Do you Have to Be Christian in order to celebrate Christmas?
I was on another forum and there was a thread about how children are demonstrating how they are "keeping Christ in Christmas." but it got me to thinking, does one HAVE TO BE Christian in order to celebrate Christmas?! I know plenty of people who celebrate and they are not Christian at all. My one Hindu friend comes to mind. She celebrates and partakes in the exchange of gifts and presents with her family. Still others I know who are not particualrly religious ( let's say agnostic) but they celebrate Christmas day with a gathering of family and friends and exchange of gifts. There is even talk of Santa Claus among this set. My dd even has several Jewish friends and they exchange gifts amongst themselves during this time of year.
So- I ask you, is Christmas reserved just for Christians?
Is Christmas "cheapened" by others who celebrate the day but who do not practice the faith?