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Religious Vs Commercial Christmas

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  1. Dec 2, 2008 #1 of 15
    curt8403

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    An informal poll (sort of) concerning Christmas images. Take a look around you the next few days and note what you see. I am looking to see what the ratio is between Religious Christmas symbols Vs Non religious. IE. Santa, reindeer, Snowmen, etc would all be Non religiousl, and the Manger, Wisemen, etc would be religious.

    For Instance, I saw Poinsettas at work, which I consider Religious, and 3 santa images, so my ratio at work would be 1 : 3
     
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    which would the stocking fall under?
     
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    curt8403

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    I would consider that Commercial
    (more to do with Santa )
     
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    then right now it stands at null:11
     
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    Well, that's a little debateable, since Santa in his various names and forms has a "tradition" of a few hundred years.

    Are you restricting "traditional" to religious?
     
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    Unfortunately, for me the categories are "traditional - non-religious" and "traditional - religious" as you outline them. Even Frosty the Snowman is old enough to be traditional, as he's nearly 60.
     
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    if stockings are traditional, then it would be 2:9
     
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    corrected original post. Religious Vs Non Religious

    no other implications of right or not right etc. Just is it religious or not.
     
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    My vote is for TRADITIONAL!!!!!!

    I do not like what christmas has become.... NOTHING BUT A SPAM EVENT FOR BUSINESS'S TO GET RICH FAST!
     
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    It's a little hard for me to know what's religious and what's not.

    The Christmas Tree likely stems from religious traditions. Santa Claus is likely derived around traditions relating to certain saints such as Saint Nicholas.

    The Christmas Stocking seems to have derived from religious stories.

    What we do know about Christmas is that if you believe that story of why Mary and Joseph were traveling, historical evidence indicates Jesus was not born around the Winter Solstice.

    Long before there was a WalMart, there were critics. By the late 1300's writers were condemning caroling as lewd, indicating that the unruly traditions of Saturnalia and Yule were destroying the religious nature of the celebration. Those were, of course, religious celebrations, just not about Jesus.

    For me a "traditional" Christmas would look like a Courier & Ives print:

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    Or a Normal Rockwell Christmas homecoming:

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    One thing I do know is that there is no universal Christian definition of a proper religious celebration of Christmas. In fact, some Christian sects believe it is sacrilegious to celebrate such holidays.

    In my old age I'd like to think we have become more tolerant about Christmas since the late 14th Century. But Fox News is sure there is a War on Christmas. :rolleyes:
     
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    We have already celebrated the most important holiday of the year - Black Friday.
     
  12. Lord Vader

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    It's religious, because it was originally--and still is--used to commemorate the feast of St. Nicklaus, which is Dec. 6th.
     
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    We had to choose between two myths, my family chose Santa over Jesus. He's more believable. :)
     
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    You woke up a four year old thread ... :nono2:


    Folks: Stay away from discussing religion on our forums. Thanks!
     
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