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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.
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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