How do non-Christians teach their children about Christmas?

We are an athiest household and we say that Christmas is about giving, family, and tradition. What do you tell or teach?

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girlneffy

Asked by girlneffy at 1:59 PM on Dec. 5, 2008 in Holidays

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  • I was wondering why non-christians even celebrate Christmas. you do realize that if Jesus hadn't been born, there would be no Christmas? It was made to celebrate His birth. How can you celebrate Christmas, if you don't believe in what it was even made for?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • I guess we're going to teach the same thing you teach, lol. We're going to be very adamant about exposing her (and our future kids) to all different religions, so we'll probably tell her why a lot of people in the family celebrate it as Jesus's birthday. But we're going to leave religion completely up to her, she can believe in it if she wants to.

    But I've always believed in the spirit of giving and family more than I believed in it being Jesus's birthday. Now that I'm agnostic I'm glad that I'm not obligated to celebrate his birthday, and I can celebrate it like I always wanted to growing up.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:02 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • *sigh* Here we go.

    I celebrate Christmas because I was brought up celebrating it. It's more of a tradition than anything for me and my boyfriend. He's agnostic as well, but he was brought up Catholic and celebrated Christmas every year.

    And Christmas was NOT made to celebrate Jesus's birthday. It was originally a pagan holiday. The church decided a long time ago to declare it a Christian holiday in order to convert more pagans. Jesus wasn't even born in December.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:06 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • Anon, I knew I was going to get a response like this. We are not going to chose a faith for our children to follow. We take my step son to many cultural events and expose him to many religions and cultures.

    For many people, Christmas is a time of year to celebrate family and not celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is a federal holiday so we make it our own.
    girlneffy

    Answer by girlneffy at 2:08 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • Christmas in a pagan holiday and jesus was not born on it. Non believers and believers can choose to celebrate ir for other reasons such as giving and things listed above. Do your research anonymous.
    TiffanyLove18

    Answer by TiffanyLove18 at 2:08 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • oh caitxrawks already said that lol. Well i'm confirming it :D
    TiffanyLove18

    Answer by TiffanyLove18 at 2:10 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • kids stockingi celebrate christmas,easter, halloween,fourth of july, mothers day ,fathers day, memorial day,labor day,valentines day, st. pat's day. it is really no ones business what i celebrate or how i do it or what religion i am for that matter. dp smpm 2:04 lets not get started it is a question for non christians who celebrate christmas apparently you don't apply. "we don't see things as they are,we see them as we are. i are going to celebrate christmas.

    jodi205

    Answer by jodi205 at 2:13 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • well my fingers must've have gotten mad too. i was responding to anon. i'm so silly can't type when i get riled up. lol
    jodi205

    Answer by jodi205 at 2:16 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • The pagan holiday wasn't called "Christmas" for "Christ-mass". It was called something else and was celebrated for other reasons not related to Jesus' birth.

    I hate that people just assume they're the same thing...they are not!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • it's really not that complicated. our grandparents and before all celebrated christmas and so it is part of our tradition. it's a fun holiday with gifts and decorations and tv specials. the big jesus signs are kind of a whatever thing. my daughter is aware of the christian pov - how can you not be? - and i think we have talked about pagan tradition too. but really we just get together with family and friends and exchange gifts and eat ... because it's tradition and because it's supposed to be enjoyable (depends on which family we're with...)
    figaro8895

    Answer by figaro8895 at 3:10 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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