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what's the point of Christmas?

 
 
Foofie
 
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Reply Sat 13 Dec, 2008 09:33 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

Foofie wrote:
Soon, someone will make a connection to a Neanderthal celebration.


They've a really nice Christmas market in Neanderthal. (Actually, we've passed it yesterday, but unfortunately I didn't make a photo as proof.)


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080807130824.htm

I am more interested as to whether humans and Neanderthals ever mated.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 13 Dec, 2008 09:38 am
@Foofie,
Those Neanderthals I've met clearly were humans. (But not more than some hundred live in Neanderthal.)
Foofie
 
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Reply Sat 13 Dec, 2008 09:57 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

Those Neanderthals I've met clearly were humans. (But not more than some hundred live in Neanderthal.)


You are playing with a double entendre, I assume, Holmes!
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 13 Dec, 2008 10:29 am
@Foofie,
Well, I only thought because this thread is about Christmas ...
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Thu 4 Mar, 2010 10:11 pm
@George,
the purpose of Xmas for those who run it is profit.
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JMcDT
 
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Reply Wed 22 Sep, 2010 12:48 pm
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 22 Sep, 2010 01:19 pm
Christmas has several points to it: a) it increases commerce like no other time during the year, b) it provides humans with an escape to celebrate a holiday once-a-year that's supposed to bring family and friends together, c) most countries celebrate this holiday - for whatever reason, and d) it gives consumers a good excuse to go deeper into debt.
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Another Pilgrim
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2011 01:42 pm
@existential potential,
You really ought to read this book I saw called 'The Call of Christmas on the Human Heart'. It has just about given me the Christmas spirit now, in the heat of May. I never realized just how much was being celebrated, or how much benefit came from that celebration and festivity. That guy puts significance even into snowflakes, leaving milk and cookies for the fat guy, sending cards and eating the goose or turkey. I think it would really help you see much meaning in the celebration, even as an athiest, though it is a religious holiday.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2011 01:59 pm
@Another Pilgrim,
I find Christmas to be one of the great holidays celebrated by humans all over this planet. I tends to get families together at least once-a-year, and the idea of gift exchange, at least for me, is the only drawback. Some people feel obligated to buy gifts when they are in no position to be spending on gifts. I don't get into the spirit of Christmas any more, but still enjoy this season holiday from the decorations in the stores, watching old Christmas movies on tv, and the boost it gives to our economy.
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