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While reading a "Are you in the Christmas Spirit" thread, many of the posters said yes, but that they aren't religious. It got me thinking, would Christmas still be as huge as it is if Santa and all the secular parts were removed? Do you think we would still see decorations, carolers, and the such? I would like to think that Christmas would still be a huge celebration.
It seems odd to me that the "Christmas spirit" does not refer to Christ. In fact, it made me rather sad. I wanted to put on a Christmas movie for our little one, and realized that even we didn't have a religious movie. So I went out to buy one. She's three this year, and I want to make sure she knows WHY we celebrate Christmas.
Anyway, just a random thought.
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The Toy That Saved Christmas (from Veggie Tales) is a good one.
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I have to agree, I don't think Christmas would be nearly as "big" without Santa.
One thing that I found ironic was when I lived in the Middle East, they celebrated Christmas to some extent. But it was more centered around just giving small gifts to people you love to let them know you love them. I found it much easier there to focus on the Christ at Christmas because Santa was really not in the picture.
So for me it was easier to keep the true meaning of Christmas in the Middle East than it is here the US. Go figure that one.
Veggie Tales Star of Bethlehem is another really good dvd about the true meaning of Christmas, and little ones do love their veggies...(tales that is, lol!)
I find it very sad that a lot of people think Christmas is just a money maker for the stores...they never realize that all those gifts are never going to make them truly happy. I make sure I say "merry Christmas" to everyone I see, too. Most people appreciate it instead of Happy Holidays.