View Poll Results: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

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  • Christmas

    51 80.95%
  • Hannukah

    9 14.29%
  • Kwanzaa

    3 4.76%
  • Yule/Winter Solstice/Modranect

    8 12.70%
  • Saturnalia

    4 6.35%
  • Black Friday

    5 7.94%
  • Eid

    2 3.17%
  • Diwali

    3 4.76%
  • Festivus

    10 15.87%
  • Holiday (Pastafarian)

    6 9.52%
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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I usually celebrate Christmas at my home every year but this year I am going to my mom's cabin in West Virginia. My parents had bought a beautiful cabin on a mountainside some years back and have been having it renovated over the years (our permanent home is in NC). This year, all the family is going to the cabin and the guest house there to be together for the first time in 8 years.

    Normally, Christmas at my home starts with midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Usually my friends Rachel and Sean and I get sauced beforehand to make it a little more tolerable. After about an hour of Joshua glaring down his nose at us, we slip out the back and return home for a nightcap and then bed. Early in the morning some time, I get up and set out gifts, fill stockings and start breakfast. Everyone gets up and has breakfast, opens gifts and then they get ready to go see their families while I start making Christmas Dinner for that evening. Once everything is in the oven, I sit down with a bottle of Maker's Mark and watch "It's a Wonderful Life". By the time it's over, everyone starts arriving and Rachel and I finish dinner up and set it out buffet style.

    I cannot recall anything that happens on Christmas after about 7 PM. It's usually a haze of booze, gluttony and, if its a good Christmas, some bad decisions.
    Sounds like an enjoyable tradtion. You're a Catholic, Jallman?

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by windovervocalcords View Post
    Sounds like an enjoyable tradtion. You're a Catholic, Jallman?
    Yup. I am the only Catholic in my family, too. Everyone else is, I guess you'd say, heathen.

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Yup. I am the only Catholic in my family, too. Everyone else is, I guess you'd say, heathen.
    If I'd grown up Catholic, I might be far more pro-religion.

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    christmas. kinda without the christ part, though.
    Same here. It is more of a family tradition.
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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    If I'd grown up Catholic, I might be far more pro-religion.
    I didn't grow up Catholic. I converted to Catholicism despite some mighty protests from my parents.

    I had wanted to be a priest when I was younger. I always had dreams of going to the Vatican to study Canonical Law under the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Yup. I am the only Catholic in my family, too. Everyone else is, I guess you'd say, heathen.
    I'm a born-again heathen!
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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    For the record, my favorite two holidays are:

    1) Halloween
    That's also not allowed at the Jewish Community Center. Something about it having started as a Christian celebration.

    2) Talk like a pirate day
    Tell me about this holiday, me hearty!

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    We celebrate Christmas as a family and religious holiday.

    In point of fact, it has been reasonably well established that Jesus would not have been born on Dec 25, based on the events surrounding the nativity story and the cultural norms of the time. However, it is the day set aside to celebrate this event, whether it actually occurred on that date or not.
    (the forebearance of DP's militant atheists on this subject would be a pleasant change of pace...)

    For Clan McGoshin, individual families hold their own private celebrations at home on Christmas Eve, which in many cases will include reading the relevant passages from the Bible as a family or going to a church event; spouses exchanging gifts and possibly children as well, unless they are required to wait until sunrise.

    On Christmas Day, the Clan will gather en-masse at the home of our remaining elder family member, my mother. We will number close to twenty people, possibly including some guests or more distant relatives. This will start before noon. The children will run around the house playing while the adults talk and catch up, or ready the various dishes that have been brought for dinner.

    As oldest living male of the deceased Patriarch's lineage, I will say a few words and lead the family in a prayer of thanksgiving for the birth of our Savior, and then we will all sit down and eat far too much excellent food.

    The kids will finish early and pester us to death to get to the opening of the presents. The adults will stall until we've had some pie.

    The exchange of gifts will take place, and then afterward we will have the traditional Paper-Ball fight, using wads of wrapping paper.

    Thereafter there will be much sitting around on the couch watching sports by most of the menfolk, while the women clean up and talk in the kitchen. Eventually the ladies will draft several men to carry out trash and load boxes of expended platters and covered-dishes into various vehicles, and people will begin to drift off according to their own inclinations. Possibly my niece will play the piano and we will sing some hymns or old Christmas songs, if we're so inclined.

    That's a McGoshin family Christmas...

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    Re: What winter holiday do you celebrate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    We celebrate Christmas as a family and religious holiday.

    In point of fact, it has been reasonably well established that Jesus would not have been born on Dec 25, based on the events surrounding the nativity story and the cultural norms of the time. However, it is the day set aside to celebrate this event, whether it actually occurred on that date or not.
    (the forebearance of DP's militant atheists on this subject would be a pleasant change of pace...)

    For Clan McGoshin, individual families hold their own private celebrations at home on Christmas Eve, which in many cases will include reading the relevant passages from the Bible as a family or going to a church event; spouses exchanging gifts and possibly children as well, unless they are required to wait until sunrise.

    On Christmas Day, the Clan will gather en-masse at the home of our remaining elder family member, my mother. We will number close to twenty people, possibly including some guests or more distant relatives. This will start before noon. The children will run around the house playing while the adults talk and catch up, or ready the various dishes that have been brought for dinner.

    As oldest living male of the deceased Patriarch's lineage, I will say a few words and lead the family in a prayer of thanksgiving for the birth of our Savior, and then we will all sit down and eat far too much excellent food.

    The kids will finish early and pester us to death to get to the opening of the presents. The adults will stall until we've had some pie.

    The exchange of gifts will take place, and then afterward we will have the traditional Paper-Ball fight, using wads of wrapping paper.

    Thereafter there will be much sitting around on the couch watching sports by most of the menfolk, while the women clean up and talk in the kitchen. Eventually the ladies will draft several men to carry out trash and load boxes of expended platters and covered-dishes into various vehicles, and people will begin to drift off according to their own inclinations. Possibly my niece will play the piano and we will sing some hymns or old Christmas songs, if we're so inclined.

    That's a McGoshin family Christmas...

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    sounds wonderful, and a bit like ours.

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