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Alternative religions of the world duke it out
12th-Dec-2005 07:20 pm
Polar Bear
What winter holidays does everyone celebrate here? If you don't celebrate a "mainstream" holiday, do you care if people refer to specific holidays (ie, Merry Christmas, Christmas tree, etc.)?

There's been a lot of talk in the news about "holiday" verse "Christmas" in terms of what to call things. It seems like sucha trivial thing, but many individuals are making a big deal out of it. The politically correct thing, to be inclusive to all religions and holidays, is to say "Happy Holidays" and call a decorated tree a "holiday tree." Many Christians now feel that their rights are being taken away and that Christmas (and its meaning) is being diminished.

Now... let's hear some debate.
19th-Dec-2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
The meaning of Christmas has been diminished for years by the commercial world. Now that others religions are getting offended by Merry Christmas and Christians are offended by the lack of Merry Christmas is so ridiculous. I should be able to go up to whoever I want a wish them a Merry Christmas and they can reply with Happy Holidays. The whole thing is just a mess. Why don't people just stop being offended by 2 little words.

And, as for myself as an agnostic, I celebrate Christmas. I do not believe in the whole Christ tale, but I do believe in other aspects of Christmas such as peace on earth and good will to men (and presents). Heehee. Anyway, I think we should always have peace and good will but humans are born evil (in my opinion) so this simply can not be. Just like Valetine's Day (even if it is a Hallmark holiday) it's nice to have a special time to celebrate the one's you love. I guess I'm just kinda passive on the whole subject and don't get offended by much since I'm not religious. That is all.
22nd-Dec-2005 09:34 am (UTC) - Wishing a Joyous and/or Solemn Undefined Semi-Seasonal Secular and/or Spiritual Festivity To All!
I celebrate Christmas with my family, and Winter Solstice with my spiritual community. They both mean pretty much the same thing to me.. They are both holidays honoring birth, light, and hope, they just have different metaphors to describe it.

I generally wish people happy holidays, particularly if I don't know what religion they are... but I could really care less what kind of happy day people wish me, the point is that we're wishing each other happiness.. who cares what we're celebrating?

I call a Christmas tree, "a Christmas tree", despite the fact that "Yule tree" would probably be a better description since trees don't really have a lot to do with Christ... but for most of my life, I grew up in a home where Christmas was the only winter holiday celebrated (despite the fact that nobody in my immediate family was remotely Christian), so that's tends to be the one with a bigger emphasis, despite Solstice actually belonging to my religion.
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