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Should people who are not Christian celebrate Christmas?

I tire of people who claim they are atheists and non Christians celebrating Christmas, it is hypocritical to the point you are not even permitted to mention the name of the Messiah without being told to stop "being a bore". The only reason Christmas exists is to celebrate the birth of Christ (yes I bloody know the date was changed) so why do people insist on changing the name of the festival to "Xmas" and try to remove religion from it?
These ignorant shallow people can find other festivals with which to explore their boring conformist ideals. Christmas is for the Christians, it brings non Christians together also and that is the beauty of it but stop trying to steal it to suit commercialism.

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    Dec 26 2012: If you remove the commercialism from Christmas, what you have left is your holy holiday.

    Christmas has only become so commercialized in very recent history. St. Nick began as a Dutch tradition. He came to your house on Dec 3 and gave good children some raisins, nuts, and perhaps a piece of candy. Not a stocking-full, mind you, though stockings were sometimes used to hold the small treasures, and in those days, a handful of nuts, raisins, and a piece of candy WERE a treasure.

    After WWII, when American economy grew exponentially, CHRISTIANS took Christmas to a whole new level. CHRISTIANS turned it into a festival that worships the holy dollar. Malls and department stores became the holy temples of the God of Money where sacrifices (spending money) was conducted to keep the god alive & healthy.

    Researchers have concluded from historical records and astronomical observations that would have occurred during the time around the birth of Jesus, that Jesus was probably born on April 17, 6BCE. The date of Dec. 25 was chosen to attract those who worshiped Mithra. Mithra, the only begotten son of God (the sun), was born on 12/25 in a virgin birth. He spent his life teaching and performing miracles - including raising people from the dead, walking on water, and feeding a crowd from nothing. A feast was held in his honor right before he was martyred - on Black Friday. He rose from the dead 3 days later (on EASTer SUNday) at sunrise, where he ascended to his father in heaven where to this day he intercedes with his father on his followers behalf.

    Perhaps next year (now that you are less ignorant than you were when you asked your question), you will choose differently. Perhaps you will choose to forgo the pagan winter festival (that existed in MANY pagan traditions). Perhaps you will not participate in the commercialism at ANY level. The choice is yours. The hypocrisy is yours.
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      Dec 27 2012: St Nick was invented in Greece brother.

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