with (select as many as apply).

Christmas is purely a commercial holiday and had no religious significance for me.
28(12.1%)
I am offended at how a religious holiday like Christmas has become so commercialized.
9(3.9%)
Mention of the word "Christmas" in connection with public events offends me.
2(0.9%)
People who take offence at the mention of the word "Christmas" in connection with public events offend me.
21(9.1%)
We should put "Christ" back in "Christmas."
7(3.0%)
If my community put up a nativity scene in a public place, I would take offence.
7(3.0%)
I see nothing wrong with my community putting up a nativity scene in a public place.
40(17.2%)
Mention of the word "Christmas" in connection with any government event offends the seperation of church and state.
6(2.6%)
I wish that people who take offence to mention of the word "Christmas" would get a life.
34(14.7%)
All non-essential businesses should be closed on Christmas Day.
22(9.5%)
Businesses should have the right to require employees to work on Christmas Day.
8(3.4%)
Christmas should be purely a religious holiday and should not be the subject of any specific legislation.
7(3.0%)
My nation was founded on Christian beliefs and it offends me how this is forgotten in modern public policy and legislation.
6(2.6%)
It offends me how much Christianity is insinuated into public policy and law.
29(12.5%)
I don't agree with any of these statements.
6(2.6%)
Comments 
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8th-Dec-2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
IAWTC.
8th-Dec-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Same here.
9th-Dec-2010 12:18 am (UTC)
What a perfectly sensible and reasonable approach to Christmas!
9th-Dec-2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Fourthing!
9th-Dec-2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Same for me. afterall everybody can have a fest of love.
10th-Dec-2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Sixthing!!

Really, I don't see what the big deal is one way or the other. I have absolutely no problem with public agencies celebrating Christmas festivities, etc., just so long as anyone who chooses not to isn't required to do so.

For that matter, it kind of bugs me that people place so much significance over getting their gifts in BY December 25th. What's wrong with having cards and gifts show up a few days later? If anything, it helps extend the season and gives something to look forward to, instead of having the December 26 let-down (except for the Christmas clearance shoppers, LOL). I remember waiting in line at the post office, and this customer at the counter was all, "THIS PACKAGE HAS TO BE THERE BY CHRISTMAS!" O_o Whatever. I'm sure that whoever he was sending it to would have enjoyed it just as much if it didn't arrive until the 26th. Ahem. Anyway.

Also! Icon love! Harley Quinn~
8th-Dec-2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm Pagan. I celebrate Yule/Christmas because it's a lovely time of year and reminds of the magic I felt around the holidays as a child.

I don't have any problem with nativity scenes and Christmas trees being up in public. I don't get offended if someone says Merry Christmas to me. I think there is room in my world for all kinds of celebrations.
8th-Dec-2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
If my church has a service on Christmas, I'll probably attend, but since it hasn't in the past, it's not likely.
8th-Dec-2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
The idea of a virgin birth offends my intelligence, but other than that, Christmas and I are pals.
9th-Dec-2010 12:13 am (UTC)
In my native language, the word for Christmas derives from the same root as "Yule", so most of this is thankfully a completely moot point for me. :D
9th-Dec-2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I only go to church on Christmas Eve with my mother to make her happy. The rest of the year, I refuse to set foot in a church.
9th-Dec-2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I was raised Catholic and still live with my very Catholic family even though I don't believe. Sometimes I'll do midnight Mass because Christmas worship music is beautiful, even if Mass otherwise inspires a lot of guilt and other negativity in me.

For me the holiday represents time to celebrate family and friends. I think all the miraculous virgin birth stuff is a load of hooey, personally, but ymmv.

I have no problems with people saying "Merry Christmas" and think those who do should get a life (it's become largely a secularized holiday in the sense most people celebrate it, like it or not), but civic-sponsored nativity scenes bother me because government endorsement of religion is wrong.

I think all nonessential businesses should be closed because it's utter bullshit that my boss wants us to get up at the asscrack of dawn to sell coffee and donuts to people instead of spending time with our families.
9th-Dec-2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Not gonna lie, I am pretty sad by the number of people not attending a Christmas service, unless it actually conflicts with other religious -- not atheist -- beliefs. I have very little patience for church or traditional religion, but my Christmas would feel incomplete without a midnight Mass. I don't even think about the religious aspect, it's just a beautiful ceremony (plus fun music) to observe, and only going once a year preserves the magic and wonder.
9th-Dec-2010 11:44 am (UTC)
I find Christmas deeply distressing, plus I hate the conspicuous consumerism of it all. Were it not for the traumatic family stuff that I connect with Christmas, I'd still hate it because of all the needless consumption and waste.

I may attend one or more church services around Christmas if I'm feeling desperate. (I'm an atheist though.)

Edited at 2010-12-09 11:45 am (UTC)
9th-Dec-2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Christmas to me is about celebration of family (and of course Santa!). I'm not religious at all but I don't take offence to anything religous, as I do know that's where Christmas comes from.
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