Can you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah without paying tribute to God?

  • Yes by just celebrating it as usual

    Christmas is Satan's holiday so if you are celebrating it then you can rest assured that you not paying tribute to God in any way, shape, or form. What makes people think that God would want them to lie to their children about there being a Santa or that Jesus was born in the dead of winter in a horse stable? Use your God given common senses on this one.

  • Yes, because Christmas wasn't originally a Christian holiday.

    The New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth. The earliest gospel – St. Mark’s, written about 65 CE – begins with the baptism of an adult Jesus. This suggests that the earliest Christians lacked interest in or knowledge of Jesus’ birthdate. And, Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the week-long celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman. In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians. In conclusion, yes you can celebrate them without paying tribute.

    The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday

  • Yes, it is possible to celebrate these holidays without God.

    While these holidays are traditionally religious, it is possible for people to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah without including God. For instance, those who celebrate Hanukkah can gather with friends and family and recall the pleasant events of the past year while enjoying meal. People do the same thing during Christmas, without mentioning God at all. Many people view the holiday season as a time to connect with loved ones, and not a religious celebration.

  • People already do.

    There are countless people who celebrate Christmas solely for the purpose of presents, tasty food, decorations, and Santa Claus. There are some Christian families that do such celebrations, going through the holiday without even bringing religion into it. I've seen less people adopt Hanukkah, but in theory, one can enjoy any religious holiday for non-religious reasons.

  • Absolutely. Most anything can be celebrated in the secular world.

    The origins of a holiday are not important unless you make them important. In my view, it is up to each individual person, family and community to determine the meaning behind any celebration. I, personally, happily celebrate Christmas with many friends of all beliefs and creeds, and there has never been any conflict. We have come together to make it more about celebration of family and togetherness (with lots of eating and playing games) and to remember the year past. I have also celebrated Hanukkah in this exact way. If we delved into the traditions around most holidays, I bet we would find any number of origins we may or may not agree with. Does this mean we should stop celebrating with family and friends all together? No. It means we have the opportunity to redefine the meaning of any particular celebration and make it personally meaningful.

  • Yes you can celebrate with out honoring God.

    That can be easily done. Here in the United States it seams that holidays, especially ones that have religious origins, have been meaning less about their giving glory to the almighty and more about commercialized "glitz an glamor." Christmas and Hanukkah have been more about buying gifts and decorating than celebrating their true meanings.

  • Why would they want to?

    Non religious people have no reason to celebrate anyway. They have no joy in their lives. How could they, without God? People only want to celebrate to get stuff. More and more stuff. It's a cultural thing that makes no sense. Christmas is a CHRISTIAN holiday about the coming of CHRIST. So why would anyone want to celebrate and worship a man coming down the chimney and breaking into your house to give you things. They end up being worthless and provide no purpose in this life. The things we own end up owning us.

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