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Does religion feature in your christmas?

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Mindtrope Sun 27-Nov-16 08:25:02

I have some very religious members of my family.
I always think it odd that she sends me cards with pictures of camels and sand dunes at christmas time.The only thing we do is listen to Carols at Kings, sweet in a traditional way, but not for the religious aspect.
Is your house a jesus free zone?

slenderisthenight Sun 27-Nov-16 08:34:36

No, in our house Jesus is, as Ds told me solemnly yesterday, The Reason For The Season.

Deserts are a bit surprising on Christmas cards but I like to be reminded of the cultural context which is so much broader and more diverse than just the north pole.

slenderisthenight Sun 27-Nov-16 08:36:04

I feel you might not be getting the pick of your aunt's Christmas card selection box though grin

ElizaDontlittle Sun 27-Nov-16 08:36:46

Completely central here - can't imagine I would celebrate it otherwise. Always trying to look for ways to keep the story really fresh, and wonder at a God who took such an impossible sounding route to save us.

PinkiePiesCupcakes Sun 27-Nov-16 08:37:37

It's not a complete JC Free zone over Christmas, but DD is only 3 so ant grasp who he was and why he's important to some people.
She does know that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus though, even though we're not religious.

nancy75 Sun 27-Nov-16 08:38:05

No Jesus doesn't get a look in here, we prefer slade to xmas choirs!

bluelilies Sun 27-Nov-16 08:39:55

It's not a part of our lives in any way. (And the midwinter celebrations of course predate Christianity)

I usually buy cards that reflect that view - snowmen, robins, etc. But sometimes I pick up whatever is cheap or pretty so might send a card with camels on.

Pluto30 Sun 27-Nov-16 08:40:00

No religion here.

Bunch of atheists.

My grandmother calls us "heathens" and has her obnoxiously large nativity scene on display year round.

Mol1628 Sun 27-Nov-16 08:40:41

No religion at all here. Our son knows the story but that's all it is to us. A story like all his other story books.

FantasticBeasts Sun 27-Nov-16 08:40:59

Not especially, I do go to a Christmas service at an amazing big church sometime in December but I don't really believe in anything in particular.

Looks odd written down but I appreciate the music, building, traditions and there are some really lovely people involved who I work with throughout the year.

misstweedyweedy Sun 27-Nov-16 08:43:06

No, although I do love a few churchy carols. I think that's mainly due to nostalgia for childhood though we were never religious.

whattheseithakasmean Sun 27-Nov-16 08:43:24

We are a geebus free zone as well, just loving a jolly winter solstice & a cool yule grin

ShatnersBassoon Sun 27-Nov-16 08:43:55

I suppose it does. I sing carols, listen to other people sing and play them, and watch the nativity play at school. The religious elements don't happen in our home, but they definitely do in the community celebrations we take part in.

Mumofazoo Sun 27-Nov-16 08:47:33

We are a Catholic household and have the advent wreath and a nativity scene. We are not overly strict on it though but we like to remember that Christmas is about Jesus.

SparkyBlue Sun 27-Nov-16 08:48:02

Catholic household here so it does feature. I always send out religious themed Christmas cards and I add some nativity story books into dds bedtime reading rotation around now as well.

Paulat2112 Sun 27-Nov-16 08:48:42

I'm with slender's DS. Jesus IS the reason for the season. God is a huge part of our lives now, not a fan of choir music though, we like our modern worship music.

BreatheDeep Sun 27-Nov-16 08:49:14

There might be the odd carol listened to (normally while shopping etc rather than at home) but other than that we are a religion free zone.

GreenGinger2 Sun 27-Nov-16 08:49:31

Pretty much Jesus free and same as your's op. My dh is atheist I veer towards agnostic. Ponder the story to myself briefly each year.Kids went to a CofE school which went overboard re the real reason. Curriculum went into shut down not long into Dec so kids haven't missed out. Plenty of reasons to celebrate as a family though- time and appreciation for family/others, celebrate winter/ feasting,a time to be together,connect,get cosy,think of others and well just celebrate. Christians don't have the monopoly on any of that and thankfully we don't need permission to celebrate. Don't think the big one if he exists would mind if we do. If I was in a street that celebrated Diwali I'd join in with that too.

SharkBastard Sun 27-Nov-16 08:49:40

No religion here, heathens busting at the seams.

I love Christmas

Moondance87 Sun 27-Nov-16 08:49:46

Yes religion does feature in our Christmas but not in a down your throat way...In don't send religious cards or force my family to read/watch particular religious things etc but we are Catholic in my family and I practice and take dd to mass every sunday. I will be going to midnight mass Christmas eve etc but wont take dd and dh wont go. We dont have a full nativity BUT I have a baby jesus statue ha I include religion but in a subtle way so im satisfied and my family are not bored.
dd also has a religious advent calendar alongside a chocolate one

Jabuticaba Sun 27-Nov-16 08:50:12

Not 100%, we have a nativity scene and go to church. We teach both the religious and the pagan angles. Otherwise how do you explain the tree and gifts? confused

Christmas is a great teaching platform for how cultures and traditions can get morphed into each other. Although I suspect Christmas was tagged onto the pagan holiday, as the church failed to stop the traditional celebrations from taking place.

As southern hemisphere dwellers our Christmas is outside eating, sunshine and messing about in the swimming pool. Robins and snow seem very removed. Camels and deserts are more realistic. Aren't the camels usually shown carrying the wise men though? I would think that would be more of a Christian theme and more likely to be sent by a religious person than the more traditional Christmas cards with robins and snow.

bloodymaria Sun 27-Nov-16 08:52:25

This house keeps the old gods, none of yer newfangled jesus

Mindtrope Sun 27-Nov-16 08:52:27

Not really the reason for the season though is it.

The jesus thing is a nice add on for those that like it, but christmas is a pretty pagan knees up.

allthatnonsense Sun 27-Nov-16 08:52:57

I would like JC to feature more in our family Christmas, but is tricky as my husband dos not believe.

I'll go to church two or three times for carols and services.

OldRosesDoomed Sun 27-Nov-16 08:54:34

Christmas relates to the birth of Jesus. Of course religion features. Start of Advent today. Christmas cards very much feature a religious theme. We also have a nativity scene.

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