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Catholics not giving Christmas presents

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pottered Tue 27-Jun-17 10:25:25

Interested to find that a very religious Catholic friend of mine doesn't give his children Christmas presents. Does anyone do similar and is there a theological basis for this? I couldn't grill my friend as my jaw had dropped and it would've been rude but I'm wondering.

I do think Christmas has become too commercial but surely children get presents because presents were brought to the baby Jesus by the wise men? I can understand why adults perhaps shouldn't get presents.

Teatowelfairy Tue 27-Jun-17 10:30:49

It's not a Catholic thing.
I'm Catholic and I, along with every Catholic I know, always celebrate Christmas complete with Christmas gifts.

Florriesma Tue 27-Jun-17 10:32:42

Im catholic, and i unerstand re the commercialism but ive never heard of this before. I thougth we gave presents to celebrate the tradition of the 3 wise men? Which is why in some parts of RC traditionalists the present giving was done on 6th January. Although that seems to be a dying tradition. (Not for orthodoxs though)

I have known people from other christian faiths not go a bundle on presents at christmas but thats as far as it goes.

<Watches with interest>

pottered Tue 27-Jun-17 10:53:01

i'm a (mostly lapsed) RC and i'd never heard of catholics not giving presents either that's why I thought I'd canvass a wider section of religious people. I am not sure I can say but I am concerned that this is the sort of thing their kids may look back on with no fondness.

Sanscollier Tue 27-Jun-17 10:54:39

We're Catholic and have never heard of this!

ElspethFlashman Tue 27-Jun-17 10:57:02

Nah, he's just got his own axe to grind about presents. Nothing to do with religion.

Clalpolly Tue 27-Jun-17 11:10:29

RC . Never heard of this and know some very devout and old school RCs . Sounds like some sort of Amish -esque deliberate attempt to "other" themselves and claim it is for religious reasons.

MsPassepartout Tue 27-Jun-17 11:17:11

I was raised a Catholic, and Christmas presents were normal in my family and other Catholic families I knew.

Whatever his issue with Christmas presents is, it's not about Catholicism.

MrsCK Tue 27-Jun-17 11:25:29

I'm not RC but I am "very Christian" as some would describe me.

For every Christian I know, the heart of the religion is love, and for me, giving gifts is a huge part of that smile

pottered Tue 27-Jun-17 11:28:12

thanks - i thought it was odd - i can't understand not buying your children at least one nice gift to celebrate the love for the baby Jesus etc but wondered if I'm missing something. He stressed the children got lots of presents other times of the year but it just doesn't make sense to me that a devout RC would take a strong stance against any gifts for their small DC. I guess it'll be his walk to walk.

Clalpolly Tue 27-Jun-17 11:37:47

I have this attitude towards my cat. She gets toys and gifts all year round she doesn't need "presents " at Christmas. But she's a cat.

Bloodybridget Tue 27-Jun-17 18:30:31

So I guess the children get presents from other people? Do they have a mother?

NC4now Tue 27-Jun-17 18:31:53

RC here too and yes to presents. Even the wise men brought presents.

NC4now Tue 27-Jun-17 18:33:18

Does he celebrate Christmas then? Nice dinner, Midnight mass etc? Or is is just like the average Sunday?

pottered Tue 27-Jun-17 18:39:23

both the mum and the dad we're friends with are strict RC - they're just having their 3rd baby in 5 years and they don't believe in contraception. Re the larger family - they're estranged from both sets of grandparents - but for good reasons I can understand in both cases. I don't believe their kids get any presents on Christmas day as I understood it, I'm thinking if they receive any they are put aside for a non-specific occasion. Strange eh? I can't fathom it.

mintich Tue 27-Jun-17 18:39:31

Even our priest gives our gifts at Christmas!

Bloodybridget Tue 27-Jun-17 18:47:34

Very strange indeed! I feel rather sorry for the children, with all the school conversations about "what did you get?".

TheVanguardSix Tue 27-Jun-17 18:51:04

They are probably Opus Dei, or Cult Catholics as I call them.

isittheholidaysyet Tue 27-Jun-17 18:52:43

Never heard of that. Been catholic all my life.

(Though some countries have different traditions. 6th (?) December St Nicholas day is the present day in some countries. Celebrating Christmas on 24th December is also common in some places and eastern churches may give presents on 6th Jan feast of epiphany (3 Kings day) instead of 25th dec)

Clalpolly Tue 27-Jun-17 19:49:23

Opus Dei [shudders].

notaslimceagirl Tue 27-Jun-17 19:52:17

Is opus dei a real thing? I thought it was made up for that De Vinci code film.

TheVanguardSix Tue 27-Jun-17 20:00:22

No it's real. It's rather sect like.

Clalpolly Tue 27-Jun-17 20:04:58

It's a real thing. They scare the bejeezus out of me. I once got trapped on a house with one. As long as we didn't talk about religion she was really nice. But her house was full of all sorts of weird stuff. And I'm RC - statues of BVM in every classroom with eyes that follow you around.

pottered Tue 27-Jun-17 20:06:07

I think if they celebrated it on another day, he'd just have said, we celebrate it in x day because of y tradition, he clearly stated they did not believe in gift giving at Christmas - which was why I was scrabbling to find a Catholic basis for that. I shall look into Opus Dei!

Eggplantsundays Tue 27-Jun-17 20:08:31

Opus Dei are v active in my parish. They give presents, and the ones I know drink like fishes too. No surplices either.

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