Originally Posted by kamilla626
OK, I'll try to make this fast and simple.
I was raised (casually, liberally) Protestant, until I was a teenager, when I was pretty much allowed to figure out my own spiritual/religous path.
I don't really consider myself to be a Christian now, but everyone in my family (parents, sib's, extended...) is Christian and we all celebrate Christmas in a big expensive commercialized chocolately cholesterol filled way!! Gift exchanges, get-togethers, tons of food, etc.
Part of me feels a little strange participating in what is essentially a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party. I just don't consider myself Christian, because I don't shape my life around living as Christ lived.
OTOH, I'm not anti-Christian. I do think Jesus was a powerful, wise, charismatic, (probably psychic) man who did a lot of cool hippy socialist things in his day. But I equally "take in" the values and teachings of other spiritual leaders as well, (including Nature itself).
Is anyone else in a similar situation - celebrating only the secular aspects of Christmas, without being truly Christian? Do you feel guilty or weird about it? Have you added or eliminated parts of "traditional" Christmas to better suit your own beliefs?