Holidays

Jenni - posted on 03/25/2012 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Ok. So this is a question based on the religious, non-religious factor.



Are there certain Holidays (or rituals involved in those holidays) you celebrate (or don't celebrate) based on your religion/non-religion?

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Krista - posted on 03/25/2012

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I don't celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Or Eid. Or any religious holiday that wasn't part of my cultural upbringing.



I do celebrate Christmas and Easter, but purely from a cultural standpoint, not a religious one. My family grew up celebrating those holidays, and while I stopped going to the church services a LONG time ago, I still celebrate those holidays with family and friends.



And we celebrate Thanksgiving of course, which has no religious component at all, really. Unless your religion is "Eating So Much Turkey, Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes That You Have to Lie Down."

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Janice - posted on 03/27/2012

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My daughter's B-day is 10-30 and so Halloween will be big in our home over the coming years. I cant wait till she is old enough to have costume parties and such :)

Mother - posted on 03/27/2012

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My absolute FAVOURITE holiday is Halloween...or in my culture Samhain. My daughter and I always have a feast put on and a balefire and hand our tricks and treats out. We always dress up. We celebrate Christmas and Easter and New Years[Yule and Ostara/spring equinox]. We celebrate thanksgiving and birthdays and anniversaries. I always do something for Valentine's day. I don't "celebrate" but I always observe all the equinoxes, solstices and full moons.

Janice - posted on 03/27/2012

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Define celebrate.....



My mom is Jewish and my dad, well his parents ;), are Christian. I grew up celebrating all major holidays of both religions - Passover, Easter, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Also celebrate American holidays like Valentines Day, 4th of July, Halloween, &Thanksgiving. Now I know technically V-day and Halloween are not "American" but they are celebrated in America as if its the norm for all.



I participate in the rituals surrounding all these days now too (except Yom Kippur), but more out of tradition not because of religious feelings. I must say my daughter's birthday has been the most celebrated day in my life over the past 2 years and with my son (only 3.5 mo) it will be the same.

Stifler's - posted on 03/26/2012

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I celebrate anything that entails a day off with my partner home to relax or go away for the weekend. Holidays like christmas etc...... are just a pain in my arse.

Sherri - posted on 03/26/2012

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We celebrate the religious Christmas and Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fourth of July, Anniversaries, birthdays, New Years Eve, St. Patrick's Day, Veteran's Day .



We don't do Valentine's Day.

Johnny - posted on 03/26/2012

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Oh, I totally forgot about Halloween. How could I do that??? It's my favorite holiday. I usually throw a party and go all out with the decorations. When I lived in an apartment, I'd always go over to my parents to see all the cute kiddies in their costumes.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/26/2012

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We celebrate Christmas and Easter with the full meaning, Thanksgiving, birthdays, and anniversaries. I usually have a Groundhog Day party and cake just because February needs something cheerful! I never grew up with Halloween, but I think I'll let my son do it because dressing up is fun.



Also, Victoria Day is not really a celebration holiday as such, but we always plant the garden and party that weekend (May 24) because it's the beginning of summer. (not officially, but that's when the good weather arrives) Other yearly celebrations include the Maple Syrup Festival (at our local conservation area), Watermelon Fest (all the churches in our area), and I host a big corn-roasting party on the last long weekend in September.



I love doing the same things every year, it's really something to look forward to.

Corinne - posted on 03/26/2012

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We do Christmas and Easter but not in the religious sense. Santa brings gifts in winter, the easter bunny comes in spring. I also throw a little party for summer and autumn so each season is celebrated. We're non-religious and hate how commercial everything has become. We also do birthdays but not in a big way, the adults get a small gift and the kids get a couple of gifts and clothes and books, the kids get a little garden party with a few friends and family too.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/26/2012

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Ah yes, I forgot Valentines Day, Birthday's and Anniversaries. We celebrate all of those too....



This year I got a dozen roses from my awesome husband for Valentine's Day. Woohoo... It was sooo nice. I also buy things for our kids. Other's think I am nuts, I think I am sweet! lol My kids love it. They are also my Valentine (just in a different way). Cupid made me fall in love with them the moment I knew they were in my belly.... ;)

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i celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, valentine's day, thanksgiving, and christmas. but christmas for us is totally non-religious, haha, and it and thanksgiving are only because my husband has a big family.



other stuff, i celebrate it if i feel like it. like this year i might do easter since i have a daughter who can wear some cute little easter dress if we find one.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/25/2012

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I do Christmas and Easter because I was raised with them. I'm shopping around for more holidays because I like having more excuses to make cupcakes. I am open to suggestions.

Johnny - posted on 03/25/2012

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We do not celebrate most religious holidays at all of any religion. We do celebrate Yule at Christmastime. We grew up celebrating the secular "Christmas" but when we finally really thought about it and looked into it, we actually followed most of the rituals and took the most meaning from the things that are traditionally celebrated in Scandinavian Yule celebrations. So over the last couple years we have moved in that direction more. I do say to general people that I "do Christmas" just because so few people know much about Yule. Our celebrations are definitely not Christian in focus though. We make wreaths, decorate a live tree often with pinecones, nuts, berries, and then the usual kitsch, go a little overboard with the mistletoe, and my father does a yule log and saves the ashes for spring. And like everyone we eat too much.



We don't do much at Easter except for an egg hunt and aiming for a good brunch. It's definitely not a big deal in our family at all, we often don't even have a family dinner.



Our big holidays here are Thanksgiving, Canada Day, New Years, Lunar New Years (the best feast), and Diwali. Those either consist of big family or friends parties and celebrations, and for Lunar New Years and Diwali, also big parades. No religious component to any of those. Lunar New Year and Diwali are not from our culture specifically, but most people here celebrate them regardless, because it is mainstream here.

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I don't celebrate Easter at all. I find nothing in any of the various other reigion's springtime festivities that appealling. So I let it go.



My favorite and most meaningful day is Thanksgiving. It's a time of being with family, rmemebering loved ones, showing them and your friends how much they mean to you.



Christmas, I do the gifts and parties because that's fun.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/25/2012

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We celebrate all that we did as I was growing up, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. However, we do not celebrate with a religious meaning. We didn't when I was growing up either.



We don't celebrate any other holidays. We keep with the main ones that are cultural to our main society rather than to a religion.

Beth - posted on 03/25/2012

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My husband and I were both raised Christian, but we have moved away from most religion as adults. While we are not raising our son under any religion, there are certain cultural things in America that go along with all holidays, and we do celebrate religious holidays, but not with a religious emphasis. For example, at the end of the year, we put up a tree, and we give each other gifts. We call it Christmas, because it's so prevalent in our society. But, we're not celebrating the birth of Christ. Also, at Easter time his preschool, which is completely non-religious and very liberal (celebrating all cultures) has a "spring" egg hunt. Our rationale is that so many of these traditions do not have their roots in Christianity anyway, so there's no harm in us celebrating holidays even if we don't focus on the religious aspect associated with them. Those are the two big ones that come to mind. We don't celebrate any other typically religious holidays that I can think of. Hope this makes sense and answers your question.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2012

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i celebrate christmas and easter 9im in scotland and dont do thanksgiving here) but i only celebrate because i have a child. i certainly dont spend a fortune on adults at christmas because i think its a money making racket now.

if i didnt have my daughter i wouldnt celebrate either. its non religious as i dont believe in god whatsoever xx

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I don't celebrate Jewish holidays/other holidays specific to another religion outside of my own. ;)



I'd probably still celebrate Christmas and Easter if I wasn't a Christian, but I am a Christian so I can't say for sure. ;)

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