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Does anyone else dislike Christmas?

Discussion in 'The Junk Drawer' started by KateforChrist, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. KateforChrist

    KateforChrist Koalas are NOT bears

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    I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one to dislike Christmas time. Yes, I am a Christian.

    Are you a Christian who dislikes Christmas time?

    What don't you like about Christmas time?

    What do you do at Christmas time?
     
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  2. yeshuaslavejeff

    yeshuaslavejeff simple truth, martyr, disciple of Yahshua

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    Yes.
    Probably the same thing(s) you don't like about it.
    Same as every other month / week/ day. Work if it is a work day. Rest if it is a rest day. Do what the Father says to do - do His Word (be a doer and not a hearer only) .
     
  3. GOD Shines Forth!

    GOD Shines Forth! Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I love to give freely, without compulsion, throughout the year. I don't like prescribed days of gifting. But perhaps the discipline of giving to a few in my family on a set day is a good thing to submit to.
     
  4. KateforChrist

    KateforChrist Koalas are NOT bears

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    Thanks Jeff

    I don't like the:
    • commercialism
    • fake friendliness
    • way that people overdo things (decorating, spending, partying) because in most cases I think they are trying to make themselves feel better
     
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  5. KateforChrist

    KateforChrist Koalas are NOT bears

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    I agree with this because gifts given like this are gifts given with the right attitude.
     
  6. IntriKate

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    I hate what Christmas is to society, a day of materialism, greed and pressure. I dont do anything for it except a hassle free lunch, no gifts, no useless decorations. I know in my heart that Jesus came to save us and I dont see santa and Christmas trees as a way of acknowledging his gift.
     
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  7. d taylor

    d taylor Well-Known Member

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    Christmas along with a few other practices and beliefs is part of the state of the church being mostly man ruled/guided and not Guided by the Bible and God.
     
  8. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    I don't waste any time on Christmas as it is celebrated in the secular world. I do, however, love Christmas as it is celebrated in the Orthodox Church, along with every other Feast day on the liturgical calendar.
     
  9. Rene Loup

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    As a child, I totally welcomed the idea of a magical bearded fat man breaking into my house, leaving behind toys under a fake tree in my living room, and taking a plate of cookies and a glass of eggnog as payment every winter without question.

    As this age, however, I'm content with what I have. I have a good home, a loving family, true friends, and a system that gives me a chance at life. I don't need material goods but my mother insists that I MUST open something from under the tree. Just to make her happy, I asked for a case of pop. She wasn't happy so I asked for a briefcase instead.

    Honestly, I would rather grab a slice of carrot cake with a candle in it, sing Happy Birthday to Jesus, and chow down. I would also read several chapters of the gospels and donate some money to Christian charities in his honour.
     
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  10. timewerx

    timewerx the village i--o--t--

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    Same here. Xmas is a pagan/Roman tradition.
     
  11. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Repartee Animal: Quipping the Saints! Supporter

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    Bah, humbug.
    It is a religious spirit.
    I continue to avail myself to the Holy Spirit, because that time still belongs to Him.
    (And drink eggnog... [​IMG])
     
  12. Bible Highlighter

    Bible Highlighter Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. Supporter

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    Here is my list breakdown of why I think Christmas is unbiblical in a not so joyful way.

    Why I Think Christmas is Not Biblical (Please read OP before posting).
     
  13. .Mikha'el.

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    I'd say so.

    It's way too much hype, stress, busyness, and effort for one day. People don't celebrate Thanksgiving or Labour Day or even Groundhog Day weeks ahead of time, so why do it with Christmas, especially when there is no Biblical basis for asserting the Nativity happened on that day or time of year.

    I go through the motions so as not to exacerbate family tension, but also treat it as normal as I personally can. Plenty of times I've moderated at this site on the day.
     
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  14. Heavenhome

    Heavenhome Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ah wonderful thread that I won't be flamed for saying that I don't like Christmas, I see no Biblical reason for it ( actually the opposite)

    That is my reason.

    Here are some others

    I hate how all of a sudden people want to know what you are doing ie at shops etc.

    I hate when people say "oh you can't be alone at Christmas..... like what about all the other days of the year?

    The implied obligation of reciprocal gift or card giving.
    (give freely and cheerfully at anytime or not at all)

    I hate the pressure put on those who can least afford it.

    After all that preparation and " warm toasty feelings" the very next day everything is back the same, nothing has changed but a lot of money spent, high expectations but then the realisation of the same problems and going by what is documented, this time of year (Christmas and New Year) is the highest time for suicide.

    I once took part in all of that too but quite a few years ago after really looking into it, gave it all away. It was the most freeing thing I have done, yet trying to tell people I no longer celebrated it and why, brought a barrage of arguments or simple unbelief that I "really" didn't mean it.

    What I find the saddest thing of all is that anyone would think that it would please God by taking part in all this because when Jesus was born as a baby there was no room for Him then, as it continued throughout His life: and the world, sadly, has no room for Him now.
    I agree with Biblehighligters post.
     
  15. dzheremi

    dzheremi Coptic Orthodox non-Egyptian

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    No problems with Christmas once you celebrate it on January 7th, as God intended. :cool: Then all the "Rome stole this day from the pagans" nonsense goes away, you don't have to worry about the commercial insanity, and you can just go to church like you'd do every other day...for 5-6 hours...again, as God intended. ;)
     
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  16. yeshuaslavejeff

    yeshuaslavejeff simple truth, martyr, disciple of Yahshua

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    The form of religion, denying the power thereof, characterizes a lot of celebration.
    Every day, those things are sin in the world, as declared throughout Scripture.

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    We taught my children, and others when asked this >>>
    and except as described in Scripture, i.e. not so much , at all, this >>
    ....for example, with celebrations of the world, religious vanity, even birthdays, it seems, building someone's ego, while it might feel good and look good to do, ... well, is it ever good ?
     
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  17. Knee V

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    I do not like the secular and commercial "Christmas" that we encounter.

    I also do not like that the season begins so early, and it is a season of feasting prior to the feast. When we prepare for a feast with a couple months of feasting, then the actual feast itself feels meaningless and mundane, unless we make a gargantuan production out of the holiday and blow it up into something far more huge than it otherwise would be. If we would prepare for Christmas with a period of fasting (or at least not a two-month-long Christmas party), then the holiday itself would feel far more special without having to make a giant Hallmark production out of it. Also, it would feel a lot more special to celebrate it for 12 days if we weren't already celebrating it for two months.
     
  18. GACfan

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    Ah, another thread where I get to be a Grinch again and rant about Christmas some more. That makes me happy because I have a tendency to say "Bah humbug" a lot. I often play along and go through the motions so I won't exacerbate the family tension. On a side note, I agree with you.

    However, I would like to add a couple of reasons of my own.
    • Feeling obligated to buy gifts for relatives I haven't seen in a few years or I only see maybe once or twice a year. None of these relatives ever try to contact me or any of my children otherwise.
    • Parents lying to their children by telling them that Santa is real and other parents who liked to rudely chastise me for not playing along in that lie by telling my own children that Santa is real.
     
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  19. Lost4words

    Lost4words In reality, an old dog! Supporter

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    Hate, hate, hate, hate Christmas.....

    Not the main reason but other....
     
  20. *LILAC

    *LILAC Keeping it simple. Supporter

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    So this year has been a very interesting one for me and the realizations of Christmas and all it really means has been a bit staggering. I've been researching it for months! Here's a challenge. Read the book of Deuteronomy with Christmas in mind. God says it over and over and over again, "Do not learn the heathen ways..." Typically, the world hates Jesus. So how or why are they celebrating this "holiday" that is supposed to be all about Jesus? What Jesus are they really celebrating? I also find Christmas time to be an extremely stressful time. This year we are keeping things to the bare minimum. Not sure how next year will be, though.
     
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