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    Do you think Christmas is overemphasized?

    Christians doesn't take Christmas celebration light. In my country Nigeria, it's a period of huge expenses as one would be looking forward to impress a lot of people. Growing youths plan to make enough cash to use and gallivant during the Christmas period. Some kill lots of animals such as cows, goats, rams etc.

    To me all these things shouldn't be this way. It's merely a period of remembrance of Christ birth, the bringer of our salvation. So why all these spending by the people? What is your thoughts on this?

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    It depends in what way. I think a lot of the UK is non-religious, so when it comes to acknowledging Christ's birth it's not something a lot of us consider. It's just a holiday to enjoy and treat casually. Of course, a lot of people are Christians and treat it more seriously (though I think some are casual about it), or celebrate other holidays if they follow another religion. So, I think it's subjective. If you come to the UK you might not even hear about Jesus Christ on Christmas. Santa's the popular guy. Hell, my brother-in-law is Kenyan (higher percentage of Christians than Nigeria) and he isn't religious.
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    Yeah the commercialism has gone rampant (especially in the US), and dilutes any attempt for real meaning.

    I try to be cheaper about it myself.
    I have a little tree I leave up and decorated all year (2.5 ft tall), because I'm too lazy to take it down, lul.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    The truth is, more people get depressed during Christmas. The popular depiction of Christmas only applies to very few people. Most just fake along with it, in my opinion. Furthermore, people tend to envy other people's happiness during Christmas season. Particularly those who are frustrated with their own life.

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    I think it has become a bit of a commercial holiday but I don't really complain about that, to be honest. I am a Catholic but I don't think that the fact that Christmas has been overemphasized is a massive problem. It's actually a nice thing because of the fact that so many different people actually celebrate the holiday. I understand that Christmas should really be about the birth of Jesus, but, it's so nice to see so many people especially children from other faiths getting their own presents and believing in a person like Santa. Can I ask why the people in your country kill a lot of animals like goats and rams? Is it to eat them (which I don't see much of a problem with) or is it something to do with a tradition?

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    I've always really enjoyed the Christmas season, ever since I was little. I have really good memories of me and my brother getting home from Christmas Eve Mass and jumping straight into bed waiting for Santa. Even now, as an adult, I still enjoy certain aspects of the season. I like seeing all the decorations up, and I'd be lying if I didn't say that I enjoy listening to Christmas music (though even I agree that it's a bit excessive before Thanksgiving). Admittedly, Christmas has lost a bit of the wonder that it had when I was a little kid, but it's become more fulfilling in a lot of ways, too. It's a lot more meaningful to get a gift from someone close to you, rather than from Santa Claus, you know?

    If I had to say that any aspect of Christmas was overemphasized, I would have to say that, other than the rampant commercialism during the season, it would be the mythical "War on Christmas" that the media pulls out every December. I hate the media enough as it is, so hearing about this just gives me one more reason to avoid Facebook altogether.
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    Christmas here in 'murica? Yes. Yes it is.

    It's commercialized aspects are overemphasized, and culturally there's just an immense amount of pressure for the experience of presents, dinner, family getting together, the whole quintessential Christmas experience to be "perfect." It stresses a LOT of people out way too much, when as a holiday, it ought to be about relaxing to an extent.
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    I guarantee someone was there at the beginning of 'Christmas' hawking their wares, just as there are people doing so now.

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    I am a Christian and if it wasn't for my family keeping me in it, I wouldn't celebrate it. Everyone has different views on it. I see it as a corporate day of wasting money and fighting with your family but it has been a long time since my family did anything with tradition.

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