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*
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 im still a teen, but have never celebrated holidays my parents are jehovas witnesses, so ive only have one b-day but i was 3 :/
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.
TinybrainhippieFeatured By OwnerDec 24, 2011Hobbyist 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.
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
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.
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?
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)
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'
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.)
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.
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.
MookiethecatFeatured By OwnerDec 18, 2011Hobbyist 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!!!!)
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.
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.
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...
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 meDDD
Anime-FoxFeatured By OwnerDec 16, 2011Hobbyist 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.
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 ) Christmas has really become so commercialized even the Santa part is used for Best Buy, or Coca-cola commercials... Well that's my rant, at least.
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.
001KitsuneStrangerFeatured By OwnerDec 16, 2011Hobbyist 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^^
EtoileLituanienneFeatured By OwnerDec 16, 2011Student 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).