I have lived in a heavily Jewish area for all of my life, and often ask my Jewish friends what they do on Christmas, when the Christians essentially roll up the sidewalks...... This is 95% Catholic area, so essentially everything closes down Dec. 24th at 6pm, so people can prepare for Midnight Mass (and their once-a-year church appearance).
Most popular answer: Vegas.
Chinese food and rent a movie came second.
Orlando/Disney was third with the young family types.
What do you as a non-Christian do? I know most Jews do not observe any Christmas traditions, but some Asians I know have a tree and do the Santa thing, just because it's nice.
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In the past, we've normally done the same thing we do on any other non "holiday" day throughout the year
Or, on occassion, because thats when the kids have been out on school break, we've done family vacations or cruises.
The last several years we've been invited to the home of very good friends, who are Christian, for "Christmas dinner". They're, like us, not all that religious, but we both respect each other's beliefs, and both agree that any "holiday" that brings friends and families together is a good thing.
They've also joined our family for other "traditional" holiday gatherings, such as Passover.
This year the first day of Chanukkah happens to fall on the same day as Christmas Day, so we're having the family over for dinner complete with "Latkes "(potato pancakes), gifts etc., and our friends will be having their Christmas dinner with their family.
Because of the use of a different calendar this holiday date changes from year to year. I believe next year it begins in early Dec. so we'll likely again be together for both holidays.
Coming from a mixed marriage of a Jewish Father, and a Catholic Mom, it was sort of having the best of both worlds, most of the year. But we celebrated Christmas, not Chanukkah. One year though, I did get a Star of David as a Christmas gift..
Most of my Jewish friends go to the movies..many do gather at friends homes to share in the good spirits
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A jewish kid and a catholic kid go back to school after the christmas break
so the jewish kid asks the catholic kid what he did on christmas day. "We woke up, went downstairs, saw all the presents under our tree, we opened all the presents, and they were all toys, and we played with all our toys all day long!".
Then he (the catholic kid) asks the jewish kid what he did on Christmas day. " We woke up, we had breakfast, then me and my daddy got into our new mercedes, and we drove down to our toy factory, we walked inside, and we looked at all the empty shelves, all day long!"
CC, I have a Muslim friend and co-worker who has only been in Canada 3 years (and is still getting used to the winter!). She has learned Christian Christmas traditions at the daycare, as have her children, so now they put up a tree, decorations, and have a big holiday party at home for all their friends. She just loves all the Christmas preparations at the daycare!
I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and we just stayed in and got cosy at home. It wasn't so bad except when all the kids started coming out with their Christmas gifts. And the lights were all pretty. The thing is that even a non-christmas celebrator gets a lot of the benefits along with everyone else. Its pretty, people try to be nicer, goodwill and all that. One year we went to Disneyland, some years we went to Mt.Rainier and went sledding.
This year, since Christmas and the 1st night of Hannukah fall on the same day, we are having a Hannukahmiss party!
Christian friends are coming over for dinner, which will be a mismash of latkes, matzo ball soup and turkey and dressing!
We have our Hannukah decorations (just a few) up and I've found a small ceramic tree with lights for my friends!
We plan on all talking about our holiday traditiions and the holidays themselves. Should be fun!
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Living in Alabama we are deep in the heart of the Baptist Bible Belt. As Catholics we will celebrate as we do every year. We honor the reasons for all season…Jesus. My DW made sure that all of our decorations have been up and the tree decorated. Our tree and all of the decorations bring back many memories from the past years. Tonight we will go to the Children’s Mass (as DRE my DW is in charge of the children’s play) then we will come home and open one presents (P.J.s) and then wait for Santa.
The best thing about this Christmas is that both of our boys are home…..YEA. One from college and one from the Air Force.
I pray that all of you have a Very Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy New Years.