An extremely interesting question.
Christmas in the world of Christianity is a celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ, although his actual birthday is not stated in the bible. Similarly it is not known when people began celebrating the 25th of December as Christmas however it is believed that it was some time within the fourth century.
My answer to this question is yes. We all celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts with family and friends forgetting the real reason we even began to celebrate the holiday. The hard truth is that companies have bought Christmas, they bought the holiday created and image for Santa and earn millions of pounds a year which to be honest is possibly the best marketing scheme ever.
Upsetting as it is, I know Christmas has started when I see the Coca Cola adverts with their image of Santa on the vans. This is the world we live in. Christmas is no longer about the birth of Jesus Christ, it is all about commercialism. Who has the best advert? Who creates the best product? Who sells the most turkey? This is the 21st century.
To be honest I don’t see anything wrong with non Christian families celebrating Christmas in this day and age, as long as they are not celebrating it for Christian reasons. By all means celebrate the commercial version of Christmas, but if you are, for example, an athiest/agnostic family and only attend church on Christmas day then I don’t think that is right.
Christmas has lost it’s sanctity, yes, but you could argue that it is just moving with the times. Look at Halloween, formerly All Hallows Eve, all that holiday has done is move in the the next century. My point is in this century we have all been lured in by the advertising presented to us. We just HAVE to buy that Christmas pudding that is half price and celebrate the day like the rest of the world.
It has become part of our culture in Britain and in that sense I see no harm in a holiday that brings us all together for at least one day of happiness, forgetting about the heartache a lot of people face on a daily basis. I guess in a sense, we just need an excuse for time off work sometimes and Christmas is something that happens every year and we can always look forward to it.
If you are Christian you should definitely celebrate Christmas in the way you are supposed to as a sign of respect for your religion and God, that is a given, but for everyone else. Don’t feel guilty. You are only doing the same thing as the majority of the world, moving with the times and there is no shame in that.
What are your views on the topic? I’d love to hear them, even opposing views are welcome.