Do you celebrate Christmas?

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Do you celebrate Christmas?

Yes
27
66%
No
12
29%
On Occasion
2
5%
 
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Do you celebrate Christmas?

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Just interested to see how many do. I myself do but only because the rest of my family does
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Greetings Craig,

Same here... first with my parents and then with 'my own family', it's an atheist celebration of the presents and Santa variety.

Peace and good-will to all men is a good message though... and doesn't need Christian backing for support.

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I only celebrate as the same reason as you. It's time to spend with family. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't celebrate it at all.
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I've acknowledged Winter Solstice for many decades, usually with a gathering of friends - this is what was celebrated long before christianity expropriated it.
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Since my mother died I don't celebrate Christmas I'm happy to say. I politely refuse invitations, light some candles and incense and have my special Christmas dinner of egg, chips and mayonnaise, and a nice cup of tea, in delightful peace and quiet without trees and decorations, the awful smell of cooking meat and the sound of bizarre TV programmes ! Heaven.

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We do in my home and family, I enjoy it.
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I love Christmas. Music, foods, presents,Christmas tv, and much more. I just think it is lots of fun!
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I chose on occasion. If there are people to celebrate it with then I do it with them. But since I am by myself, I don't celebrate it much.
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Yes I celebrate it for the same reasons as Retro gave.
Its also fun.

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An opportunity to have fun with the ones I love, respect and cherish? Yeah, of course! Not too fussed about the exchanging of gifts though; we just get together and enjoy each other's company.
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I've always struggled to get into the spirit of Christmas, but I've always tried. The whole 'family thing' seems like a really good idea. As a family we've always celebrated Christmas as a secular event.

The thought just occured to me, what would I (or you) do if Christmas Day was an Uposatha Day? Sounds perfect to me, a day focused on metta without the frills that I can neither abide nor afford :)
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Ajahn Chah was a great advocate of the ( appropriate ) celebration of Christmas.
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Sanghamitta wrote:Ajahn Chah was a great advocate of the ( appropriate ) celebration of Christmas.
I have a photo of him with a bunch of Western monks with a Xmas Buddha-bush. I'll scan it and upload here.
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I gather that the first year he suggested that the monastary had a Christmas tree it caused quite a stir.
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I love X mas. However, this year I have (paying) guests over X mas, I hesitated to have my sleep peace and rest disturbed, but I need the money.

So, I' have mixed emotions.

But X mas is fine with me.
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