Should none-Christians Celebrate Christmas and Easter?

December 3, 2006 6:56pm CST
True that once, probably well over a century ago now, christianity was the main religion in England and the majority of people went to church on a sunday. However times have changed no and we are really multi cultural with many different religions. However everybody stills seems to celebrate Christmas and Easter, christian or not. I mean what about those who celebrate Divali? they dont get a two week vacation from school or uni, or time off work, this doesnt seem fair. And those who celebrate christmas and easter without the religious side...does christmas not loose a purpose?
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• United States
4 Dec 06
well Honestly Christmas and Easter before they were reformed as a christian Holiday by the Catholic Church, were holidays only for pagans non christians..so really we christians are the ones using the pagan traditions to celebrate our God..seriously research it... I hate the fact too because God said not to use rituals and traditions of pagans to worship him and he also said and in vain do they worship me. scripturally speaking.
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• United States
6 Dec 06
The origin of Christmas and all the traditions - Christmas is celebrated around the world.  Every country and culture is putting it's own spin on this pagan holiday.  Christians should not partake.  Christians....do you homework!!
EXCELLENT! It is a shame that Christians practice things in ignorance. We are lazy and go to church to be spoon-fed. The scriptures say, we are satisfied with milk when we should be eating meat! Here are just two links to research the origin of Christmas. The encyclopedia is another good source!http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm http://www.ritualabusefree.org/Pagan%20Origin%20of%20Christmas.htm~~~Max
@caramello (4379)
• Australia
4 Dec 06
Christmas for me is being around my family, and catching up with special friends, and to me Christmas does not lose a purpose, whether religious or not!
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@lilmissy (481)
• United States
4 Dec 06
exctly what i ws gonna say , i so agree with someone for once
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• United States
4 Dec 06
Christmas has become more of a family-oriented event than a religious holiday in this day and age. Mostly because people now-a-days are more materialistic, so Christmas is all about the goods.
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• India
4 Dec 06
precisely, you shouldn't treat it as a religion oriented festival. It's the time to spend time with family and rejoice :)
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• United States
4 Dec 06
Christmas is probably the most famous and popular holiday in the world. Christmas is Jesus Christ's birthday, yeah that is true, but that doesn't mean only christians can celebrate it. Everyone has their own definition or meaning for christmas. To me, christmas is all about fun. I get a 3 week vacation, i don't have to go to school to do homework and projects and listen to boring lectures. It always snows on Christmas, and i love snow, i can have snowball fights or i can build a big fat snowman :D I get lots of presents from relatives and friends, i am always happy on christmas. That's just me, everyone does different things for christmas. Some people just sleep at home and enjoy their vacation by sleeping...some people would go on a trip...it's up to you to decide what to do on christmas. you can celebrate or you don't.
• United States
4 Dec 06
It's their choice :-\ I don't even know what Divali is.
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@chiyosan (30207)
• Philippines
4 Dec 06
Its not that they should not celebrate it. we even celebrate heroes day right? might as well do the same thing for Christ. even if they are non believers, they can celebrate with the world who does.
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• United States
4 Dec 06
I think it's up to the individual. christmas and easter may be still celebrated by non-christians because it may have become a tradition to them. as far as getting time off from work, it's becoming less and less common these days with the US becoming very multi-cultural. good point though!
• Malaysia
4 Dec 06
It highly depends, and why cant non-christins celebrate christmast and easter? If you are a christian and will you celebrate when there is some non-christian festival? It can be the best time for some people to meet their friends or family member who do not meet daily or often, this also one way to increase relationship isnt it? the best thing is i can have my extra holiday -.-''
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• India
4 Dec 06
Christmas or whatever festival it does not matter, what matters is the celebration and the happiness that it brings forth. In the modern context these festivals have lost the relgious relanvance that it used to have in the past, but these festivals are good because at least they just divert us from the boredom of daily life and gives us an opportunity to forget all our worries and enjoy the occassion with our family and friends.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Personally, I think it's a little bit hypocritical to celebrate Christmas if you are not Christian.
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• United Kingdom
4 Dec 06
I don't think it's hypocritical unless the non-Christians are actually doing the whole nativity and going to church type stuff. It may be hypocritical to use the word Christmas but that has become the accepted term for the time of year even though many other things are also celebrated.
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4 Dec 06
The percentages of religon as of 2000 in England are as follows: Christian 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%,other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% So everybody still seems to celebrate Christmas because 71.6% of the English are Christians, we're not as multi-cutural as we think. Last time I checked you had to book time off for Christmas too when working and you're not 'given' time off P{I've been self-employed for a long while now). In terms of Schools and holidays, the 'Christmas Holiday' if I remember correctly is 'half-term'. Divali usually falls nearing the end of the October half term.
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4 Dec 06
Maybe Christmas is full-term considering the October one is half-term.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I think the reality of the situation is that the PC term "holiday" is more accurate to what people actually do than "Christmas." I'm not personally a Christian, but people in my family are--we still celebrate, but are we actually celebrating the birth of Christ? No, because as any theology scholar can tell you, Christ was born in the spring. What we're actually celebrating is the organized and socially acceptable time of year to see family we never see, and probably don't want to see. Alas, that tradition is as it is. As for Easter, our family doesn't recognize easter. Those of us that are of alternate religions to Christianity have more or less accepted that the Christian holy days are the days we have off, and we celebrate our own days as best we can. Is it fair? Hardly, but such is our reality.
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• Italy
4 Dec 06
I'd like to answer to your question: Christmas date comes from an ancient pagan celebration of the Sun, and this date has been conventionally chosen to celebrate Christ birth. Hence, yes, we celebrate a conventional date of Christ birth.
@carradee (91)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I am a Christian, and I don't celebrate Christmas because of all the secular commercialism of it, as well as it not being a holiday required by Scripture. My family decided to stop celebrating Christmas some years ago because its purpose became nothing but giving & getting gifts. We do celebrate Christ's resurrection, though, with Easter. No bunnies, chicks or eggs, though, which stem from a pagan fertility ritual.
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• Italy
4 Dec 06
I don't understand how you can choose to not celebrating Jesus birth if you are Christian. Don't you go to church at Christmas? You could celebrate it in a religious way only, without gifts.
5 Dec 06
Yeah I think they should. I've been Christened but I'm not religious. For me Christmas is about spending time with the family - all of us together. We all give and recieve presents and sit round the table and have all the trimmings. It's nice to do something all together.
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@skyblade (482)
• United States
4 Dec 06
These holidays mean different things to different people. For Christians, they hold a religious conotation and they may participate in a religious ritual in order to celebrate the holidays. For others, its very much a secular thing, where its more about family and time off work, than a religious/spiritual thing. I think people should celebrate it if they want to and don't if they don't. Simple.
@pumpkinjam (7783)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 06
Well, considering that Easter and Christms were based on Pagan beliefs in the first place, I'd ask if it's right that Christians celebrate them? But saying that, I personally don't actually celebrate Easter and I think Christmas is now only a word and the actual time of year means different things for different people, for most non-Christians it is simply a time for family gatherings, etc. it just happens to be that the word Christmas has now been adopted as a standard term for the particular time of year.
@volschenkh (1043)
• South Africa
4 Dec 06
Even if they do not believe in Christ like Christians do, and if they only want to spend the day with their loved ones, I still think that the collective efort by the human race to appreciate life and re-appreciate you loved ones on that day, has some significant spiritual undertones. This to me also has the makings of a modern miracle! Evidence maybe that there is some higher power working in on all of us, if we want to believe it or not!
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@chukwudi (1100)
• Nigeria
4 Dec 06
christmas and easter is the ocassion for all ,whether you are a christain or not ,its celebration gallore
• India
4 Dec 06
Why not...anyone can celebrate any festival! In India we live in a multi-religious environment, so we tend to celebrate all the religious festivals as one bretheren. I beleive that, religions are many, but God is one. So paths are many, the Goal is one! All religions.....just help us reach that goal. So anyone can celebrate any festival!! Good Luck to you all!
• India
4 Dec 06
This wat indians are best they give government equal to diwali and christmas,in india all are celebrating diwali if he is muslim or christian so like there wer others celebrate christmas,it nothing worry but government should consider the fact in mind.
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@pendragon (3351)
• United States
4 Dec 06
They have become celebrations of renewal and joy, they have a religious base, but I believe anyone can enjoy anything, there are diverse ways to enjoy theseholidays, you can apint eggs OR got to church, feel the Christmas glow without going to church, I say it's open to anyone.
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