Most Americans celebrate Christmas, but not all as religious holiday

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  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 18, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    The more Christmas is seen as a secular holiday the better it can provide a shared tradition and identity for everyone in this country. The more religion is emphasized the faster it will become a relic for many and may even become one more aspect of society that divides instead of unites.

    And if it is a purely religious holiday, which religion is it – is it Saturnalia (Roman holiday that became Christmas after Constantine converted)? Is it the pagan celebration of the winter solstice (why we celebrate in late December) with its emphasis on nature and renewal (e.g., Christmas tree)?

    Also, should it be more about a birth of one person or the spirit of giving (St. Nicolas as the basis for Santa Claus)?

    Nothing wrong with any of these things as far as I’m concerned (celebrate for whatever reason(s) you like), but just because today’s dominant religion co-opted all the related celebrations from the past doesn’t mean they are now the exclusive keepers of the flame.
    The Christmas holiday belongs to everyone and should be enjoyed in whatever positive spirit moves us (rampant consumerism notwithstanding).

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:32 a.m.

    The purpose is to brighten up the spirits of people, to give them hope in a cold world.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    Christmas can be fun and it can also be the most trying time of the year. Secular holiday for me.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    Regardless what the surveys say, the commercialization of Xmas is a more valid measure of the degree to which it is a secular holiday. From Black Friday to Boxing Day, the Holiday Season is less about genuine religious sentiment than ever before.

    And that's a good thing.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 10:21 p.m.

    Nothing wrong with that.