What does Christmas mean to you?

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karelina
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For me it is a chance to eat and drink to excess and enjoy sensual delights I don't usually allow myself as it's too expensive and I would be overweight. I also do not like being drunk often or see the point of it, so it's almost a novel sensual experience for me to get drunk - although I haven't yet this xmas. I see it as a purging of excess desires which once indulged in you have a surfeit which makes you feel you don't want to overdo it again for another year. So it gets it out your system.

I don't see it as a chance to see family, because I see people I care about anyway not just a Christmas...that sounds more like you don't care if you only see them then. I am not religious so don't care about the apparent birth of Christ which is not said anywhere in the Bible that it was 25th December anyway. I don't care for some kind of Dickensian Christmas spirit of milk and honey, as Dickens was a bleak b*stard who thought everyone has their place some above some below, and that's the end of it and all he hoped was the authoritarians would be a bit kinder. Not exactly a visionary or radical was he.

Anyway, sorry for all that. Just wondering what does it actually mean to you, if anything?
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so Christmas ( as you can see from the name ) is the feast day marking the birth of Our Lord. Jesus Christ was born on this day in Israel 2019 years ago.
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Do you not celebrate Christmas? Just curious.
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so Christmas ( as you can see from the name ) is the feast day marking the birth of Our Lord. Jesus Christ was born on this day in Israel 2019 years ago.
A feast period for sure, beginning 24th December ending at the beginning of January. If you feel it's the birth of Jesus that's cool, but it's not my belief.
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so Christmas ( as you can see from the name ) is the feast day marking the birth of Our Lord. Jesus Christ was born on this day in Israel 2019 years ago.
I just asked Siri and she told me that Jesus was born in 2 B.C :confused:
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Do you not celebrate Christmas? Just curious.
no, I don't celebrate
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Cooking with nicer than usual incredients.
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I just asked Siri and she told me that Jesus was born in 2 B.C :confused:
Siri is a minion of Satan
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Siri is a minion of Satan
That explains a lot.
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The birth of humanity’s saviour Jesus Christ

(Yes I know he wasn’t literally born on 25th December but it’s the remembrance that counts)
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Yes Christmas means alot to me.
A time to be with your family and spend some quality time. Eating, drinking, and generally catching up and making up for lost time.
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Presents. And lots of em'
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Christmas is too commercialised. It is about the simple birth of Jesus, love and family. This is why I love getting together with my kids over Christmas. We haven’t bought each other expensive presents either.
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Time to get the Christmas tree out and an excuse to catch up with people I haven't spoken to for a long time after messaging to say "Merry Christmas".
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Christmas is too commercialised. It is about the simple birth of Jesus, love and family. This is why I love getting together with my kids over Christmas. We haven’t bought each other expensive presents either.
Doesn't say that in the Bible though does it. 25th December is a date which coincides with other winter pagan festivals, so it was hodgepodged together with them.
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It’s a period when almost everyone has a few days off work/uni/school etc. so it’s the best opportunity for family members, many of whom are dispersed all over the place in different cities and countries, to go back “home” in the knowledge that all their relatives will be there at the same time.

So that’s what it means to me: a convenient time to get together with my extended family. We often have our annual ski trip around then as well. I suppose other families will have other traditions.

The festivities are also nice e.g. Christmas/winter themed films on TV, songs in the charts, sales in the shops and holiday activities available etc. but I tend to take them in more passively. I’m not celebrating anything in particular.
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Couldn't give a hoot about the religious aspect

It is one time of year where all the lads are back in once place for a week, and we all get together and get pissed and have a meal or two. So that's why I like it
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Doesn't say that in the Bible though does it. 25th December is a date which coincides with other winter pagan festivals, so it was hodgepodged together with them.
Jesus is a typical Capricorn, so his birthdate of 25th December is accurate.

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Jesus is a typical Capricorn, so his birthdate of 25th December is accurate.

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I am sure you will agree, the bear that it's not about the accuracy of Jesus's birth date. Christmas is about the humble birth of someone amazing, who made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and thought we were worth it (even though we're not).
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