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Mixed traditions and happy celebrations

I know that you know, but for the few who don’t know, or do know but won’t admit it, Christmas is the least Christian tradition of them all.

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8 Responses to Mixed traditions and happy celebrations

  1. I constantly fail to see how Christians choosing the same date that their cultures traditionally celebrated some religious feast on, to celebrate their great religious feast on, does anything whatever to take away from how genuinely and thoroughly Christian that Christian celebration is. It is as though one would expect Christians to have moved it to some other day for fear of being associated with their culture, instead of having a desire to transform (rather than eradicate) the culture in which they live as Christians. If I lived in a culture which celebrated family getting together on June 14th, say, and people were traditionally celebrating something I didn’t believe in, I wouldn’t have the slightest opposition to the suggestion that we continue to celebrate culturally on that day, but just shift the focus of our celebration to something more worthy of being celebrated.

    … How do people not see this?

  2. Many of these things have come more into the light in recent years. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas at all because of the mixed traditions that do not support their beliefs. Many others do know of these mixed traditions (as you suggest) and simply make the decision to support the Christmas holidays because, much like Thanksgiving, it is a wonderful reason for family and friends to come together in one place showing their love and giving spirit for one another. Christians may see it as theirs, but the reality is that this time of year belongs to everyone to simply enjoy in the spirit it was always meant to portray. Brotherhood, love and giving.

  3. But who are you to say that your celebratory focus is more worthy than what’s already being celebrated?
    As it turns out, people continue to mark the solstice season as they have for thousands of years, with family, friends, feasting, greenery and good cheer, and bunch of Christians bleating about Jesus doesn’t seem to change that celebration for us non-Christians in any way.

  4. Well, that’s not hard to answer. When a person celebrates something which is true, good and beautiful, in place of celebrating something which is either not, or else is less true good and beautiful, then their celebratory focus is more worthy. Just as a married couple married on that day may celebrate something which is better than simply a day specially marked on a calendar. If Christianity is true, then celebrating Christ makes celebrating on that day more ‘worthy’. Therefore, so long as a person ‘thinks’ that what they are celebrating is more valuable than what they otherwise would have, then their celebratory focus is on something they deem more worthy.

    The logic here is not hard to follow, and it seems practically unimpeachable.

  5. Kevinsky says:

    Unimpeachable? How about this: if you barged into a traditional family holiday celebration at my home with that attitude and told me that your silly religion was more true and worthy than what my family has been celebrating for years, I’d impeach your ignorant ass right out of my house!

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  7. lacontrabasse says:

    Hello Monica

    I’m sorry this message from the Creator is a bit late, but I’ve only just found out you liked my YouTube video ‘ God says sorry ‘.

    The Creator sends you a seasonal message, clarifying the meaning of Christmas.

    See ‘ God’s Christmas Message ‘ .

    Keep smiling!

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