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#1 Dec 20th, 2008, 22:54
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There are a lot of Christians in India, and they will be celebrating like the ones in the rest of the world. But do non-Christians also get into the spirit of Christmas in India? I know they do in the West.

Regardless of your religion, will you be celebrating Christmas at all? And what will you be doing? Or do you tend to just ignore the whole thing?
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Well, it is a public holiday, and because it's on Thursday this year, some might make it a four-day weekend.

It's certainly not as big a deal as, say, Diwali.

I'll probably spend it in a hotel room entertaining a few friends.
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That's what I kind of thought, it still makes an impact, even in the largely non-Christian countries.
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Its something to think about...

uptil recently i was pretty sure and confident that it was more the 'end of the year' hype than Christmas that really got everyone all excited.... but over the last few years there has been an influx of merchandise surrounding it , companies marketing based on Christmas..that i wonder now if its got to a point where while the history or religion does not matter , but at the same time its gone beyond being a simple public holiday...
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I don't celebrate any religious festivals, including ('my') Hindu ones.

But my wife (also a Hindu) will bring out a plastic christmas tree shortly, gifts have already been bought, a plum cake will be made at home on the 24th and christmas carols will be played on the kitchen music system while the cake is baking.


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Just goes to show how little Christmas has to do with religion anymore nowadays. It's just a celebration, to give and receive gifts. It's gone so far from Christianity and the true meaning that it makes you wonder if the names shouldn't be changed to Tinselmas or Presmas or Giftmas or LetsAllJustSpendALotmass instead. Something to think about.
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Good one Jasmin...yeah nowadays most festivals are just an occasion to take time off from work and enjoy the time with your loved ones or to travel somewhere.

Anyways Merry X-mas from India.

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Merry Xmas to you too Harsha.:-)

Notice I put 'X'mas and not Christmas. Appropriate I think.
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Thanks Jasmin...you got a nice sense of humour.

So are you doing anything excting this holiday season? It must be freezing in Canada?
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marry christmas to all to jasmine aslo
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Harsha, it's an absolute frozen wasteland here! Or sure feels like it. Exciting? No, not really. Just the usual, home with the family, Christmas dinner, gift exchange etc. We cut our Christmas tree down from the acreage at the back of the house, like every year.

It's just another holiday, like you say, but I do make an effort, just so I'm not labeled a scrooge! :-)
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And a merry Christmas to you too helper.
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so so whats your plan of christmas in canada
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Just the same as every year helper. More of a time to relax than anything else. How about you? Do you celebrate it at all?
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Originally Posted by Jasmin View Post Harsha, it's an absolute frozen wasteland here! Or sure feels like it. Exciting? No, not really. Just the usual, home with the family, Christmas dinner, gift exchange etc. We cut our Christmas tree down from the acreage at the back of the house, like every year.

It's just another holiday, like you say, but I do make an effort, just so I'm not labeled a scrooge! :-)

Wow,that makes my Christmas sound more exciting than yours. Although, it is nice to spend some time with family and exchange gifts etc. We had Christmas tree when I was living in Washington DC. Sadly, no tree this time.

Do you guys have like a big backyard with lots of trees? If yes, then you are so lucky. In Delhi, one cannot afford to have a yard or a garden.

Do not worry, no one will call you a scrooge. I am very sure that Charles Dickens did not have you in mind when he wrote the book.

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