Christmas is a holiday that was originally meant to be religious. But here in America, where 76% of the country is Christian, non-Christians have adopted the most secular elements of Christmas, like Santa, Christmas trees, snowmen, stockings, etc. Some people do celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus, but come on! Most people in the US celebrate Christmas to get together with their families, give gifts, sing carols, decorate the home, play in the snow, and give kids a little bit of magic at the end of the year. The idea of Christmas these days is that it can be religious or secular depending on how you celebrate it. But we can give it the benefit of the doubt and call it a secular holiday, shall we??
The fashion in which Christmas is now celebrated in the United States, I believe it has fallen well within the definition of secular. Santa Claus may have been derived from a Catholic Saint, however the Christmas tree has pagan roots. Couple that with the huge shopping ordeal and kids wanting more and more and more and bam, the religion is completely gone.
All that must be done to understand the idea of a secular holiday is to look at the people who celebrate it. When a country that is founded on secularism and equal rights has designated a national holiday to stand alongside the likes of Memorial Day and Labor Day then there is no reason to call it religious. Though a portion of the population still hold religious events that coincide with the day there "Christ" part of Christmas is in name alone.
One only has to look at the definition of holiday to understand that holidays are no longer holy-days, but rather times of celebration, reflection, commemoration, and general well-being. Just as Thursday is but a remnant of a by-gone religious affiliation(Thor's day) Christmas remains "Christ's Mass" in name alone.
Jesus's date of birth is still a matter of speculation, even from biblical scholars. April 17, 6 BC (17/4/747 Roman Calendar) is now commonly accepted as his actual date of birth. For many people Christmas has evolved into a Western holiday in which family members exchange gifts and celebrate their love for each other and not the love of God.
Christmas is the holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ. It is meant to be a Christian holiday, commemorating the time that Jesus came to the earth in the human form of a baby and began His ministry. However, there are secular elements to Christmas that have been commercialized, such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and Frosty the Snowman. These Christmas staples have secular origins, and don't have anything to do with the original meaning of the holiday.
Christmas has both religious and secular aspects. On the religious side, it celebrates the birth of Christ and has Christian elements such as church service. And on the secular side, it emphasizes virtues such as charity and compassion. The Salvation Army and Toys-for-Tots both focus on goodwill toward our fellow men.
To understand the reasoning of God's gift of His only begotten Son; we must be opened to read the Word of God and meditate on the teachings of Christ and His sacrifice for entering this world from heaven as man and "yet" God. Divine and human to share in His Divinity. To share in the inheritance of God's Kingdom in heaven. To shed off our pride and greed in order to be opened to receive knowledge, understanding and wisdom and all other gifts He wills upon us; if we are opened to believing in God. All Glory and Honor is His; now and forever.
If someone claims C may be also viewed as a secular, non religious event, then I ask: what exactly is its secular, non religious meaning ? Christmas - Christ - "Hristos" (Greek) = saviour ! Wrong ? Anything else ? "The Shopping Season" ... In the United States, perhaps ...
As a Catholic, our family focused on the birth of Christ during the Christmas season but we also bought into the myth of Santa Claus. I think that we as Catholics have ruined this holy season by buying into this myth and commercializing Christmas. I am not sure how this has happened but if I had to do it over again; I would not have lied to my two daughters and made them focus on santa cluas instead of the baby Jesus.
Some families may only be celebrating their love for each other however even those families know Christmas is, to those who believe in Christ and God, the celebration of Christ's birth. It began as a celebration of Christ's birth and as long as there is still a Christian on this earth it will be a celebration of Christ's birth regardless of any other reason people may used to celebrate.
Christmas is the day meant to celebrate the birth of Christ. Other events have happened during the winter season but Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and celebration of the time when God gave his only begotten Son to save the world. Many secular practices have been adopted to the holiday but those are attachments not the primary focus.
Christians celebrate Christmas because they believe it is the day of Christ's birth. There are plenty of other religions who believe different and they argue that this is not true. Other religions may celebrate Christmas as a family togetherness day, but they definitely leave Christ out of it. So no, Christmas is not a secular holiday.
The purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The holiday is also meant to remind people of the good that is in the world, and is a time of year when people are especially caring and kind to one another. While there are secular representations of Christmas, such as Santa Claus and Christmas trees, the holiday is originally Christian.