And at Christians?
Or just The Pinoy Catholic?
I do not celebrate Christmas. I did 5 loads of washing and other housework on the 25th. Happy? [What did you wash and whose things you washed? If it ain't yours and you aren't being paid to do it, and you do not even have any feelings for the owner of those things, then, yeah, you have every right to gripe. Other than that, you are just like that old man staring out of the window, griping and gnashing his teeth while the whole world around you basks in the joy of the season. All....MERRY.]
We have our own 'thing' we do so we can exchange gifts blah blah. We do it on 21st Dec so that should give you a clue. [Nah!]
I do not go to Christmas parties, as for gifts, and would go to work if I were required to (have done many times), [Scrooge?] so NO - I do not take advantage of any perks. [Good!]
The way you have put this sounds very childish. [Because this one isn't.]
Most people accept that Christmas really doesn't have that much to do with Christ, [SWS ALERT!] so they are hardly hypocrites for having a family gathering and festivities of a specific kind. [If you are in a Muslim country!]
Many of the Christmas symbolism and traditions are Pagan in origin, so I could ask 'why do Christians use pagan symbols?'
'why do Christians use pagan symbols?'
Christianity triumphed over paganism.
We started using pagan temples and converted them into Christian basilicas!
The obelisks of ancient Egypt are religious symbols of the Pharaoh and the Sun god, Rah. But these were brought to Rome and was placed in front of major papal basilicas like St. Peters, but not before a Cross was placed on top of it. Why? Again... SIMPLE. The CROSS IS VICTORIOUS OVER THE PAGAN GOD.
Ever heard of the Pantheon?
Celebrating birthdays is a pagan thing. Burying the dead is a pagan thing.
Blah blah blah...
We all do things pagans do. But does it make us pagans?
Here is the thing.
Be happy because the whole world is happy for just even 24 hours. You may think of other reasons for being happy on THAT DAY but please, just go out and share the day with others. Stop washing, ok?