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Christmas, as a religious holiday 25 30.49%
Hanukkah, as a religious holiday 2 2.44%
Christmas, as a secular holiday 27 32.93%
Hanukkah, as a secular holiday 3 3.66%
Both Christmas and Hanukkah 6 7.32%
Another religious holiday 3 3.66%
Another secular holiday 3 3.66%
Festivus 13 15.85%
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Old 12-13-2006   #1
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Holidays, what do you primarily celebrate?

Just curious, what do you primarily celebrate this holiday season?
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Old 12-13-2006   #2
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For me its all about getting together with family and friends, but especially family. (Oh, and the Boxing Day Test and Sydney to Hobart race that start the day after.)

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Old 12-13-2006   #3
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Getting together with family and being thankful for what I have. Spending time with my Grandmother and younger cousins. I love to see the little kids be excited about Santa coming. I was raised Catholic, but I dont really practice. I am more spiritual than anything and thank the higher power for everything he has provided me with in life. I also try and volunteer some hours of my time during the Holiday Season.
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I'm in the both Christmas and Hanukkah camp. Pretty much secular too.
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When I was a kid, we always had a big family party and gift-giving on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6. Switches and lumps of coal were not unheard of, and Knight Rupert was a very frightening individual.
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What nationality is that, Joe?
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Festivus for the rest of us

... nah just your typical christmas cheer
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My grandparents were from the southern part of Baden-Wurttemburg in Germany and the part of Switzerland around Zurich.
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This year, the first Christmas with my fiancee
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Hmmm... so you're either Christian (R or S) or Jewish (R or S) or Other (R or S).

So "Other", being the vast majroity of the world, is just an afterthought without differentation?

I won't even ask what he heck Festivus is - but it must be a favorite of the pollster/poster - why else would it be up there?

BTW: does Festivus have anything to do with Druids - like that picture of Stonehenge that comes up on my monitor at the office each AM?

Or maybe its related to the Roman Saturnalia? But since the Romans stole all their religion from the Greeks - what did the ancient Greeks do in December?

And, BTW, the modern Greeks, at least the few "R" ones remaining consider Epiphany (i.e. January 6) to be the more important Holy Day.

Oh, isn't it so darned messy!

Happy Holidays everyone!
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My wife is Japanese. Thus New Years is the big holiday. Since I can't stand any of the various "holidays" I'm more than happy to go with the flow and do the New Years thing. It's an excuse to photograph the first sunrise of the year and drink special New Years sake!!!
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I thought Festivus was from a Seinfeld episode - George's father... ?

In any case, it'll be fun to see my son opening gifts from Santa but I personally agree with Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion) that religion hasn't done the human race any favors - so I guess my vote is for secularism.

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Festivus - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus
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Goodness gracious - no wonder I didn't recognize it!

I "gave up" television in the 1980's - - that, alone, has spared me from having to be culturally relevant in an unsophisticated society for almost 30 years!

Isn't television the thing people used to stare at before they started staring at computer monitors featuring "the web"?

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LOL! I just put that in as an afterthought since I mis-counted on the number of options in the poll.

However (ducking, running, hiding) it might be appropriate for one or two things customarily done on Festivus.
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After reading the Wiki page, definitely Festivus. Funnily enough I'm going to a party on the 23rd, I'll see if can incorporate some of the rituals
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I celebrate the tree being on the curb for pick up.
I've had my Scrooge on for some time now.
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Winter/summer solstice, spring and vernal equinox, full moons.
My wife is Japanese, so New Year is big.
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I used to spend the 12 days preceeding the 25th worshiping in various malls and retail outlets. I would then spend the 25th in the fetal position gently sobbing.

This year I have opted out and am really enjoying myself.

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Old 12-14-2006   #20
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Just curious, what do you primarily celebrate this holiday season?
Those with good food!
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Old 12-15-2006   #21
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I celebrate 11 days of photo-ops, uninterrupted by work..
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Not aving to do my real job is what I celebrate.

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Chrismas but I was very happy driving my son home from school listening to him explain Hanukkah to me.

We are having a fun happy season together.
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Aluminum pole, feats of strength and the public airing of grievences.

You know, just a basic traditional festivus.
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I'm a winter solstice guy because I'm sure that's where most of these holidays are rooted, so I would like to wish everyone a "Happy Solstice".

BTW: Interdenominational Solstice events are welcomed.
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"Christmas as a secular holiday"? Oy.

Merry Christmas ("Happy", for the islanders), Happy Channukah, Festive Festivus, and everything that Floats Your Boat (safely)!
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Festivus for sure. Mostly the airing of grievances.
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I more or less observe the traditional Yule - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule

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If you're Dow Jones & Co., you annoy the hell out of your employees by announcing that for the 99th straight year, there will be no Christmas party and the money instead will be given to some anonymous charity.

We celebrate Christmas and sort of Hannukah when my daughter's friends visit. That's cool. I like my daughter to have an understanding of other religions.

I don't celebrate made-up b.s. holidays. At least Christmas has some basis in reality.
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I celebrate several weeks of Christmas as a secular holiday followed by two days of Christmas as a religious holiday followed by two or three months of Festivus "feats of strength and the public airing of grievences" once the credit card bills come in. Giddy-up!
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I'm a winter solstice guy because I'm sure that's where most of these holidays are rooted, so I would like to wish everyone a "Happy Solstice".

BTW: Interdenominational Solstice events are welcomed.
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Holiday

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It passes as we watch it pass.
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For looking forward, not behind
To times gone past. On holiday,
We make each moment count
By counting nothing for a time;
Letting moments, hours, days go by
While we enjoy each other's company.
We smile and tell a bedtime story,
Sing a playful song or two,
Do something silly if we wish,
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