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I want a traditional Christmas

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Shoonk, Dec 22, 2002.

  1. hey everyone;
    seeing everyone, everywhere get in the christmas mood really makes me sad.
    My family is Muslim, and we do have celebration that falls aroun the time of Christmas, but theres not the same joy or exceitemnt or decorations, or even commercialism!
    All i want for Christmas is a big cheesy traditional Christmas, with a huge tree and lots of lights, and waking up on christmas day to WRAPPED presents, and egg nog and chrsitmas dinner and all that jazz. and I'm just really really sad that my religion isnt that fun...i dont even believe in it! but my dad is liek a minister and my brothers are very religious, but *sigh* I just wanted as fun christmas this year.
    My best friend says that if I get really drunk on christmas eve i'll be too hungover to know what really happened on Christmas day, but I afterwards evberyone will ask me "Shoonk, what did you get for Christmas?" and I'll reply "I dont celebrate Christmas, therefore I dont get anything." and its not about the presents! Its about joy and cheer and having a day where you can stand your family all being together at once, and accidentaly mxing up the non-alcoholic punch with teh alcoholic punch....
    I needed to rant.
  2. WildBill


    Jul 7, 2002
    Covert for a day:D
    The way I see it Christmas isnt centered around catholisism, its an all around holiday,I see it as a day of celebrating life family and what you have, and also recieving and giving.
    Happy Holidays
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Being lazy, watching the kids unwrap presents, then sneaking off and playing my Bass, or Guitar, and/or playing records, and sipping Scotch.

    And not having to deal with annoying clients on the phone!
  4. Hmm.
    My family doesn't celebrate at all, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I tell my friends not to bother getting me anything, because I don't celebrate I won't be getting them anything. Unless I find a present that has some sort of meaning to a particular person around that time of year. In that case I use it as an excuse.

    But then again, maybe that's just me.
  5. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    my family celebrates christmas but we're not religious in any way. it's just a time for us to show each other how much we care and spend time together.

    and presents kick ass as well :D
  6. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Well there's always festivus... anyone can celebrate that... aluminum pole, airing of the grievances, feats of strength; what else do you need?
  7. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

    i can't tell you how hard i'm LOL'ing right now!!!
  8. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    I don't celebrate it. I AM NOT PUTTING DOWN ANYONE'S BELIEFS OR RELGION. I just found out that christ was probly not born on that day, Jesus told us to celabrate his DEATH, not his birth, and in the only two birthdays in the bible, someone was killed. Gee, think the bible MIGHT be putting that in bad light? and what does a fat man old man in a red suit have to do with it? SURE good ol saint nick, but why the red? the pagen fire god, who "Rode on his red sled of fire wipping his 6 mighty steeds".

    But hey, screw that crap, i'm glad christmas is around, people seem to (unless their shopping) be ALOT nicer! I think it puts peoples hearts in the right palce... or maybe not. Ignore me.
  9. :confused: So you don't celibrate Santas birthday in Islam?
  10. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    Not to be rude, just going add a little to your post. I hope you dont mind.
    Jesus was crucified, yes, but the important thing to remember was that this was the sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. And after the sacrifice had taken place, He rose from the grave.

    My family has a Christmas routine, if you will, that we go through every year. Christmas Eve, we go to church, then to grandparents and finish off the evening with looking at lights. Christmas morning we all go downstairs and open stockings and presents then have brunch with the whole family together.
  11. You could technically argue that Christmas isn't a CHRISTIAN holiday, so much as it's a Materialistic holiday, which was a sect in India, which contains a fair number of muslims....soo........

    Also, Christmas ISN'T Christ's birthday, its actually the Feast of Methrus (sp?) the pagan god of Soldiers. The Christian church, when it was deciding its holidays, decided to place Christmas on Dec. 25th because it would replace all that nasty pagan stuff and also would be an excuse for the peasants to gourge themselves in the lean winter months. It sorta took the place of Thanksgiving in the US...

    You learn something new everyday! :)

    ...not that'd you want to...but...you know...
  12. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

    OMG!!! i hope you were joking! cos that's FUNNY! :D
  13. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Christmas is supposed to be for jesus BIRTH, his first human birth. but they celebrated his DEATH, for the fact he gave his life for our sins, not because he rose from the grave.
  14. I'm Jewish, but I have realatives who are Catholic, so I go and celebrate with them. It's fun. Shnook, I bet you have some Christian friends.
  15. Stupidnick


    Mar 22, 2002
    ...my room...
    make your own christmas tree..!
    like buy a little small 3 foot one and exchange presents with friends.. Im a christian.. my parents go to overboard with christmas *frown*..
    They dont look at it like its religious though, its kinda funny.. they just wanna go see christmas lights and not let me talk to my babygurl..(who ive been going out with a year on christmas day)
    Its weird though. I mean.. My parents are really religious.. but im not too much ya know? im just kinda.. well.. hmm there..
    SHoonk.. id suggest that you get a tree.. or make one! i made one out of clotheshangers one time and painted it green and gave it to a friend .. i got christmas lights in my room too.. you might wanna try that!!! ;)
    Im sitting here listening to my new cd.. hmmm anneversary stuff is COOL! =D
    I got the new ALL/Descendents- Live plus one..
    featuring.."She broke my D***" and boy oh boy.. what a little treat to here some girl say that on a record... :eek: :eek:
    Goodluck with your family though.. If you run out of ideas.. go run and buy national lampoon christmas vacation.
  16. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I celebrate a traditional Christmas, and I am not Christian at all. It's not easy to do if your family doesn't subscribe to the belief, but because my family is Christian and my girlfriend's family is Christian, it's easier.

    Check this out: Every year my girlfriend and I go away for a week before Christmas, celebrate intimately and exchange gifts. We do the tree, the dinner (vegan), and the whole nine-yards. Then, we have a large celebration with her family, tons of relatives and kids, very festive. Then we spend a day with my family, a more "adult" celebration that's based more off of conversation, games and fun, then the big family one with kids running around. We have 3 awesome celebrations every year.

    I hope you can find a way to make it work for you.
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    WHY, WHY - I've spent many many years trying to avoid it - it is so boring! Older relations eating too much and falling asleep, somebody trying to get everybody to play a board game, eventually giving up and watching the TV.

    Getting presents you don't want and having to pretend you realy like them, being civil to people you don't see the rest of the year - fighting through crowds at the shops to buy things for people you barely know.

    I can't wait for it to all be over and get back to "normal" - so all the local venues are closed, theatres have kiddies' pantomimes and there are no gigs to speak of and everywhere there is drippy, sentimental music and nothing real or interesting.

    Roll on 5 January, when I get back to playing music and going to real gigs, instead of over-consumption and everybody pretending to like people they won't talk to for another year! :(
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Not in my experience - I have just been to the supermarket and it is full of people who are very annoyed - no car parking spaces, no trolleys - too many people in the way, food essentials selling out - like no bitter lemon!! :rolleyes:

    I hear lots of people complaining about spending hundreds of pounds on food for just one day!!

    An old guy in one of the long queues shouted "bollocks" very loudly at an assistant who wished him Happy Christmas, after he had been forced to wait longer as she had run out of change and had to wait for it to be brought round.

    People are virtually at each other's throats to get that last of the Turkey stuffing or that last parking space!! :mad:

    I was the least misrable person there!! ;)
  19. BertBert


    Nov 9, 2002
    C.S. Lewis (great Christian writer and scholar) wrote this funny, insightful, and short essay about Christmas. Check it out. (Sorry for the cheezy music in the background.)

    Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Christ and an observance of the end of the Advent. Unfortunately, as Lewis notes and others have picked up on here, it's become more of a non-celebration centered on "stuff". Thankfully some of the original intent of Christmas still comes through when we show kindness to each other and appreciate God's good gifts to us.

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