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@iwent wrote:

Maybe we could even try celebrating our differences?

Interestingly my experience of Malaysia is that they have this down pat. With a mix of Chinese, Indian & Malay cultures, they all seem to thrive on celebrating each others festivals.

Essex UK

Sounds great @iwent the only thing I disagree with is the lasting at least the whole of December I would extend that as it seems to start in September/October when some stores have Christmas cards for sale and others open Santas Grotto, through to the end of February when the ‘Sales’ finish.

London

I can live with that idea @iwent – brilliant!

ESW
Lincolnshire

@ESW wrote . Christmas

was about celebrating the birth of the Son of God, even if it was grafted on to an earlier pagan festival.
And
I just dislike all the commercialism of Christmas. Too often it is all about spend, spend, spend, as well as eating and drinking yourself silly…

And @Fossil wrote

It is @ESW but even the churches are decorated with Christmas Trees, or at least the ones I visit are.

I think that between the two of you, you’ve probably hit the nail on the head. The current commercialism has been grafted on to an earlier Christian Festival. But at least when the Christians melded theirs with the previous pagan festival they had the good grace to give it a new name. Here in the west we call it Christmas, and for many people that’s still the root of the celebration. But for many others it should be called something more like Black Friday, ie an excuse to persuade people to spend more of their hard-earned for the sole purpose of making the rich richer. With a side-order of making the poor feel worse about their situation.

Maybe we could look for a better name to call it. We could keep Christmas Day for those who wish to celebrate the birth of Christ, and The December Commercial Spend-Fest for the season, lasting at least the whole of December.

Last Edited by iwent at 03 Dec 23:15

ESW wrote:

I just dislike all the commercialism of Christmas. Too often it is all about spend, spend, spend, as well as eating and drinking yourself silly…

On that we can agree

London

Done both Warners & gone abroad, out of the 2 Warners was the better option, food, entertainment & company was great. Although expensive we found it very good value for money. However Portugal was also good but different, you had the weather which was warm enough to sit outside with a cocktail or two.

…and a crib along with the Nativity scene. I think we’ll have to agree to differ on this one @Fossil

I just dislike all the commercialism of Christmas. Too often it is all about spend, spend, spend, as well as eating and drinking yourself silly…

ESW
Lincolnshire

ESW wrote:

And here’s me thinking that Christmas (at least in the ‘Christian world’ ) was about celebrating the birth of the Son of God,

It is @ESW but even the churches are decorated with Christmas Trees, or at least the ones I visit are.

London

iwent wrote:

Maybe we could even try celebrating our differences?

Couldn’t agree more.

London

And here’s me thinking that Christmas (at least in the ‘Christian world’ ) was about celebrating the birth of the Son of God, even if it was grafted on to an earlier pagan festival.

ESW
Lincolnshire
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