Should non-Christian people celebrate Christmas?

@fsll518 (304)
China
December 23, 2009 1:18am CST
Nowadays, almost everybody celebrate Christams Day. However, Chrismas is a religious holiday, that is to celebrate the born of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Obviously, that has great significance to Christian people. In modern time, most people, even non-Christian people take it as a great holiday? Is it a really good phenomena? Or only Christian people should celebrate it? If a religious holiday becomes very commerical, that's not a good trend, is it?
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@apgh09 (514)
• United States
23 Dec 09
hi, christmas is cool for christains to celebrate but personally I feel that there are some discrepancies as to when Jesus was born, people going around celebrating something that in not completely accurate it's like a worldwide brain washing. I feel that even though this holiday is supposed to be based on good and giving and love, it also has become on of the biggest price tags of the year. people worrying about gifts and spending all there money, and stuff that has nothing to do with Jesus being born. I think people should be have this so called christmas spirit 365 days a year not just one day. I am not anti christain but I do feel that this holiday is being forced down everyone;s throats I feel that people who want to celebrate this holiday that is fine but there are other just as important holidays that should be recognized around this time to. Like haunika, and kwanzzaa
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
Yes, actually any day can be special, and people should be good 365 days a year, not only on a certain day. If the day is not of much religious significance, then all people should enjoy it as a purely good time :) Merry Christmas!
@dipak06 (913)
• India
23 Dec 09
why not???Jesus Christ is for all and as a non Christian i just love to celebrate this beautiful day at the end of a life...i think it is also a pride for the Christians that everybody loves their celebration and enjoys this very particular day
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
It is a good thing and more people are enjoying the day, but if they just take it as a time of secular celebration, then it doesn't do any good to Christian religion. I thought at least shouls mention about why Christians take it special... even that would make goose bump to some people :P Merry Christmas.
• India
23 Dec 09
What a silly question. My daughter who studied in a Missionary school, always used to hang a beautiful star, in front of our house, and when she was young she also used to have a small Christmas tree. She has also acted in so many plays, where she either used to be one of the three wise men or as the Virgin Mary. We have gone and enjoyed the plays with the other Christian families.If you were the principal of the school, I think you would have asked only a christian girl to act as Virgin Mary. Today every festival has become very commercial. Even our main festival deepavalli, has been completely transformed, and it is more of a holiday rather than a religious holiday.
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
Yes, in some way, that is a silly question. I wish everybody can enjoy the great holiday, but just a little sad when it is becoming 100% secular. If that's just way it is, then no more doubt and worry. Merry Christmas!
• Hong Kong
23 Dec 09
Hi fsll518, I do not see any harm when every one celebrate Christmas. It is a time to feel the joy of the world, as Jesus, our Savior, was born. Christmas is not just a religious holiday but also a western cultural festival, seasonal holidays that many people would like to enjoy. There is no conflict with the Christian who celebrate Christmas in their religious way. Just like Halloween, Christian originally are forbiden to celebrate that festival, as it belongs to another religion which the old Christian church said it is evil. However, nowadays many christian enjoy participating in the Halloween parties and their children also playing "trick or treat" with their neighbours, getting lots of candies. It has nothing related to that particular religion. The world is changing and the way of looking at things is changed too. As a result, the meaning of things comes differently. It depends on how to look at it. Sometimes too much boundaries could cause more evil things. In the business world, anything could be a chance for earning money. Whether those christian festivals, like Christmas, Easter are going to be too commercial or not, I think it is always a supply and demand concept. There is no right or wrong, good or bad in this issue, I believe. Just like those pretty presented bibles nowadays, are they being too commercial to attract customers? If you see it another way, it comes closer to the real world, to the real people. The more people like it, the more people buy it, the more people will look at it, the more people will feel it. Decorations during Christmas time, big meals, Christmas parties which give people a chance to relax and meet their friends and relatives. It has its advantages. It is a way to share our joy and to love our friends, relatives and family members. I hope that peace and happiness would always be there with people on earth. Wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! agonyaunt69 (5:43pm 23 Dec 2009, Hong Kong time)
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
I am not oppose about people's celebration about that. Just was wondering if Christian people would be sad that people celebrate the special day without focusing on the religious aspect. Seems people have mutual understanding that the commercialization of the holiday is a trend. No matter how they take it, if only everybody can have good time, then no need to focus on the religious meaning. Like other holidays, religious and secular are not so clear cut now. Thanks for response. Wish you Merry Christmas too!
@Genericbe (1378)
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
Yes, irregardless of the religion and race. Those people even non-christian who want to celebrate Christmas should not be deprived. Maybe they have their own reason for that matter. I agree that holiday season is commercial already, and it gives big money earnings. But no matter how it is, the Essence of Christmas spirit is celebrated. What is good about it, is though different religions they see, still they are united to celebrate Christmas in one spirit. Christmas is for all. It is giving for all. No discrimination. AS long every family is happy, the community. Then, let them be happy for what they enjoy.
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
I see. Then maybe that's just the way it is. The day just has 2 significance, religious and secular. People all can have fun with their own reasons, no need to emphaisze on certain aspect. Everybody gets happy, that's why Christmas is popular. Thanks for response, merry Christmas!
• India
23 Dec 09
depends upon people to people thinking..i pesonally do it.
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
If people are doing that, then seems all are ok with that. Religious or not, some people are sensative, others are not. So, enjoy it and have fun! Merry Christmas.
@nautilus33 (1831)
23 Dec 09
Yes, why not! If they want to celebrate it they can, but it is a little bit strange, because it is a Christian holiday
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
Yes, if people wants to have fun, then they surely are free to do that any day. If only people are not sensitive about the religious significance, then it should be ok. Enjoy good time there. Merry Christmas.
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
I think because of all the different beliefs I think so long as the celebration brings love and peacfe with it then it is doing what it should do heaven knows this world could do with as much as possible.
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
Yes, all the religions are proposing they can bring good things to people. Then Christmas is bringing good feeling to people, so let's enjoy! Merry Christmas.
@th52096 (469)
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
I believe everyone should be able to celebrate Christmas! Seriously! Don't be selfish and share the holiday of good will and happiness! :D Actually not to be a kill joy or anything but, Christmas was not the day when Christ was born. I believe he was born sometime around spring. In the old time I mean really old times before Christmas.. Christmas used to be a pagan holiday, it was the celebration of Winter Solstice. Which is the celebration of Nature and the New Growing Season. Christians however covered this holiday up with legends and such as to get new and more converts. The Above is what I believe and is my opinion. I do not intend to insult. I'm actually catholic and then turned atheist and is now going back to catholic or cristian. I celebrate Christmas! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!! :D
@fsll518 (304)
• China
23 Dec 09
Yes, I agree that even religious people should share happiness to those non religious. That's a good way to glorify their belief. I also heard from some JWs that the Savior was born not on 25th, Dec. In that case, Christmas is just a secular holiday, then everybody should celebrate! Thanks for response, Merry Christmas!
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
24 Dec 09
Well, I think that because it is a federal holiday and is celebrated by so many whether christian or not then it should just be left alone and let it be a season of loving everyone. Many business's shut down and employees don't have to work because it is Christmas...it matters not whether they are Christian or not...they lose a day's pay. For many it is a celebration of Christ's birth and for other's it it is a celebration of family and friends. It is not good that it is so commercial but you don't have to buy into the commercialism. It is a religious holiday for those who are religious but it is also a holiday for many who are not religious. I don't know why but it has been that way for as long as I can remember. Easter is pretty much the same. You have to create your own traditions. As long as everyone is having a good time then it can't be bad, right?
• India
24 Dec 09
I come across this point even by Christian members here that Christmas has become rather a commercial exercise than a religious celebration…but I don’t see anything wrong in that! If indeed there is a lot of buying and selling during this particular week, a lot many people are getting benefitted too! people are getting opportunity to earn some extra money by selling odd items, the shops are doing good business and in general its helping the economy…whoever doesn’t believe in buying gifts or cant afford to, they can of course not buy! And as far as Christians are concerned, well the religious will always seek the blessings and teachings of Jesus even in all this humdrum! As for myself, well I am a Hindu but that has never stopped me or any of my known persons to go ahead and celebrate the holiday season with aplomb! We of course don’t go to churches or anything but we just have fun and soak in the atmosphere and look forward to another new year with the blessings of Jesus and all the Lords up there LOL
@Helenhe (19)
• China
24 Dec 09
I am agree with you that non-christian people should not take Christmas as a great day.
• India
24 Dec 09
do u celebrate eid ul zuha or eid ul fitr?? do u celebrate depawli/holi? do u celebtrate other festivals??? so y non christians should celebrate christmas?? as a matter of fact christmas,valentines day..these 2 festivals are so commercialised that every body starts partying and in a different way feel associated to christmas...or valentines day???...like santa clause..??? this figure is so caoomercialised that ppl are sending there brands in the name of santa or christmas... im a muslim i dont celebrate christmas..i hope my answer is clear...im neutral to christmas..it dosent affect me..
@lilgold (89)
• United States
24 Dec 09
Christmas is meant for the whole world so yea i guess you can
• Australia
24 Dec 09
People should celebrate Christmas because it is a season where families can be together. You don't need to be a Christian to want to spend time wth your loved ones right? =)
@MultiGod (86)
• Indonesia
23 Dec 09
I think it's okay to celebrate them. Christmas nowadays is influenced by those "Santa here, Santa there". I'm a Christian, and I never wanted to celebrate Christmas. What's the point? Why the hell do we trade gives anyway? That has nothing to do with the Birth of Jesus. But, I still think it's okay for non-Christians to celebrate Christmas. I think it's a chance for a family to reunite to form a better relation.
@PSmith721 (287)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Everyone is able to celebrate what they want. My brother's family is this way. They basically celebrate the with a tree, presents and Santa. There is no mention of Christ and all of the things that actually come with the holiday itself. I used to be bothered by this, but I found it is easier to just go around the subject. It was the same at other Christian holidays, such as Easter. Only a bunny is talked about at the table. To answer your question, no, the trend any more is to take God out of all things. He is gone from our schools and they want to take him out of our country! Let's try and get Him back where He belongs! Merry Christmas!!
@benny128 (3621)
23 Dec 09
heck yeah why not lol, jesus wasn't born on the 25th so if christians are celebrating the birth then they got the dates wrong he he he as I believe that the 25th is not the birth date of jesus. I was brought up as a christian but am not an acting christian because there is nothing out there to actually prove to me the existance of a god etc etc but that is a different discussion. I celebrate xmas as I do bon-fire night, or halloween or easter wher the easter buny comes lol, every holiday is now commercialised and we only have our-selves to blame the shops are only re-acting to a need, how many of us buy loads of gifts how many of us send xmas cards or buy a xmas tree or buy decorations etc etc if people complain that xmas is too commercialised then we are all to blame for that am afraid. Xmas is a magical time of the year simply because all faiths merge into one families make that bit extra effort to have a few days as a family unit etc etc
• India
23 Dec 09
Nowadays, anyone who supports peace belongs to any religion, because thats what all the religions have to say! So, doesn't matter what religion you are, you can celebrate any festival with great joy and brotherhood. Especially christmas because that lies near to new year and also children are overjoyed due to the new gifts and other stuff they get