If you don't believe in GOD, why do y...

If you don't believe in GOD, why do you celebrate Christmas and Easter?

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Elf

Nashville, TN

#1 Dec 7, 2011
I just read this question on a friends Facebook page and it seems like a VERY good question!!!
Santa

Nashville, TN

#2 Dec 7, 2011
We must have the same friend cause I just read it 2! lol
Wow

United States

#3 Dec 7, 2011
People who don't believe in god don't celebrate religious holidays, unless its just a good time to get together with family.
Kratos

Brentwood, TN

#4 Dec 7, 2011
Even if you're not religious its still the best time to get together with family. Christmas is so commercialized these days though, ain't it?
ccc

Birmingham, AL

#5 Dec 7, 2011
If you don't belive in god, then you have no right to celebrate either; even if it is only to get together with the family.
its bs

United States

#6 Dec 7, 2011
why do u have to wait til the holidays to spend time with family? why not set aside one day a month every month and spend it with them instead of waiting and doing it twice a year?

Jesus is the reason for the season. He was born so he could die for our sins. and most of the people he died for are trying to get his name took out of christmas and instead of saying merry christmas it is happy holidays and instead of a christmas tree it is a holiday tree, and instead of christmas party it is a holiday party.

come on without Jesus being born we would not have a reason to celebrate any holiday. so why not thank God for giving his son to die for us so that we may have eternal life instead of trying to take him out of everything.

sorry but back to the question on family. we should feel for our family everyday the way we feel for them on holidays.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND GOD BLESS YOU
ignorant people

Nashville, TN

#7 Dec 7, 2011
I don't celebrate christmas or the birth of jesus. I celebrate Yule and the winter Solstice. Everybody has their own thing to celebrate, just because we're in the bible-belt doesn't necessarily mean it's christmas they celebrate. Most of the holidays just tend to coincide with each other. Christmas has no religious meaning behind it for me.
ignorant people

Nashville, TN

#8 Dec 7, 2011
Or, rather, no christian meaning behind it for me.
ccc

Philadelphia, MS

#9 Dec 7, 2011
No matter what you think, it does for most people. I don't wanna be rude, but its the truth. Why dosnt it have a religous meaning for you? I don't understand why you would celebrate the solstice;being it comes from god. If you don't belive in god, then you really cant worship anything, because he created it all.
ignorant people

Nashville, TN

#10 Dec 7, 2011
You're right, for most people it is indeed a celebration of Jesus Christ's birth, i was only saying that not everybody celebrates it as such. I corrected myself in saying it has no "christian" meaning behind it for me. People celebrated Yule for centuries before Christmas existed. Most religions have a holiday that is celebrated around the same time, be it Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or Ramadan, just to name a few. A lot of people celebrate it just for the commercialism too. For me, it all hinges on your own beliefs and what you have faith in.
I get it

Nashville, TN

#11 Dec 7, 2011
It has turned into commercial and about stories. Most children think Christmas comes from Santa and Easter comes from the Easter Bunny. I wouldn't be surprised if most adults have forgotten that Christmas is when Jesus was born and presents celebrate his birth. It is upsetting for Christians to hear people degrade such an important holiday that is of the Christian faith same as all the others that fall this month. Honestly it would be like Jewish people celebrating Christmas or Christians celebrating Hanukkah just because it's a fun time with the family. It is disrespectful to take Christ from a holiday that is the reason for the season.
Christmas is for everyone

Blacksburg, VA

#12 Dec 7, 2011
The way the story goes is, if Jesus was born on December 25th, that was the day the star shown in the sky and the 3 wise men set out to follow it. It took them 12 days to get there, and which means that the gifts would be presented on Jan 6th, The Day of Epiphany, not December 25th.

If anyone is going to say that a person should not celebrate a holiday, unless for its biblical content, they should be aware that the traditions of Christmas as historically incorrect based on Christianity itself.
ignorant people

Nashville, TN

#13 Dec 7, 2011
Christmas wasn't even a holiday until Emperor Constantine made it one when he adopted the Christian faith. It was phased din with other pagan celebrations when Rome went christian.
Wizard

Morristown, TN

#14 Dec 7, 2011
I think Christ should be kept in Christmas and that we should not forget his birth!! We don't need to take God out of things. I feel that he has been taken out enough of things already. And we as a whole has done it! I think everyone should celebrate Christmas and his birth and I hope everyone has a "Merry Christmas " and God Bless.....
Blank

Big Stone Gap, VA

#15 Dec 8, 2011
ccc wrote:
If you don't belive in god, then you have no right to celebrate either; even if it is only to get together with the family.
No "right"? Christmas is a combination of religious as well as pagan beliefs and even the Roman festival of Saturnia!! And it is not up to YOU to decide who has the "right" to celebrate anything!!
I get it

Nashville, TN

#16 Dec 8, 2011
If u have no belief at all why celebrate a holiday for when Christ was born? If people would just admit to theirself they do it for the gifts and make it about a story of Santa then we could get somewhere with this conversation. Arguing about all the facts of the bible and who knows more doesn't give a conclusion on why people celebrate it when they have no belief behind it. I believe giving in celebration of Christ is the true meaning of Christmas! When I feel Christmas spirit I feel Christ and peace. So to non believers, why do u celebrate Christmas?
Kratos

Brentwood, TN

#17 Dec 8, 2011
All in all I think this is a pretty good discussion. My hats off to you guys that are presenting your views in a civilized manner without the usual arguing, cursing, and empty threats. Ain't that what Christmas is really about? Its a time of year for old enemies to make peace, people to gather together in fellowship, and maybe make the world a better place if only for a little while. There was a time in more than one of our nation's wars that the troops that were trying to slaughter one another on the 24th celebrated Christmas together on the 25th and for one day the guns were silent. Whether or not they even know it even some of the people that don't believe in our Lord celebrate his birthday and honor him. I don't condemn anyone that doesn't believe in the exact same things I do and I don't try to hit people over the head with a Bible either. I try to set an example for people to follow and pray for the souls of those that don't. Merry Christmas to all!
Blank

Big Stone Gap, VA

#18 Dec 8, 2011
I get it wrote:
If u have no belief at all why celebrate a holiday for when Christ was born? If people would just admit to theirself they do it for the gifts and make it about a story of Santa then we could get somewhere with this conversation. Arguing about all the facts of the bible and who knows more doesn't give a conclusion on why people celebrate it when they have no belief behind it. I believe giving in celebration of Christ is the true meaning of Christmas! When I feel Christmas spirit I feel Christ and peace. So to non believers, why do u celebrate Christmas?
SO...only those who follow YOU beliefs are capable of feeling "peace?" Huh? As a Unitarian, i beleive that God "speaks" to each of us differently, and is NOT limited to a particular denomination or even a particular RELIGION!! And also, Jesus was NOT born on December 25th; he was probably born in March or April,and the secular aspects of Christmas began with Romans, and continued on through pagans, middle ages, and woreldwide with many different customs. If you belive Xmas is entirely a "relgious" holiday, you should familiarize yourself more with Xmas's history. And as a Unitarian, i believe that God's love is available to all if we just look inward and listen to it, and whether we put up a tree, go to church, make it a merry day, a solemn religious day, spread joy by giving a toy to a child or maybe a Christmas card to a senior citizen who is usually alone...these are all mainfestations of God. To me, to marginalize it by declaring a denominational monopoly on it is just wrong.
ignorant people

Nashville, TN

#19 Dec 8, 2011
These were exactly my points, that you don't have to beleive in God or jesus to celebrate Christmas, it's not a christian exclusive holiday.
Christmas is for everyone

Blacksburg, VA

#20 Dec 8, 2011
I get it wrote:
If u have no belief at all why celebrate a holiday for when Christ was born? If people would just admit to theirself they do it for the gifts and make it about a story of Santa then we could get somewhere with this conversation. Arguing about all the facts of the bible and who knows more doesn't give a conclusion on why people celebrate it when they have no belief behind it. I believe giving in celebration of Christ is the true meaning of Christmas! When I feel Christmas spirit I feel Christ and peace. So to non believers, why do u celebrate Christmas?
I celebrate Christmas and I do have a belief behind it. I believe its a time honored tradition, of family, friends, seeing my grandchildren smiling and laughing, as they open their gifts that I lovingly picked out, bought, wrapped and presented to them. I celebrate Christmas, for its magic and music, for the stories around the dinner table that we share with our family and friends. I celebrate Christmas, with my family and friends because they are what is important to me. If Christmas, for whatever reason you celebrate it makes your world around you happy, then that is what matters.

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