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If someone is none-religious, do you still think they should/can celebrate Christmas/Easter etc? 

4,059 deviants said Yeah, why not... :shrug:
3,012 deviants said Its up to the individual.
189 deviants said No, its disrespectful.

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tattedrebel12bill Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I thought most holidays were originally pagan in origin
Galadhwin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you are correct :)
BlueKnightMar Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Yes, I mean, Santa Claus is not exactly a Christian thing. And I mean the popular figure of him. I have many friends that are non-believer and they still celebrate it and it's a family thing too. It happens the same with Easter, but here is the Bunny instead. *shrugs*
kh-lover15 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I say yes to Christmas, but I don't think they should for Easter...
blackwolves101 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holidays are no longer a thing for Christians and etc, now its just a yearly event for stores to make money, and people to have fun :P
im still a teen, but have never celebrated holidays :o
my parents are jehovas witnesses, so ive only have one b-day but i was 3 :/
DeviantPirateCaptain Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way I see it, Christmas has become something far different from it's original meaning. It's become a time of exchanging gifts, and simply that to many, I don't see why people that aren't religious can't still participate in that part of 'christmas'/the holidays.
And when American Media advertises the holidays for nearly two months prior to most holiday dates, it seems less of a religious thing and more of just an economy booster. >.>

Unless the non-religious have something against the economy, I don't see the problem.
Tinybrainhippie Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course. I'm a troll (I mean atheist) and I celebrate it. Besides, they're both pagan holidays. And the fact that Christians celebrate pagan holidays kind of sums it up. Besides, whos to say we can or cannot celebrate a holiday?
Merry Christmas to you all.
nicromno Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Christmas/Easter/etc ... are really just social things, so I think it's pretty much ok.
purpletenshi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Personally, I dont celebrate Christmas because of religion, I celebrate for the purpose of giving and seeing family.

..and eating a huge feast of delicious food!
qilorar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Christmas i just a name, this celebration was before jesus, christians just took celebrations and put theyr own rools, Chrustmas night is the longest and day the shortest, so it can be celebrated by anyone
KalineReine Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm not religious... Well, I am but... I follow a different religion, and we don't celebrate Xmas. But I celebrate it anyway with my family, just because they do and it's expected of me and I have no choice... :( But I HATE IT.
KarasuMegami Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm an atheist, and most of my family is, and we celebrate Christmas.
Kin-Maru Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Being non-religious myself, I still celebrate these holidays, though more as a celebration of family and the season than anything else.
AmaiPandaCrafts Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When you take into account that Jesus (I'm not religious but let's just assume he's real for the sake of argument) wasn't actually born in what we now know to be december (according to all research by historians into chartable points in the bible he was born between september and october) then I don't see why non religious groups or non christians can't celebrate it. 'Christmas' is actually the pagan holiday of winter Solstice which usually occurs between the 21st and 23rd of December according to all lunar charts, but the Christians took the holiday and made it into christmas because at the time they weren't, and probably still aren't, particularly fond or tolerant of the Pagans. So seeing as it actually has no real bearing on the birth of Jesus Christ why can't it be celebrated by people who aren't Christian?
OrdinarySnowflake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   General Artist
I think so, Christmas is a good excuse to be nice, even if the feeling in the action is not genuine sometimes. I LOVE Christmas time, it's so friendly and fluffy. Except for black friday. God, I shall NEVER EVER shop during Black Friday.
YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!!! Those people look like the zombie hordes from Left 4 Dead. (O___O)
Ze-Ze Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i don't feel that those holidays have anything to do with religion anymore
Magoo-Tora Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student General Artist
If you want to get technical, Easter and Christmas were the Christain church's way of converting people from the 'old' religions. I celebrate the pagan holidays, and people get mad because I don't do it 'their way'
NamieDanielle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
And I still say Merry Christmas to people even though I'm Wiccan. It's just a saying of good will over religious blessing, as I see it.

(Many of the Pagan holidays are in the same week as the Christian holidays, if you noticed. Yule mirrors Christmas, Imbolic and the Three Kings Day, Samhain and All Saint's Day, and Easter was to cover Beltane.)
Magoo-Tora Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
The Pagan and Christian holidays occurring around the same time is no coincidence, it was part of the Church's way of stamping out the old religion.

I say whatever holiday I can think of at the time, from Yule, to Candlemas, to anything else!
NamieDanielle Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
It's so sad that they had to do that to gain the mass population they have now.

Here, in America, it's a free country. Say whatever you want.
sonofravens Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Well although the meaning has changed they are both originally pagan traditions, but still; no if your gonna patronize someone's belief for the entire year but still practice their traditions it's hypocritical.
blackberrymerry Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
I'm an atheist, but I still celebrate Christmas. I mean, i give presents and stuff. But i dont' actually pray to jesus or believe that its his birthday or whatnot. I think I still have the right to celebrate what I want without people giving me a hard time about it though.
Mookiethecat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
in this day in age, most people don't celebrate Christ's birth, they celebrate good deals and getting stuff. it's sad but very true, so what's to say non religious people cant celebrate something (some) Christians and Catholics don't celebrate properly anyways.
(please don't take this as an insult!!!!)
Me-is-kohaku Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
i think if you're nonreligious you can use it as a time to be with your family (and give presents) instead of celebrating jesus's relocated b-day.
AxletheBeast Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think the majority of religious people would mind others becoming involved in their celebrations, as if anything it's just good advertisement. I see no issue with it. Additionally, some "religious" holidays were actually intended to be multi-cultural celebrations, not religion-specific events. Christmas is an excellent example of this.
ZaDr-Lover Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
i know i do. not the jesusy part but the rest of the stuff.
applejuiice Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well i dont know why someone who isnt Christain would celebrate Easter.. I mean Easter is all about Jesus' resurrection and church, there not really anything non-religious about it besides a bunny. Christmas though besides celebrating the birth of Jesus, is a giving, family and friends, kinda holiday, and anyone can celebrate that lol, im pretty sure almost everyone celebrates Christmas anyways or some holiday that season lol
Technically, I'm religious, but I'm an Atheist. I don't believe in God (don't hate me), however it is unfair to isolate people for their beliefs, especially at times of family and goodwill, such as Christian festivals. I was brought up a christian and live with my christian parents and brother; should I be isolated from christmas because I don't believe there was a Jesus Christ. It's not about religion for the most part. It's about being together, living in peace, even if just for 1 day a year. That's my view.
isshi69nikkei Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist
I'm not 'very religious' but i love christmas. I love all this.. christmas mood, family meetings, even singing carols and so on ;) but i don't visit church nor celebrate it in strictly religious way. I'm sad when people say they hate christmas - generally it meens they hate their family and don't want to 'wish them merry christmas' buy presents and see them at all...
milskae Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
well as far as I know christmas is not a day when Jesus Christ was born. So what is religius about this day? pagan had this day as the day when sun comes back and that was even befor Christianity. So it's a familly day to me:DDDD
gothgirl-13 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
i'm not that religous but my parents(especialy my mom) are pretty religous so i celebrate it but ... yeah.. you get what i mean right?
(sory for my bad english :'( )
Jason-Lee-Johnson Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am a druid but I celebrate because of family
Anime-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As Christmas is not technically a Christian holiday (its more Pagan then anything), i don't see the problem. Even if it was, is giving a gift to a loved one a sin because said person isn't a certain religion? That's fucked up.
phii-rob Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
someones probably already said this.. but I'm an atheist and i still celebrate Christmas :3

besides, its a pagan holiday not a christian one! >.>
purpleeeeeeeee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Have you SEEN how many athiests celebrate Christmas just for the presents? o.0
Theralite Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Have you SEEN how many religious people celebrate Christmas just for the presents? o.0 Frankly, I think the original message of Christmas is lost, if there was one in the first place. First of all, Jesus was born in the summer, his birthday was moved to coincide with a Pagan holiday, I think. And also Saint Nicholas (the OTHER one) is the patron of thieves (and many other things [link]) of course though, this was the one from Myra. (But it kinda makes sense, him breaking into everyone's houses and all :lmao: ) Christmas has really become so commercialized even the Santa part is used for Best Buy, or Coca-cola commercials... Well :shrug: that's my rant, at least.
DragonQueen97 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
i know this might start some terrible arguments or something (idk) in this poll
but i just wanted to say that actually, Jesus Christ was born somewhere in June or July. Celebrations were moved to december to stop paegan festival celebrations which occurred at that time.
so i think people should be able to celebrate 'christmas' without it having to be religious.
DragonQueen97 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
oh wait, there's already been a bit of a debate on this xD
yay, no argument (probably? hopefully?) :')
TranquilDisturbance Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hardly about religious views anymore o.o
JZ-Abarai Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These celebrations have become in our days so commodified that almost everyone celebrates them.
Christmas has lost most of the original meaning to not-very-religious people and it has become more of just a general holiday of presents. Easter is a bit more religiously meaningful but not by much
001KitsuneStranger Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am an atheist and i celebrate christmas because i think that spending a nice and cozy day with your family,
telling each other that you are grateful that you have all those people around you is a wonderful way if showing oneīs love for them...
i am sorry if religious people feel offended by it but itīs not like i want to cause harm or anything like that...and i as well do not have the intention of appearing disrespectful

i just celebrate a holiday with the ones i love and appreciate
afterall the modern christmas is about the people around you and the warm feeling inside one during this sweet and decorative holiday^^
EtoileLituanienne Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Writer
Well, I'm not religious but me and my family (they are not religious as well) always celebrate Christmas, Christmas Eve and Easter. That's because it is part of traditions and these celebrations is time when all family gathers together and everyone is happy then.
Mauser7 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heck, I'm pretty much an atheist and celebrate Christmas. I do it more for the gifts than the Christmas story. I refuse to celebrate Easter, though. If I'm going to celebrate anything spring related, it'll be Ostara, the pagan fertility festival.
Roselyna Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
they could but non religious just think about presents instead of what Christmas actually means it s to celebrate Jesus birthday. well sometimes they do

i thnik peole are forgettin y in the first place we celebrate it
Crystalkit1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I would hope so because I'm an atheist but I celebrate. But my Dad is Christian (Mom is not) and we still hang out. For Christians, I guess it's about the birth of Jesus and celebrating with family, but for me I guess I focus more on the family thing than Jesus. It's still a great time to talk with family, because we don't really get that everyday.
itsanidiom Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just wonder why they celebrate it sometimes, like my ex was Russian and his Family was agnostic and they didn't really do Christmas. It just depends on the individual.
Sodayaka Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I do think they should respect the culture it comes from, say if an athiest wants to celebrate christmas. I don't think they should go around bashing God, Jesus and the religion. Same for all others; Judaism, ect.
EvilDoctorHobbit Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Why the hell not?
hyperactive-activate Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
It's really a collection of many different cultures depending on where you come from.

Some people say it's originally a Pagan tradition.
Some people say Saint Nick originated in Scandinavia, others say he was a Turkish Monk.
Christmas (in Britain) has become hugely commercialised, so many christmas-themed stuff goes on sale to make more money, etc.

I don't really know anything else off the top of my head :S Normally I know more than this... I'm forgetting everything *is stressed*

Anyway, if you celebrate it Happy Christmas, if not, Happy Holidays, if you aren't getting a holiday then have a Happy New Year (if I don't comment before then).
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