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November 17th, 2011, 06:03 AM
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If not, do your kids matter?
If so, why?

We are not but my parents and my BF's parents are so the kids don't really notice since they got presents anyway...

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November 17th, 2011, 09:02 AM
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We do, but not to celebrate the birth of Jesus but to get together as a family.

I grew up non-religious but celebrating Christmas by tradition. My father grew up Christian, and maybe would have liked to take me and my sister to church by my mom wasn't interested. She didn't have any strong agnostic/atheist feelings, just wasn't interested.

My husband grew up in a very traditional Catholic family. He is an atheist now. But he loves the Christmas tradition even more than I do! He even would go to midnight mass until his father passed away recently, because it brought back good memories from growing up. Not the Christianity part, just the tradition.

Our son is only 2 so I really have no idea yet how we are going to treat Christmas and religion in general with him.
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November 17th, 2011, 12:46 PM
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We do the whole Christmas thing just minus Jesus.

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November 20th, 2011, 02:10 AM
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We will be celebrating Christmas. Why? Because its ******* fun to get presents. (Come on, that's why about 90% of people out there celebrate, even those that are religious) And I suppose there is also the family.
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November 20th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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We celebrate as a time to be with family (only time we see 90% of our family) , eat and get / give gifts to family and random "children-who-need it". I love buying and wrapping gifts. Honestly if we had lots of money before x-mas we wouldn't have it after.
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November 21st, 2011, 12:36 AM
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We celebrate xmas in the sense that we celebrate being with family, give out gifts to loved ones, and eat a lot of food. We decorate with lights and put up a tree, just because they are pretty! And my son loves the lights. But we do absolutely nothing religious-related. And we won't as my son grows either.
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November 21st, 2011, 06:17 AM
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We call ours a commercial Christmas!! LOL It has nothing to do with religion. Everything to do with Santa and reindeer and elves and trees and lights and presents. Just fun! Once the kids are past the Santa stage, then we will tone it down a bit. I talked Hubby into possibly getting rid of xmas nad doing family vacation that week. Just taking off and making that their gift. They would still get something to open wherever we are, but making memories is so much more fun than stupid gifts.
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November 27th, 2011, 07:00 PM
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We decorate and host a few parties. Not sure we'll do gifts, we'll see.
I love the holiday season. Love the music, decorations, food, parties, fun... not as big on the gifts, and don't really care about the whole religious aspect.
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November 29th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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We do commercial xmas as well. All the non religious songs, movies, decorations etc. Growing up I did the same thing, all of the xmas traditions, without the religious rituals. My husband grew up a Catholic... and he's completely out of that now, hates it. One of those "pushed too hard" things so he outright left all that behind. He still likes the lights and crafts and fun stuff with the kids. We see it as a socially acceptable time to blow large sums of money on each other and the kids.
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November 29th, 2011, 03:13 PM
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It is a family get together for us, nothing more. I just look at it like we pause at the end of the year and make time to spend with each other. We should probably do it more often throughout the year (minus gifts).
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