Do you have to be religious to celebrate Christmas? That is the question that is on everyones lips at the moment, whether they like to admit it or not. It is true that Christmas in the strict traditional sense used to be about celebrating Christ and his birth on Christmas day. Now religious people are saying the holiday has been hijacked and made into a commercial travsty of what it once used to be. They say we should instead call our celebration 'Xmas' to devite from the religious connotations that are given by calling it Christmas.
In my personal opinion this is all a story, and that is the feeling of many people who simply do not have a belief in a transcedent being that dicates how they live their own lives. Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of family and togetherness and a time of year where we look back on the year that has just gone and to reflect on all the good things in life. This is why we decorate trees, bringing them inside and making them look beautiful and bright. Twinkling lights make us happy and the tinsel gives us a sense of luck about life. I actually think it is shocking that anyone would even want to take away that magic and imagination inducing apsect of the Christmas period. It relly isn't supposed to be serious in any way. Christmas is supposed to be a great time, a period of unity to give us all a sense of hope that we may have slowly been losing in the time between this Christmas and the last.
Without Christmas life would truly be dull. 2016 has been a hard year for us all, we have to admit this. The happiness and satisfaction that is given with the giving of gifts and finding other people to share a meal with cannot be replaced by a cheap alternative with fake smiles and unjustified reasons to not join in with the whole idea of Christmas.
So lets call it whatever we want because all Christmas is about is to be nice to one another, the work up to it is the most important thing, not the actual day. I mean, a festival centred around appreciating that a boy that might of lived a few thousand year ago? Who might have turned some water into wine? Who came back alive in a miraculous resurrection? Come on. Who actually sits there at christmas thinking about Jesus for 24 hours? I certainly don't. I spend time with my family and get involved in an event of happiness. Just how Christmas should be!
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