What does Christmas mean to you?

As I write this, the UK’s shopkeepers are bracing themselves for the last minute stampede of shoppers in search of last minute Christmas gifts. Amidst this annual spending frenzy come the accompanying complaints that we’ve lost the true spirit of Christmas.

But what does this actually mean? Is it really about the birth of Jesus Christ? Have we forgotten about the meaning of Christmas?

Clay County Democrat blogs: ‘To me, Christmas is more than just another holiday…The true meaning of Christmas is all but lost in our “me” society of today, where most people only think of ways to help themselves. ‘

Is it still a ‘religious’ holiday? Blogger, Filipino Voices thinks it’s gone beyond the birth of Jesus, saying: ‘Even when I lost belief in the Christ, who Christians assert to be the reason for the season, I never lost my love for the holidays. ‘

Do you still mark or celebrate Christmas if you’re not a Christian? This muslim blogger doesn’t, but celebrate in the traditional sense, but does mark it in her own way. Aetheists, still seem to be sentimental about the day too, as this one comments.

Get in touch to let us know what Christmas means to you.

31 Responses to “What does Christmas mean to you?”

  1. December 24, 2009 at 12:08

    Salaam guys,
    I am a practicing Muslim Shia, but I just love Christmas, I do believe that it’s a very beautiful and romantic occasion… To me Christmas is an opportunity to remember all of my loved ones who do celebrate it and show them my love and affection… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you guys and also to all of your loved ones from Baghdad, the city of pain, hope, and magic tales… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna…

  2. December 24, 2009 at 12:20

    Christmas for me is a day to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ however, I do celebrate it in different way today unlike the past.
    In Beppu, Japan where I currenly live, people are more concern with buying and selling in supper markets. At night, many converge at a beech where they carryout fireworks. When I got here in 2007, I did witness the fireworks. I did not go fireworks in 2008 and this year 2009 am not going, because I have already seen the fireworks.
    Like 2008, I am just going to concerntrate on the internet to findout how others are doing in other parts of the world.
    Back home, I used to celebrate it with my parents or with friends at which time we used to go at the church to give praises onto the LORD .
    Anyway, thank God for Christmas. For me, I will never forget the meaning I was thought and practiced. Merry Christmas to all of you.

  3. 3 Vijay Pillai
    December 24, 2009 at 13:23

    Merry Christsmas to all.When one live in a predonimantly christian country like the western world it is better ot join their celebration and make it your own. That means chelebrate like anybodyelse whether you are a muslim or hindu or any other religion.
    Thats what i would do .In a multi racial society racial and religous harmony is important and it must be encouraged with celebrations like this.

  4. December 24, 2009 at 13:28

    from my own understanding christmas means the celebration of the birth of christ 2000years ago.it means showing love and care to the needy just like christ did when he was on earth.

  5. 5 scmehta
    December 24, 2009 at 13:53

    Christmas means fun, love, passion and compassion for all the human beings.

  6. 6 James Ian
    December 24, 2009 at 14:34

    Dec 25th is my daughter birthday but other then that there is nothing else good about it, it’s just another day.

    The bad things about it are, people spending money they don’t have.
    People useing it for an excuse to get drunk and party, as if they need one.
    There are more domestic disturbances on Christmas. Brought on by the alcohol and the stress of spending of money they don’t have.
    Then there is the rise in theft and the arguments over religion.
    There are people who get mad when they don’t get the gift they wanted when they should just feel lucky they get a gift at all.
    How many people get killed in vehicle accidents over the holidays?
    Really the only thing Christmas is good for is putting money into the pockets big business?

  7. 7 patti in cape coral
    December 24, 2009 at 14:35

    Traditionally, my family has always celebrated Christmas Eve, and in my family it was a kind of double party because of my B-day. What does it mean to me? A time to get together with friends and family, remember the past year, all the funny and sad things that happened. There have been years when we didn’t have money, so we give each other practical things, like last year I fixed my sister’s fence and sprayed the periphery of her house for weeds and bugs (she isn’t very good at house stuff). She gave me a manicure and pedicure (I’m not good at that stuff). My brothers and sisters and I got together and painted my mom’s house. We like to bake loaves of banana bread to give to the local charities.

    Me and my daughter are agnostics, but we still love Christmas. I believe the origins of Christmas are pagan, but that doesn’t really matter to us. My mother is a practicing Jehova’s Witnessnow, so she no longer celebrates birthdays or holidays, but we get around it by giving her an unwrapped gift before or after Christmas. Whether we exchange gifts or not, we always eat together, laugh together, and get a little sloshed together.

  8. 8 patti in cape coral
    December 24, 2009 at 14:37

    I left out the most important thing, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

  9. 9 t
    December 24, 2009 at 17:39

    Here’s an ironic twist. Whenever I see someone saying Xmas is overrated, it’s usually in a newspaper column or a book that’s on sale for 20% at (fill in blank w/name of famous bookstore) as the PEFECT Xmas gift .

    Like the saying goes, lighten up people! With all the problems in the world, what’s wrong with having holiday fun, gifts, and parties? Stop overanalyzing and be thankful you can enjoy it. Because not everybody can.

  10. 10 Jennifer
    December 24, 2009 at 17:49

    Re: What does Christmas mean to you?

    It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus as well as spend time with your family and friends; those who mean the most to you. It is also a time to reflect on the past year leading up to the new year. A silver lining to our economy right now is that maybe more people will get back to the true meaning of CHRISTmas instead of spend spend spend presents!

    December 24, 2009 at 18:12

    I do not agree with everything said about Christmas. It’s just a holiday of which there is no record of its celebration even in the Bible. On the other hand I destest the idea of its being used to rip off society by stores who coerce you to purchase expensive useless things that they themselves do not need.
    Still, its a good holiday to meet distant friends. Tonight I have to go for a drink to find out who is around from my past and come home early enough. Am I religious, argnostic, atheist? – I do not know the meaning of these classy words clearly. Or I know is that I am no good with dogmas, fanatism. I have been accused of being political or religious/anti-religious by those who want to decipher what I may be. They only talk from a conviction that I have never felt but nervertheless those I know remain my friends. Its always good to give and be given – for this I am not bashful. This time though, I mean MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR -my gift to you all.

  12. 12 Josiah Soap
    December 24, 2009 at 18:22

    I am not a believer, but feel very strongly that this holiday should be celebrated in a religious way. The meaning of christmas should be broadcast on TV and radio shows and in the papers. Its too commercial these days, a way for people to make a quick buck, all about greed and want.

    As a non believer I think it is digusting how fellow athiests tell people there is no room for religion at Christmas. Thats what its all about, they are not forcing it on us. How about we tell the true meaning we can celebrate, but don’t have to criticise.

    I celebrated Thanksgiving while living in the USA and went to church services as a mark of resepct to the family I celebrated with.

  13. 13 patti in cape coral
    December 24, 2009 at 18:36

    It just occurred to me, is WHYS going to have a show on Christmas Day? I assumed not.

  14. 15 patti in cape coral
    December 24, 2009 at 18:43

    I thought that Christmas was a largely pagan festival having to do with the winter solstice, then the church started associating it with Christ’s birth to make christianity more palatable to the pagans. Either way, isn’t the point peace, love, charity, hope, friendship, and giving, no matter what you believe?

  15. 16 Tom D Ford
    December 24, 2009 at 19:20


    Well it is interesting that Christians changed and moved the birthdate of their “God” to coincide with the Winter Solstice celebrations of Pagans, so apparently their “God’ is a pretty easygoing fellow.

    Or maybe they realized that the Jesus Teachings are more in line with Paganism than with the Old Testament “God” of vicious revenge and punishment.

    I don’t particularly like the consumerism of X-mas but I do like the yearly reminder to be generous and kind with your friends and family and hopefully, those that the great Teacher, Jesus, called “the least of these”. I’d just like for those ideas to be spread and practiced throughout the year, to practice the Golden Rule all year round.

    Solstice Celebrations are a reminder to me that the darkness has stopped taking over and the light is returning, that even when things seem darkest, if you “keep on truckin'”, things are going to change and get better. I know that it is not always true for everyone but it a useful way for me to live.

  16. 17 chuma chizongo
    December 24, 2009 at 20:46

    its owez exam tym for me at the copperbelt university zambia. so its a day i maximise my studies coz the lib is fresh and spacious since many go out 2 gt drunk…apparently its their savours bday?! hw ironic!

  17. 18 Tara Ballance, Montreal, Canada
    December 24, 2009 at 22:07

    Christmas stopped being meaningful to me some years ago, when I realized one day that I don’t need to wait until December 25 each year in order to love other people, to give them gifts, to support charities, to see the beauty and magic all around me.

    Instead, I try to live each day as if it is Christmas, and what I have received in return is a life that is rich and meaningful every day.

  18. December 25, 2009 at 00:52

    I just comment that indeed the christmas we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ even if its not the actual date that He was born but being that its very important to spayor a certain date to think of someone who redeemed us from our sins. He is the King of Kings & He diserve honour!

  19. 20 Venze chern & boon tee
    December 25, 2009 at 03:36

    Aside from its religious context, Christmas should mean compassion, respect, trust and peace for everyone on earth, young and old, rich and poor, powerful and helpless — irrespective of colour or faith.

    It is the day of forgiving.

  20. 21 Ronald Almeida
    December 25, 2009 at 04:26

    Pass the pork !

    Chew the fat !

    And Praise the Lard !

  21. 22 steve
    December 25, 2009 at 18:55

    Argh, can the socialists stop just once? I’m Jewish, I don’t care for christmas, but for christians it’s a big day. Let them have it. I have a backbone. You should have one too. This is one of their most holy holidays next to easter. I really doubt on any topic started on Ramadhan or Yom Kippur you would allow in critical comments, such as “it was saturnia, and then they took over a pagan holiday to…”

    Let people be happy. Christmas doesn’t apply to me, yet I’m always happier, and I donate all of my spare clothes to the homeless, I step up charitable giving, etc. Just learn to be happy!

  22. 23 clive chabala
    December 25, 2009 at 19:00

    da meanin of christmas hz bn exageratd thru ot da past years n 2 b specific da new generation. i celebrate christmas 2 honour jesus who wz born n diz world 2 save us by dyn on da cros. witot hm cumn thr, a guarante of us bein n God’s presence z nt assured. so instd of mesn up u lyf, treasure it.

  23. 25 mat hendriks
    December 25, 2009 at 23:42


    Birth of the most highest Priest-Teacher-Man ever.

    Period of honour and praize Him.

    He who gave as eternal life on earth and in heaven.
    No one can compare with Him or stand even in his shadow

    The” Light of the world”, for now and ever.
    Love came into the world.

    • 26 mat hendriks
      December 25, 2009 at 23:51


      We fully aware the darknes around us,
      when Jesus for the first time let shine his light on the world,

      “the endles light”
      given for you-me for everyone.

      Thank you Jesus!

  24. 27 claudine
    December 26, 2009 at 01:37

    What means Christmas to me?

  25. 28 Brendan
    December 26, 2009 at 05:10

    The season brings falseness to mind. Yes, the Christians have taken a Pagan holiday and massaged it into one of their own though there is no evidential connection with this time of year and the proposed birth of Christ. As a Druid I am still surprised that so many forget that all Christian holidays are olde Pagan festivals.

    This is not just a time of falseness about the origins of the holiday but people who do not talk through the year are supposed to act like they are close and when people who are honest about how bad a choice the gifts are or that they did not buy something for someone else because they do not like them enough to spend money on them or because the season is supposed to be about giving things that are lasting and important such as Love and friendship and not the latest consumer must have item.

    People work so hard because they want to make this time important and then they just work and forget how to actually enjoy the time they have to spend with their families. Companies lie to kids and cause them to cry for things that have no educational value to their development and little in the way of true benefit other than a passing enjoyment. Belief systems lie to us about where the holidays come from and why we celebrate them and we lie to ourselves and others about looking forward to this time of year and all the stress and worries it brings to many.

    I prefer to give throughout the year and not make people wait until the end of the year to find out if they are important to me or not, I enjoy people getting things they will learn from and something that respects the planet instead of using so many resources but many think I am from another time due to such.

  26. December 26, 2009 at 10:08

    christmas is a period where people thanks god for what he did for every one of us and share gift to ,our love’sone

  27. 30 Ronald Almeida
    December 26, 2009 at 15:26

    The birth of a megalomaniac who believed he was every body’s god and not just his own. As every human should know he is.

  28. 31 Ralph Furman
    December 28, 2009 at 16:43

    Christmas is love and peace to all mankind. A reflexion of the mercy and kindness my savior Jesus Christ has for me. It is a time to ponder, how I can best serve mankind? It is a time to reflect on my mean and selfish ways and pray to God for hope that the goodness in me prevails.

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