I am a Christian who does not celebrate christmas weird, huh?
LOL…the reasons are because (for my immediate family and I anyway, I am not trying to tell anyone they are wrong to celebrate in whatever way they chose! The Bible tells us not to judge what others celebrate or what way they do). We feel that christmas has its roots in non-christian celebrations. Many of the customs were originally part of celebrating the winter solstice, and not part of Jesus’ birth at all. And no one actually knows exactly when He was born, anyway, as far as I know. There are some rough estimations but no one knows for sure.
We chose not to put up a tree or decorations (but I do admit I LOVE the lights!!) or give massive gifts to all. We do give gifts, here and there, but because we want to, not because we have to. We make extra cookies and goodies at this time of year to give away, but they are not Christmas cookies.
I grew up celebrating christmas, so I do love the music, the songs, and the lights. I miss some of it but there’s lots I’m happy to do without -like wasting tons of $$ on gifts that aren’t appreciated for long (the kids get bored with them so quickly!) and killing myself to make sure we didn’t forget anyone (wether we can afford it or not). And last minute shopping -UGH!
But I am not bothered by those who do celebrate. I’m certainly not going to bah-humbug anyone because they do choose to!
This has been an interesting thread!