Christmas, holiday season, winter solstice, happy fun time…whatever, what does it mean to you?
I’m intrigued what meaning other HEthens have given this time of year, if any. And if I’m honest, it would be nice for a few opinions to perhaps give me some faith in humanity back, as so many attitudes around this time of year literally fry my brain. As religion has eased off not enough people have attached their own meaning to it, so get caught up in consumerism, or the image of happy familys and the perfect christmas.
For me, in recent years it has become a time of reflection and planning, on my own, and with friends and family. I enjoy that people have some more time to themselves, and for fun.
Do you have hope for the future of the ‘holiday season’? Do you think people will leave it behind? Or do you think it will become something else?
If we carry on socially celebrating christmas with declining religious faith, it would be really nice if we celebrated Jesus in the best way possible. By acting a little more like him.
As a Christian, Celebrating the birth of Jesus is great. Acting to be like him is very very great… but the date of celebration is in question, celebrating something in a wrong date? Where is the essence?
For me, this time of the year is when people practice something they really don’t know.. I guess what people needs most, is it to try to learn more about about a tradition before practicing it.. It doesn’t mean that when majority believes it, it’s the truth; when majority practice it, it’s the right thing to do… :]
@antecebum, My thoughts on that is to not worry so much about the actual date, but to spread love and understanding every day. He was alive for more than one year, if we can put our selves in his place everyday we can see true understanding of things and those around us.
But for arguments sake, they say July? they say couple weeks before Dec. 25 or a couple weeks after. All that matters to me is spending time with people that I love and having conversations on these days about our own beliefs on the traditions of Christmas.
I don’t see how the date affects the essence of the idea at all. And you didn’t answer my question, just stated what you think others are doing this time of year. What is it to you? Why are you celebrating? Or are you not, because of the date issue?
@siantastic, I honestly don’t attach much significance to this time of year. I have no problem whatsoever with not celebrating these holidays. I live across the country from my family so in the past few years I have spent a couple thanksgivings and christmases alone or just doing something ordinary like watching movies alone or with someone else. I think it’s nice that people have a reason to gather, see family that they don’t normally see, and cook delicious food.
I have not wondered much about the future of Christmas now that religion is on the decline. The actual celebration of the holiday itself seems to have barely anything to do with Jesus, so I don’t see why people would stop celebrating it, though perhaps the sense of obligation will slowly evaporate?
Each winter season helps me get in touch with myself and those who I care about and care for me as well. You will see only those who are truly your companions contacting you and you contacting them these holidays to spread love.
In the past I have always become manic during the holiday season. This, right now, the Twelve Days of Christmas is my favorite time of year to study those around me and find what place they have in the world and how they help out or involve themselves in any way. January 6th, Three Kings Day, is the day that The three wisemen, magi, kings. (Three) came to Christ bearing gifts. I always see similar events play out with the people I meet up with this time of year.
Admittedly, I used to hate this time because it didn’t only mean the end of autumn but also the beginning of winter depression haha.
I don’t like how nowadays most people only care about getting presents and how they get mad if they aren’t given what they had wished for. I never asked my family or friends to give me anything for christmas because “things” are of no meaning to me. The only thing I can really enjoy about this time of the year is going skiing when there’s snow and quietly sitting around the candlelit tree with my family, since we hardly see each other throughout the year.
I’m not a christian; actually there’s no religion or god I believe in. But I still like to celebrate christmas because it means spending more time with my friends and family. And since buying presents none of them will use anyway is pointless and I don’t have enough money to get them nice things, I usually give something self-made with meaning behind it.
I’m not Christian (I’m an atheist) but I like celebrating the birth of Jesus.