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« Topic Start: December 11, 2008, 08:32:38 am »

After reading the technopagan thread I began to wonder, what do the other CRs (and all other belief systems also) on this forum do for the winter holidays?

Do you celebrate secular Christmas, religious Christmas, Yule, something else or nothing at all?  Do you feel any need to 'justify' your celebrations with sources or UPG?

While there is scant evidence in celtic sources for celebrating the winter solstice/Yule, that's what we do at my house.  It's a combination of wanting to do all of the fun things that come with the holidays and some degree of UPG.  We have a tree, presents, an elf man who brings presents (we call him the Tomten).  My decorations are all suns and pictures of Newgrange and Maeshowe.  It's a strange mash of traditions.  I feel no need to justify my strange combination of ideas.  It's odd, because I'm quite a stickler for evidence and research when it comes to how I celebrate other holidays. 

I'm looking forward to finding out what others do this time of year.

Holly

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« Reply #1: December 11, 2008, 01:21:08 pm »

After reading the technopagan thread I began to wonder, what do the other CRs (and all other belief systems also) on this forum do for the winter holidays?

Holly

I'm not strictly CR, but I have CR sprinklings.  We celebrate secular Christmas here.  We go to mass with my family.  We burn a fire and stay up all night at Yule.  We make sun ornaments and hang them on the tree.  We decorate the house with holly, ivy and evergreen.  I have a little people nativity scene that the kids play with.  It was a gift from my grandparents because the kids kept playing with their (very breakable) one at their house.  Ours sometimes houses the baby Jesus, and sometimes he's the baby sun god.  My mother is converting to Judaism so we also get to light menorah candles and have latkes and read books about Hanukaah -which is a really cool story, if you've never heard it.  We're very spiritually confused -I mean diverse- at this time of year.

I think it's all good, really.  Spiritual enlightenment and education is a good thing.  Having tunnel vision and thinking your way is the only way is not so good.
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« Reply #2: December 11, 2008, 06:12:27 pm »





I spent many years in Wicca and I celebrated Yule then. But I was never comfortable with it. I grew up celebrating Christmas with my family, but it was a secular holiday. We had a tree, exchanged gifts and had dinner with the extended family, but we never went to any kind of religious services. There's just something about the whole Christmas/Yule/holiday season that rubs me the wrong way. So I've chosen at this point not celebrate any kind of winter holiday. I do have my own ideas of why I don't celebrate any holidays at this time. When people ask me about what I'm doing for Christmas, I just tell them that I don't celebrate the holiday and so far they've let the subject rest.
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« Reply #3: December 11, 2008, 09:45:14 pm »

Do you celebrate secular Christmas, religious Christmas, Yule, something else or nothing at all?  Do you feel any need to 'justify' your celebrations with sources or UPG?

My particular path is eclectic Wiccan with Irish celtic leanings. It's not "Wicca with shamrocks"... I'm genuinely trying to understand Irish paganism past and present, as well as neoPagan Druidry, and incorporate facets of that into my Wicca.

Having said that, my husband I celebrate Yule in the general Wiccan manner. We also do a secular Christmas gift-giving with our families. We've got lights up outside, and we're debating whether or not to risk a tree with our psycho cat in the house. I'd like to move our gift exchange to Yule, but I'm not sure all the mail-order gifts will be here by then.

No, I don't feel much need to justify what I do. I've kept the secular holiday traditions I always enjoyed, and added the Yule stuff to it. About the only change from my childhood is not going to church on Christmas Eve.

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Do you celebrate secular Christmas, religious Christmas, Yule, something else or nothing at all?  Do you feel any need to 'justify' your celebrations with sources or UPG?

 
Holly



I celebrate Yule but not with symbols so much. This Yule I went out with everyone in my class at school. They went out celebrating christmas, I went out celebrating Yule. Funny enough they randomly picked the exact day of Yule to go out  Cheesy. I didnt do anything else, just went out for a meal with my classmates and got drunk  Tongue
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« Reply #5: January 02, 2009, 05:37:32 pm »

After reading the technopagan thread I began to wonder, what do the other CRs (and all other belief systems also) on this forum do for the winter holidays?

Do you celebrate secular Christmas, religious Christmas, Yule, something else or nothing at all?  Do you feel any need to 'justify' your celebrations with sources or UPG?

While there is scant evidence in celtic sources for celebrating the winter solstice/Yule, that's what we do at my house.  It's a combination of wanting to do all of the fun things that come with the holidays and some degree of UPG.  We have a tree, presents, an elf man who brings presents (we call him the Tomten).  My decorations are all suns and pictures of Newgrange and Maeshowe.  It's a strange mash of traditions.  I feel no need to justify my strange combination of ideas.  It's odd, because I'm quite a stickler for evidence and research when it comes to how I celebrate other holidays. 

I'm looking forward to finding out what others do this time of year.

Holly



I celebrate a secular Christmas, mainly because of family. I also celebrate Yule/Hogmanay in a more personal, religious sense, partly because I'm glad the nights are getting shorter again, partly because I live in Scotland and it's such a big time of year to celebrate. I observe a lot of the traditions associated with the time of year, and while they're not 'Celtic', they're part of the cultural continuum for where I live.
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