Merry Christmas, Yule, Solstice, Kwanzaa, Isaac Newton's Birthday (Dec. 25, Old Style) and Eid, Finn,
On those Christmas's when I was with my grand-parents, my grandfather and I would walk up on the hill near our farm on xmas eve and cut a tree which we would bring home on my sled. that evening my grand-mother would make a big bowl of popcorn and a bowl of cranberries. My cousin and I would use a needle and thread to sting the popcorn and cranberries while my grandparents would drape a single string of lights and hang the dozen or so glass ornaments on the tree with the "angel" on the top. Then the strings of popcorn and cranberries would go on. Stockings would be hung which would later be filled with fresh oranges, nuts, a lump of coal and a silver dollar which would pretty much amount to our "gifts." On xmas day grandmother would make a nice dinner but nothing at all like thanksgiving. There was never any religious anything. On new years day it would all come down.
when I was at my parents home it was not much different other than having a few wrapped presents under the tree.
throughout my lifetime there as never been any religious thought re xmas.
. . . As many other posters have commented, Christmas is a secular holiday
as well as a Christian holiday. I celebrate both, in the same way that others