How would you survive without Christmas?

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    Dec 24, 2015 6:06 PM GMT
    It's a big Holiday and always fun. Everyone gathers around for family activities and gifts. Even my good Jewish friends enjoy a Christmas tree and exchange gifts.

    So what's up with others who disallow Christmas??? It seems in some countries you can't even put a Christmas tree up! What gives?? They have freedoms to celebrate their traditions. Do you think others should be free to have a religious Holiday and be free to do so?

    My point is in defence of Christmas.

    Merry CHristmas!!

    Somalia bans Christmas, New Year celebrations

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/12/24/somalia-bans-christmas-new-year-celebrations/77874208/
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    Dec 24, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    I'd do ok but I'd find something to celebrate. Throughout human history man has celebrated this time of year.
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    Dec 24, 2015 9:23 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said... Throughout human history man has celebrated this time of year
    yes the solstice.
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    Dec 24, 2015 9:26 PM GMT
    its a Christmas full moon

    The last time a full moon appeared on Christmas Day, Han Solo and Chewbacca were fighting Stormtroopers in “Star Wars.”

    1977
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    Dec 24, 2015 9:48 PM GMT
    well done
  • tazzari

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    Dec 24, 2015 9:52 PM GMT

    Better question: how to survive Christmas?

    Drink heavily and avoid the family. If the family is encountered, drink more heavily.

    If uncle Ed starts in on how the NRA and Trump are going to save the country 1) throw up, or 2) leave.
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    Dec 24, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    tazzari said
    Better question: how to survive Christmas?

    Drink heavily and avoid the family. If the family is encountered, drink more heavily.

    If uncle Ed starts in on how the NRA and Trump are going to save the country 1) throw up, or 2) leave.


    It's not about politicians. Can you think of anything besides that????

  • Webster666

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    Dec 24, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    Of course, anybody should be allowed to celebrate anything they want, any way they want, as long as it isn't harming anyone else.

    Happy Festivus !
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    Dec 25, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
    Given how many people don't celebrate Christmas it seems very easy to survive without it.
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    Dec 25, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
    I could survive a lot better without it. Imagine if office workers were actually working in December, and like, paying invoices and shit. icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 25, 2015 12:20 AM GMT
    MrFuscle saidGiven how many people don't celebrate Christmas it seems very easy to survive without it.


    Sad,

    The thing we need most is what the Angels declared.....

    Peace on Earth, good will towards men......◄ Luke 2:14 ►

    The Shepherds and Angels
    …13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." 15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."…
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    Dec 25, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
    2Bnaked said
    MrFuscle saidGiven how many people don't celebrate Christmas it seems very easy to survive without it.


    Sad,

    The thing we need most is what the Angels declared.....

    Peace on Earth, good will towards men......◄ Luke 2:14 ►

    The Shepherds and Angels
    …13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." 15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."…


    Not everyone is a Christian. There are many other valid beliefs, including atheism.
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    Dec 25, 2015 12:40 AM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    2Bnaked said
    MrFuscle saidGiven how many people don't celebrate Christmas it seems very easy to survive without it.


    Sad,

    The thing we need most is what the Angels declared.....

    Peace on Earth, good will towards men......◄ Luke 2:14 ►

    The Shepherds and Angels
    …13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." 15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."…


    Not everyone is a Christian. There are many other valid beliefs, including atheism.


    Of course! I respect that. That's why I posted this for people who do believe. Don't you? You can believe any way you wish. I am just glad for all my great traditions.
  • jjguy05

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    Dec 25, 2015 8:29 PM GMT
    2Bnaked saidIt's a big Holiday and always fun. Everyone gathers around for family activities and gifts. Even my good Jewish friends enjoy a Christmas tree and exchange gifts.

    So what's up with others who disallow Christmas??? It seems in some countries you can't even put a Christmas tree up! What gives?? They have freedoms to celebrate their traditions. Do you think others should be free to have a religious Holiday and be free to do so?

    My point is in defence of Christmas.

    Merry CHristmas!!

    Somalia bans Christmas, New Year celebrations

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/12/24/somalia-bans-christmas-new-year-celebrations/77874208/


    How do you survive without Diwali or Chinese Lunar New Year?
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Dec 25, 2015 9:52 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidI'd do ok but I'd find something to celebrate. Throughout human history man has celebrated this time of year.


    For me, something very important would be missing. I would have to find something to commemorate. For those who don't celebrate Christmas, just remember my fellow New Orleanians, Twelfth Night and the Phunny Phorty Phellows announce, as they ride the streetcar along St. Charles Ave., the beginning of the pre-Lenten celebration, Carnival. Ya just gotta celebrate!
  • FredMG

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    Dec 25, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    I don't often celebrate Christmas - as much because I'm a Pagan (and the because of that is a whole different story) as because my "christian family" forgets things, like my address, my phone number and forgets that even though I find they're homophobic and bigoted questions insulting (though they've gotten a little better each year), I really think it's just easier for them to "forget" to invite me.

    The other part of the reason that I don't celebrate Christmas is because I worked retail for years, and the abuse dished out at the hands of customers panicked by not being able to find the perfect gift and not leaving the store on christmas eve, really ruined any christmas spirit that I had left.

    So, these days the weekend before Yule, I put up a tree, with lots of lights, some inherited ornaments (to remind me of the joy I used to associate with Christmas and family), and, no real representation of christ or christianity to remind me of the exclusion and forgetfulness of others at christmas.

    Over the years, especially when I was in the navy, and on sea duty, and usually deployed for christmas, family would forget to send cards or gifts early enough for it to arrive for christmas (or arrive at all), so that may have been where it all started.

    Every year that I'm forgotten and excluded from christmas makes it easier to pass, it becomes less painful, and the meaning has largely drained out of it. I do wish a merry christmas to those who celebrate it, thank those who wish it upon me, but it's been so long that I've had a "Merry Christmas" it's just an empty sentiment.
  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    Dec 25, 2015 11:03 PM GMT
    "How would you survive without Christmas?"

    VERY easily, I assure you.
  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    Dec 25, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI could survive a lot better without it. Imagine if office workers were actually working in December, and like, paying invoices and shit. icon_mad.gif


    LOL@mindgarden!!
  • Apparition

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    Dec 26, 2015 1:02 AM GMT
    eventually i would have to go commando if there were no more xmas.

    let the muslims have their fun in their little hellhole countries.
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    Dec 26, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
    FredMG saidI don't often celebrate Christmas - as much because I'm a Pagan (and the because of that is a whole different story) as because my "christian family" forgets things, like my address, my phone number and forgets that even though I find they're homophobic and bigoted questions insulting (though they've gotten a little better each year), I really think it's just easier for them to "forget" to invite me.

    The other part of the reason that I don't celebrate Christmas is because I worked retail for years, and the abuse dished out at the hands of customers panicked by not being able to find the perfect gift and not leaving the store on christmas eve, really ruined any christmas spirit that I had left.

    So, these days the weekend before Yule, I put up a tree, with lots of lights, some inherited ornaments (to remind me of the joy I used to associate with Christmas and family), and, no real representation of christ or christianity to remind me of the exclusion and forgetfulness of others at christmas.

    Over the years, especially when I was in the navy, and on sea duty, and usually deployed for christmas, family would forget to send cards or gifts early enough for it to arrive for christmas (or arrive at all), so that may have been where it all started.

    Every year that I'm forgotten and excluded from christmas makes it easier to pass, it becomes less painful, and the meaning has largely drained out of it. I do wish a merry christmas to those who celebrate it, thank those who wish it upon me, but it's been so long that I've had a "Merry Christmas" it's just an empty sentiment.



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    Dec 26, 2015 3:54 AM GMT
    FredMG saidI don't often celebrate Christmas - as much because I'm a Pagan (and the because of that is a whole different story) as because my "christian family" forgets things, like my address, my phone number and forgets that even though I find they're homophobic and bigoted questions insulting (though they've gotten a little better each year), I really think it's just easier for them to "forget" to invite me.

    The other part of the reason that I don't celebrate Christmas is because I worked retail for years, and the abuse dished out at the hands of customers panicked by not being able to find the perfect gift and not leaving the store on christmas eve, really ruined any christmas spirit that I had left.

    So, these days the weekend before Yule, I put up a tree, with lots of lights, some inherited ornaments (to remind me of the joy I used to associate with Christmas and family), and, no real representation of christ or christianity to remind me of the exclusion and forgetfulness of others at christmas.

    Over the years, especially when I was in the navy, and on sea duty, and usually deployed for christmas, family would forget to send cards or gifts early enough for it to arrive for christmas (or arrive at all), so that may have been where it all started.

    Every year that I'm forgotten and excluded from christmas makes it easier to pass, it becomes less painful, and the meaning has largely drained out of it. I do wish a merry christmas to those who celebrate it, thank those who wish it upon me, but it's been so long that I've had a "Merry Christmas" it's just an empty sentiment.


    Aside from all the gifts and family, what I treasure the most about this time is giving! I love to give gifts, presents and I usually find the goodwill highly rewarding. I give to random people and I like to hide secret santa gifts and go with the spirit of the day. Christmas is a Holiday of love, family and most of all giving!

    Merry Christmas to you and if your ever in Arizona do say hello!!

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    Dec 26, 2015 4:01 AM GMT
    Make it every other year. Christmas this year seemed to end after Black Friday, which seems to be the new Christmas. Stores were taking down their Xmas stuff a week after and putting out bins to store trees and wreathes. Crazy.
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    Dec 26, 2015 4:08 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidMake it every other year. Christmas this year seemed to end after Black Friday, which seems to be the new Christmas. Stores were taking down their Xmas stuff a week after and putting out bins to store trees and wreathes. Crazy.


    Seems some of the stores here......even a walmart, I know of had tons of stuff still on the shelves up until just a day or so ago! I think the online business and local shopping has taken off.
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    Dec 26, 2015 4:39 AM GMT
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    wrestlervic saidMake it every other year. Christmas this year seemed to end after Black Friday, which seems to be the new Christmas. Stores were taking down their Xmas stuff a week after and putting out bins to store trees and wreathes. Crazy.


    Seems some of the stores here......even a walmart, I know of had tons of stuff still on the shelves up until just a day or so ago! I think the online business and local shopping has taken off.


    Yeah definitely. My local Walmart had Valentine's Day stuff up yesterday.
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    Dec 26, 2015 5:35 AM GMT
    I have no problem taking Christ and Santa out of Christmas but I do really cherish the whole winter solstice and light traditions that set the scene as we welcome winter with family and friends. Lying to children about Santa and Jesus allegedly being born on that day was never cute.