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What Are the Holidays Really About?

Living 2012/12/25 11:00:00
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Christmas day is finally upon us! All around the country, and the world, people are celebrating the holidays in their own way. But what does this time of year mean to you?

For some, it's all about family -- getting everyone together to celebrate. To others, it might be about finally getting some much-needed time away from work... though there are many people who'll still be clocking in today!



Or maybe, your Christmas is all about gifts -- not just receiving (although who doesn't enjoy that!) but also the giving. Perhaps for you, giving to your family and friends isn't enough, and you like to spend your holidays out helping the less fortunate at this difficult time of year. Then there's the religious aspect. Is Christmas all about Jesus and the Nativity for you? What do you think the holidays are all about?
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  • Souless In The Abyss 2012/12/30 06:13:10
    Other
    Souless In The Abyss
    making it through another day in life...
  • Wackyweirdochic 2012/12/30 06:12:02
    Spending Time With Family
    Wackyweirdochic
    Greatest time of year <3
  • Alacrity 2012/12/30 04:55:46 (edited)
    Other
    Alacrity
    All of the above. Or, above all, Don't forget the booze-time.
  • JustMe 2012/12/30 00:46:41
    Other
    JustMe
    greed and selfishness fueled by retail
  • Alacrity JustMe 2012/12/30 04:57:14
    Alacrity
    There you go again!
  • AG 2012/12/28 14:56:43
    Other
    AG
    Christmas is about recognizing the birth of Christ, and about spending time with family.
  • weirdchickalert 2012/12/28 13:17:30
    Helping Those in Need
    weirdchickalert
    Christmas is about giving...not recieving, christmas gots its name through the Christianity faith! This was the day that changed the world for were given jesus...and he was all about helping those in need!

    Also SANTAS FAKE OKAY!
  • dillon 2012/12/28 07:34:07
    Spending Time With Family
    dillon
    funny thing is my family dont do that at all
  • Ardwin_Viesheight 2012/12/28 03:29:14
    Other
    Ardwin_Viesheight
    I think its a bit of all of that. It did begin with spirituality, and it is a time to spend more hours with family and friends while the rest of the year is so busy, but most of this gets lost in the commercialism garbage that the media puts out.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/12/28 02:09:19
    Other
    Somkey the Hores
    Commercialism and forced consumption.
  • Krissy 2012/12/27 23:59:00
    Spending Time With Family
    Krissy
    Love makes the world go round
  • Bobbie S 2012/12/27 23:54:10
    Other
    Bobbie S
    Love, which encompasses all of the above.
  • Claire Bird 2012/12/27 20:08:38
    Other
    Claire Bird
    Pretty much all of them count for me!
  • Matt P. 2012/12/27 15:33:31
    Religion and Spirituality
    Matt P.
    Also helping other people. None of the others really apply to me.
  • the fuze 2012/12/27 12:51:25
    Religion and Spirituality
    the fuze
    And spending time with family, at least it is for me.
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/12/27 09:28:26
  • roxy902 2012/12/27 08:21:54
    Religion and Spirituality
    roxy902
    I love christmas!!❤i believe its about spending time with your family, taking a break from the other stuff in your life, and giving:) but what we are really celebrating is the birth of Jesus Christ!(:
  • Marianne723 2012/12/27 06:12:21
    Other
    Marianne723
    +1
    All of the above.
  • Moon 2012/12/27 02:11:52
    Spending Time With Family
    Moon
    Family and friends!
  • Nuala a.k.a BlueRaven 2012/12/26 21:53:39
    Spending Time With Family
    Nuala a.k.a BlueRaven
    Everyone has their own reason, but as far as I can see, it's the time when families get together. That's what I look forward to the most. I don't particularly care what the holiday is really about.
  • Todd Parsons 2012/12/26 20:53:59
    Spending Time With Family
    Todd Parsons
    +1
    And Friends.... Wish we could go back to the Blue law days and make all businesses closed on Sunday again too!
  • Brandon Michaels 2012/12/26 18:07:29
    Gifts, Gifts and More Gifts!
    Brandon Michaels
    +1
    Well, I picked gifts for these reasons... I'm always spending time with family anyway, so I don't need the holidays just for spending time with them, but I still do! I'm always donating to various charities and sometimes do volunteer work, so again, I don't specifically need the holidays to do those things, if you get what I'm saying. Also, I'm not religious, so you know... So it's nice to get some time of rest and relaxation, and give/receive a few gifts!

    No, I'm not a heartless jerk, I just do all these things at various times, not just the holidays!
  • Cynthia 2012/12/26 17:38:53
    Other
    Cynthia
    +1
    All of the above.
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/12/26 17:16:57 (edited)
  • Gryffindor53 2012/12/26 16:01:36
    Religion and Spirituality
    Gryffindor53
    +4
    Really wanted to say "Spending Time with Friends and Family" and "Helping Those in Need" as well though.
  • Will 2012/12/26 16:01:35
    Spending Time With Family
    Will
    +2
    Family comes first.
  • Alex♥Adam 2012/12/26 15:46:51
    Other
    Alex♥Adam
    +2
    Being with your loved ones, being happy and making others happy.
  • angel face 2012/12/26 15:15:22
    Spending Time With Family
    angel face
    +1
    That's the most important thing. Spending time with family and seeing their expressions when they open their presents. I love it
  • Sperry23 2012/12/26 15:07:37
    Gifts, Gifts and More Gifts!
    Sperry23
    +3
    I really wish I could pick one of the other, more altruistic answer, but it's just not the case. In America, in these times, it's all about presents, and not gifts of time or giving to those less fortunate, but how many prezzies were given to whom and how much they cost. It is a zero-sum game. If X gives Y a gift, then Y is obligated to give X a gift of equal or greater value.

    Now I'm sure there will be those who will say that THEY don't behave that way, but I challenge them thusly: Next holiday season, do NOT give any gifts to anyone with the exception of that charitable giving which receives NOTHING in return. And DO NOT take a tax exemption for the charitable giving.

    I will guarantee you that less than one in a thousand will take me up on it, and of those who do, most, if not all, won't actually carry through on it.

    Such is the nature of our current culture.
  • LdyLeo 2012/12/26 10:38:57
    Other
    LdyLeo
    +1
    Me stealing all your gifts from your homes :)
  • rereblue 2012/12/26 10:07:14
    Spending Time With Family
    rereblue
    +1
    My family never made Christmas a religious thing, and I thank them greatly for that. It's about family, loving and caring. Our family really comes together during this time, and it really does warm the home and the heart.
  • mrdog 2012/12/26 09:14:16
    Spending Time With Family
    mrdog
    +1
    Easy answer for me....bark
  • Smitty 2012/12/26 07:45:12
    Religion and Spirituality
    Smitty
    +2
    It's supposed to be about the celebration of the birth of Jesus,but most people these days don't have a clue!!
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/12/26 04:24:56
    Spending Time With Family
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +1
    All of the above!! :)
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/12/26 04:19:36 (edited)
    Religion and Spirituality
    Christopher Kirchen
    +2
    In the case of Christmas,primarily the birth of Jesus and those other things are side benefits. in the case of Chanukah, it's about celebrating a miracle that happened regarding lamp oil lasting 8 days that should have only lasted one, and again the other things are side benefits.
  • Frank Stephens 2012/12/26 03:56:27
    Other
    Frank Stephens
    +1
    "Holidays" is a very broad word. Holidays in general are a time for people relax a little and be with their families and enjoy each other’s company.

    If you are asking about Christmas it a hugely different purpose mostly ignored by people and who celebrate it in a secular way.
  • Christo... Frank S... 2012/12/26 05:00:21
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    It's practically illegal to say "Christmas" these days, so people just say "holidays" so as not to offend anyone .
  • Frank S... Christo... 2012/12/26 16:02:44
    Frank Stephens
    +1
    It's almost hilarious that the only group it is acceptable to offend are Christians.
  • Christo... Frank S... 2012/12/26 16:17:22 (edited)
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    Yes it is. And sad at the same time.and it's partly because if they raise a stink about it they're seen as hypocritical because of the do unto others thing.
  • Ramón 2012/12/26 03:23:12
    Other
    Ramón
    +1
    Food. You didn't say food. I love free food.

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