It’s Christmas with a capital C for me

Catholic ChristmasI was born Catholic and have remained Catholic ever since.  Celebrating Christmas in the Catholic tradition is all I’ve ever known. I love it this way.

Working in corporate for many years we were always debating what type of message to put out over the December holiday period; is it Merry Christmas with a capital C or Xmas? Is it about the holiday period in general so that all religions are included in the message? The bigger the corporate the bigger the debate I suppose.

The reality is that there are 21 major religions in the world today (via web research).

These are;

1. Christianity 2.1 billion
2. Islam 1.3 billion
3. Secular/Irreligious/Agnostic/Atheist 1.1 billion
4. Hinduism 900 million
5. Chinese traditional religion 394 million
6. Buddhism 376 million
7. Primal indigenous 300 million
8. African traditional and diasporic 100 million
9. Sikhism 23 million
10. Juche 19 million
11. Spiritism 15 million
12. Judaism 14 million
13. Bahá’í Faith 7 million
14. Jainism 4.2 million
15. Shinto 4 million
16. Cao Dai 4 million
17. Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
18. Tenrikyo 2 million
19. Neopaganism 1 million
20. Unitarian Universalism 800,000
21. Rastafari movement 600,000

About 1 billion people do not profess any religion at all.

Do Satanists still go “Christmas” shopping? I’m just curious.

The December holiday period descends upon all of us and along with it comes the pomp and ceremony of Christmas customs and traditions, predominantly driven by Christian-based themes. So, what happens to everyone else in the world? Does December just not happen then? Is the 25th of December just another day on the calendar?

As a parent, a Christian parent, the challenges over this time are hard enough navigating kids away from the clutches of expertly arranged retail displays to retain some sense of “the real” meaning of Christmas.  What happens with other religions? Is it just a bonus shopping period for the family?

Judging by the advertising over this time, the retailers don’t seem to be having such a great dilemma with the situation – it’s just Discounts, Gifting and Rewards programs being ramped up.

What does Christmas mean to you then?

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15 Replies to “It’s Christmas with a capital C for me”

  1. christmas it self is a satanists holiday it selebrates false idels and pressures people to shop, they have taken out the nativity sceane and replaced it with a shinny dead tree, taken out jesus who the holiday it supose to be celibrating and replaced him with santa, who did one good thing one year and sudenly the sun of god doesn’t matter any more, insted of nativity movies we have replaced with raudolf, people are so conserned about what tobuy and all adults are breaking them self to try to make some one happy with material items, and all children can think of is what they are getting when most of the time they dont even like what they got. i am a cotholic and i celibrat christmas but not they way society does, as far as i am concerned christmas is a joke to most, people who have no belief in god celebrating in a satanic way and dont even understand what they are doing they believe that doing all of these false motions will be the only thing that can make there children smile feel happy and special then there is something seriously wrong with you. at my house we hang up lights but no santa i dont believe in lieing to my child( on that knote do you know how meny nightmares santa causes in little kids) i teach about st. nick and what he did but we also talk about jesus and we sit infront of a nativity scene insted of a tree and we give one botten gift and the rest are home made it makes christmas that much more special and celibrate what is really supose to be celibrated. if you are wondering i am a romen catholic.

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