What does Christmas mean to you?

@Barb42 (4225)
United States
October 30, 2008 9:00am CST
Christmas is the holiday on which we celebrate the birth of Christ. We know he wasn't born that particular day, but it is set aside for that reason. Most people get together with family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to have dinner with each other and exchange gifts. I suppose the gift giving started because of the gifts given to Jesus when he was born. And, it has become a tradition at Christmas to exchange gifts with family. Our family always gets together on Christmas Day at one of our houses. We used to go to my Mother's along with my brothers and their families. But, since my mother has gotten older and not able to have the celebration anymore, my family usually comes here to my house. We eat and exchange gifts and just fellowship until it's time for them all to go home. How do you celebrate Christmas? Does your family celebrate the birth of Jesus on that day?
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• United States
30 Oct 08
Since Christmas has become so materialistic,my family has stopped exchanging gifts on that day and wait until a few days later (it doesn't make that much sense to me but whatever) Now we all get together and have dinner and enjoy each others presence. Although, It can't be proved that Jesus was born on that particular day, because we were raised to believe that he was, we still celebrate his Birth.
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@katsmeow1213 (28820)
• United States
30 Oct 08
We don't have a lot of family, aside from his parents. My family is all gone, and he's lost touch with most of his for one reason or another. We'll do gifts with the kids in the morning, and sometimes we'll invite his parents over for dinner. I don't get along with them well, and they make me extremely uncomfortable, so I have to be in the right mood to have them over. For a few years we just didn't because I was already over stressed by them.
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Kats, you need to psych yourself up to have a good time regardless of who shows up. Don't let others ruin your holiday. Laughter is the best medicine - laugh off things that might be said that offends or hurts you. Don't let anyone come in and try to put a damper on your spirit! If they keep it up, tell them you aren't going to have that in your house and ask them to leave! Don't let them stress you out.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
They'll do rude and offensive things all year, which makes me not want to invite them. My father in law has literally called our house and left a message on our machine so my kids could hear it saying he's going to kick us out of our house and that he doesn't care if we live on the streets. Last year he was fighting with my hubby over money, and in front of the kids said he didn't care if they got Christmas presents or not, and the only reason he needed the money was to buy a present for his wife. My mother in law is rather annoying as well, just in a different way. She'll come over totally unannounced and disrupt anything I'm doing. If I have the kids upstairs cleaning their room she'll call them outside, even if I don't want them out. If I tell them not to do something she'll tell them to go ahead and do it. But then she yells at them over other things like spinning in place or running around, which I don't yell at them for. And she always has to make comments about the way I do things. She stopped over once while I was cleaning and acted all surprised that I actually clean. She tried to tell me to make my left handed son use his right hand by tying the left behind his back. She just always has something to say and basically wants me to feel like I'm doing everything wrong. She's never accepted me. Sometimes I can grin and bear it, but I make it a quick eat and leave sort of thing. There have been some years though that they upset me shortly before Christmas and I wasn't over it by the time the holiday came, so I told them they were not invited.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I had spent the last 17 years married and living in Louisiana while all my family was in Ohio so only once or twice did I get to make the trip up to spend it with them on Christmas. Although we called and talked it was not the same as being with them. MY husband's family don't all get together on Christmas day each spend it at home with their families instead of a gathering in one house. Christmas to me has always been where the whole family gets together at one place and has dinner and exchanges gifts. And spends the day together. Now as of Sept. 2005 we have relocated to Ohio and have spend it at my daughter's. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is the reason for Christmas and should be the main reason that we celebrate. The putting up of lights and decorating is fun but we need to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
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@underdogtoo (9601)
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
Christmas does not mean as much to me as it did before. It is a holiday, nothing more. So many promises have been made about Christmas, the cheer, the feeling of love, etc., which has somehow never been met. Cheers!!
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I believe Christmas is what we make it. I can be happy just sitting at home in front of my gas logs, watching a Christmas movie. I can be happy just seeing my grandchildren come through my back door. They don't have to bring a thing but a hug and laughter.
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@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Oct 08
Barb, since Christmas is about giving, I decided to give my kids the freedom from guilt of choosing one family over another. Christmas is in your heart, and we do a lot on Thanksgiving with our family, including sharing a devotional/memory book.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Christmas is just another holiday for us. Until my kids got older now it is much more of an event. Though I do feel pretty lonely every year for the holidays. Not much happening, just my two little kids and that’s it. We don’t have a large family and my siblings live too far to come out for the holiday. So I wish I can move closer to them and maybe may Christmas a fun year finally Probably in five years I might move when my son goes to college.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
31 Oct 08
There is only 11 of our immediate family. Mother makes 12. I have 2 children, 6 grandchildren, a daughter/i/law, and us. We don't get together with my family anymore - too many kids in the bunch and they would come to Mother's just for what she gave out, and when she quit giving gifts or money, they quit coming. She said that was fine with her - she realized what they came for.
@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Oct 08
Usually hubby and I are together, alone. My daughter in law's birthday is Christmas,and they usually celebrate with her family. My daughter and her husband usually celebrate with his family. I claimed Thanksgiving for my family celebration long ago. Yes, we celebrate Christmas as both a religious and secular holiday. I usually had a cake that said "Joyous Jesus Birthday". I am more likely to go to Christmas Eve services now than when my kids were little.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I know it would be nice for you to have part of your family for Christmas at least one time. We use to celebrate with my husband's family on Christmas Eve and then go to my parents on Christmas Day. That has drastically changed. His parents are gone, my Dad is deceased, and my Mother is 91. She isn't up to a big crowd at the house, having to worry about kids running through and a big mess to clean up. So a few of us go on Christmas, but our immediate family has our Christmas get-together here at our house.
• Malaysia
31 Oct 08
25th December. The day I never forget each year. Haha....Christmas means a festival which bring a lot of joys and hapiness to not only me but everyone who celebrate it. Christmas also mean one of the most peaceful festival in my life as one of the Christmas songs named "Silent Night. Everyone is waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus and presents. Beside that, Chirstmas also mean the gathering of family and relative. Family members get together no matter where they are and come back home to celebrate. Christmas also mean I can have turkey and present.Yeah!! Haha...I love turkey and present very much. Can't wait for the day of 25th December to come!!! One more thing, Christmas also mean the birth of Jesus Christ...
@albern (59)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Christmas mean for me is i will be give gifts for my mother, father and my alot of frisnds these christmas is given for the people ho you like or you dont like the person that you have mike you peace in your heart these coming christmas is to celebration in our lover GOD that he give all peace in our earth. I celebrate my christmas the first is to give the person to peace and the second is to give the lord that we have the christmas that can mike me peace the third is the give your family or your frirnds for gifts that also my chrimastmas mean in my life hehehe....
• India
31 Oct 08
christmas bring me many of my memories on that day happened in my childhood. usually i haer the song "Last Christmas" so many times on taht day.. that all to say about it! as many are personal memories!
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Hi, Barb42. As i get older, i get more stressed out during christmas. this is because i have more responsibilities. now i have to plan out the christmas menu, i have to buy gifts for everyone, and i have to organize christmas parties... and because of this, christmas has become more meaningful. it's true that during christmas season i get really really tired because of the rush. but christmas has not lost its magic yet. have a nice day!
@empracht (45)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I grew up Christian but now am agnostic. However, I still go through all the traditional Christmas celebrating with my family and really look forward to it. I think it's a great way to bring family together and do kind things for each other. I also really enjoy going to midnight mass at church, lighting candles and singing hymns. It's a very soothing and spiritual experience.
• China
30 Oct 08
A period ,I means that a chance to play with friends. miss them and be missed.
• United States
30 Oct 08
I'll be honest, when I think of Christmas, I think of presents. Since I'm not religious, I don't see that aspect of it.
@vimaal (3365)
• India
30 Oct 08
Hi friend, christmas is a festival celebrate for birth of Jesus. ya my family celebrate the birth of jesus. take care have a nice day...
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
for me Christmas is for kids, it means giving and sharing blessings to children and also a gatherings of a family in remembering the birth of the savior Jesus Christ. It's a nice feeling when Christmas come.