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In America, 73% of Hindus, 76% of Buddhists, 80% of Atheists celebrate Christmas

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FDG

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#1 Nov 25, 2012
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/khyati-y-joshi/...
Is anyone surprised by these figures?
Steph

San Rafael, CA

#2 Nov 25, 2012
i'm not surprised. i'm non-religious, as is my family, but we "celebrate" Xmas to some degree. i think it's different for every family and it's all about tradition for mine. we "celebrate" Xmas as a way to tune in with family and share a nice meal together. it's low key and relatively stress free for us and we give thanks for togetherness. back when my grandmother was alive, we'd go to Xmas Eve service with her because it was important for her to have all her chicks lined up in the pew together. i gladly did this, but now that she's passed on, my family has it's own traditions....and thankfully it's mostly consumer-free.
My New Name

Lizemores, WV

#3 Nov 25, 2012
I'm surprised by the numbers. If the majority of Christians AND non- Christians are celebrating Christmas .... then why all the fuss about businesses saying Merry Christmas? Or schools having Christmas break?
Steph

San Rafael, CA

#4 Nov 25, 2012
My New Name wrote:
I'm surprised by the numbers. If the majority of Christians AND non- Christians are celebrating Christmas .... then why all the fuss about businesses saying Merry Christmas? Or schools having Christmas break?
i mostly hear a lot of "happy holidays" and "winter break."

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Warriormine, WV

#5 Nov 25, 2012
Christmas is so much fun! Everyone should celebrate!

FDG

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#6 Nov 26, 2012
Steph wrote:
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i mostly hear a lot of "happy holidays" and "winter break."
I have been hearing it a lot more lately. Honestly, I don't really care what they say. It doesn't offend me either way. I'm just glad they aren't a grump ass.
Steph

San Rafael, CA

#7 Nov 26, 2012
FDG wrote:
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I have been hearing it a lot more lately. Honestly, I don't really care what they say. It doesn't offend me either way. I'm just glad they aren't a grump ass.
yup...
My New Name

Lizemores, WV

#8 Nov 26, 2012
Steph wrote:
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i mostly hear a lot of "happy holidays" and "winter break."
Exactly.
My New Name

Lizemores, WV

#9 Nov 26, 2012
FDG wrote:
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I have been hearing it a lot more lately. Honestly, I don't really care what they say. It doesn't offend me either way. I'm just glad they aren't a grump ass.
If only more Atheists had your attitude.....

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Warriormine, WV

#10 Nov 26, 2012
My New Name wrote:
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If only more Atheists had your attitude.....
Apparently, 80% of Atheists have that attitude..
My New Name

Lizemores, WV

#11 Nov 26, 2012
Awesome_Steve_Monkey wrote:
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Apparently, 80% of Atheists have that attitude..
Apparently, 20% is enough to cause a fuss about "Merry Christmas".

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#12 Nov 26, 2012
Don't let those Atheists get you down - Go ahead and be as festive as you want to be and pay those less happy people no mind. Maybe they will see how much you are enjoying Christmas and be convinced to give it a try.

FDG

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#13 Nov 27, 2012
My New Name wrote:
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Apparently, 20% is enough to cause a fuss about "Merry Christmas".
Those are just the ones who care about the law and doing what was originally intended.

You can still say Merry Christmas whenever you want; no one is going to take you to jail.
Kelly

Pineville, WV

#14 Nov 27, 2012
Anyone that lives in this country is going to celebrate anything, as long as it means they can get a day off work..LOL.
My New Name

Powellton, WV

#15 Nov 27, 2012
Awesome_Steve_Monkey wrote:
Don't let those Atheists get you down - Go ahead and be as festive as you want to be and pay those less happy people no mind. Maybe they will see how much you are enjoying Christmas and be convinced to give it a try.
Thanks for the great advice, ASM. I'll try to do that.
My New Name

Powellton, WV

#16 Nov 27, 2012
FDG wrote:
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Those are just the ones who care about the law and doing what was originally intended.
You can still say Merry Christmas whenever you want; no one is going to take you to jail.
I think those are just the ones who care more about being ole grumps than upholding laws.
My New Name

Powellton, WV

#17 Nov 27, 2012
Kelly wrote:
Anyone that lives in this country is going to celebrate anything, as long as it means they can get a day off work..LOL.
Yeah, I bet that ole grumpy 20% still enjoy having the day off on Christmas.

FDG

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#18 Nov 27, 2012
My New Name wrote:
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I think those are just the ones who care more about being ole grumps than upholding laws.
I don't think so. Someone has to stand up for what was intended. I am glad they take the time to do so. I know it isn't popular with Christians, but it's still the right thing to do. I guess that is why you refer to them as grumps. In the end, it really doesn't matter though. We will always celebrate Xmas and have a break from school near the end of December. I have never been too overly concerned with what they call it as it does not affect me AT ALL.

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Warriormine, WV

#19 Nov 27, 2012
Oh, this is that argument about not saying "Christmas break" for school vacation time or not saying "Merry Christmas" in stores or on commercials, right? I do agree with FDG, promoting Christmas in public school or in business places is inappropriate - it alienates people and that's rude and selfish. But don't fret, those who are offended are at least used to it by now.

People who take responsibility for "the public" by providing services such as school or a place to shop have an obligation to be considerate to ALL of the public. If a person is bothered by Christmas because he is passionate about Hanuka, he would be annoyed and hurt if someone said "Merry Christmas" whenever he bought gas or groceries, never noticing or acknowledging that he intends to have a Super Hanuka instead. As you would have it, that person's child may come home from school with tales of Jesus and the virgin Mary while the other students in the class wonder why the child is so foolish that he wouldn't want to praise God and celebrate Christmas like they do. Those same classmates would graduate school clueless of the time when the Jews thought they would run out of oil, but they didn't.

But contrary to what you are insinuating, that Christmas is banned and being oppressed by the mean ol' Atheists: Christmas is in most places, you can find it all over, and it is especially all around you if you choose to make it so. Avoiding being offensive is as easy as switching out Holiday for Christmas - a simple way to acknowledge our differences - but you find it personally insulting: imagine this is how others sometimes feel when you keep telling them to have a Merry Christmas and it is their place to shut up about it if they don't have any intentions to do it.

Would you tell a person to have a Merry Christmas if you KNEW he disliked Christmas? ANY person in "public" could be THAT person.
My New Name

Powellton, WV

#20 Nov 28, 2012
FDG wrote:
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I don't think so. Someone has to stand up for what was intended. I am glad they take the time to do so. I know it isn't popular with Christians, but it's still the right thing to do. I guess that is why you refer to them as grumps. In the end, it really doesn't matter though. We will always celebrate Xmas and have a break from school near the end of December. I have never been too overly concerned with what they call it as it does not affect me AT ALL.
I dunno, FDG. Just seems to me that if Atheists want to take the time to "stand up" for something that there are other issues out there that could use their support. There are worse things happening in the world than people saying Merry Christmas and Christmas break.

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