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How to Celebrate a Strictly Religious Christmas

Here's a cool WikiHow. I've posted a link to it before, but now WikiHow lets you post entire articles to your blog, I might post a few more of my favorites.

How to Celebrate a Strictly Religious Christmas

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Tired of celebrating a consumer Christmas, and want to celebrate in a way that reflects your religious beliefs? Here's how to reform your Christmas ritual.


  1. Consider not putting up a Christmas tree. The origins of the modern-day Christmas tree derive from pagan rituals occurring during the winter months. Cross-polination of beliefs has led to the celebration of Christmas including traditionally pagan concepts.
  2. Keep your decorations centered around the birth of Christ. Avoid things such as candy canes, reindeer, Santa Claus, and similar items. Keep your household decorations more "spiritual" and relevant to the holiday. Good ideas include a nativity scene, depiction of angels, and stars.
  3. In order to instill good values of gift-giving and sharing, only buy a gift for Christ. This is figurative: Instead of purchasing gifts for family and friends, consider spending the money on gifts or donations to charitable organizations for those less fortunate. Many families also choose to donate their time, as well as money, by volunteering in soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
  4. Keep your entertainment relevant to the origins of the holiday. Avoid music and television programs that center on the more commercialized aspects of Christmas (again, such as reindeer, Santa Claus, and so on). Unfortunately, this may prove more and more difficult as time passes. Consider purchasing your own music and movies for your personal collection.
  5. Inform your family and friends early on in the year that you plan on changing your Christmas celebrations. Let them know what and why you have chosen to change your pattern.



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