December 24th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

'What's Christmas without chopsticks?' How other faiths celebrate December 25th

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) -
Two days before Christmas, Imam Mohamed Magid, the executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, preached about Jesus at Friday prayers.

"We live in a country with a majority of Christians, where Christmas is a major holiday... It's a reminder we do believe in Jesus. Jesus' position in Islam is one of the highest prophets in Islam," Magid said, adding that Muslims view Jesus as a prophet on par with Abraham, Moses, Noah and Mohammad.

Often when he says the name of Mohammad or Jesus in conversation, Magid adds the Islamic honorific "Peace be upon him" after his name.

"Jesus is a unifying figure, unifying Muslims and Christians," he said. The Quran, the Islamic scriptures, makes specific mention of Jesus and of his mother Mary. "It's very interesting that there are many places where the prophet (Mohammad) is quoting Jesus."

Christmas has a way of bleeding into other faiths in America.  The Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem 2000 some odd years ago is ubiquitous across the country, even if the American tradition has leaned away from the sacred and toward the secular.

Christmas at every corner can be somewhat problematic for those who are not in the estimated 246 million Christians living in the United States.  But for some faiths, the season brings reminders of their own traditions.

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Magid said Muslims believe many of the same things about Jesus that Christians do: Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, he lived a sinless life, he raised the dead, and he preformed miracles. He also said many Muslim scholars believe that Jesus will one day return to the earth, using the Christian vocabulary of "the Second Coming."

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"Certain aspects of our theology are different," he carefully notes, pointing specifically to incarnation, the Christian belief that Jesus was divine. Muslims are perhaps the most ardent monotheists in the world, making them at odds with Christians theologically over not only the Christian doctrine of incarnation, but also belief in the Trinity, that God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are three in one.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society is one of the largest Muslim congregations in the country with ties to 5,000 families in the Washington area. Some of the families do put up a Christmas tree and exchange gifts, which one member suspects is often more about cultural assimilation than religious observance.

"I think Muslims, although they believe in Jesus, they give respect to this as a Christian holiday, so they don't pretend to celebrate this in a religious way," Magid said. "A Muslim would not expect a Christian to celebrate his holiday."

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At the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery three hours north of San Francisco, there is a small Christmas tree set up near the statue of the Buddha.

"Normally we just have flowers, incense and candles, but now we have a tiny Christmas tree. It's really cute," Ajhan Yatiko, a monk in residence who is originally from Canada, said. "It's more like a traditional thing, respecting and appreciating the culture of where we live."

During the holidays, Yatiko said, "The senior monk might give a talk to the lay people which might draw parallels between the Christian faith and the Buddhist faith, as well as the differences, because I think both of those are important aspects of interfaith harmony.

"Sometimes in the West these days there's a kind of tendency to clump all the religions together and say, 'We're all climbing the same mountain,' and I think the intention there is nice. There's a harmonious intention there. But I think it's much nicer to say, 'Let's respect the differences and love and appreciate the differences of the other faiths," Yatiko said.

For the monks at Abhayagiri, life is spent in meditation, community, celibacy and work. They practice Buddhism in the Theravada tradition or the Thai Forest tradition. In their faith tradition, monks cannot handle money, grow their own food or trade, so they live entirely off of the generosity of others.

That means every half moon, about once a week, they head into town for alms rounds, where they walk around in their saffron robes with alms bowls to collect donations. The new moon this week fell on Christmas Eve.

"Everyone we see is going to be wishing us a Merry Christmas, and we'll be doing likewise," Yatiko said a few days before Christmas.

"We don't touch money and live a very simple lifestyle, so the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts doesn't work so well for us," Yatiko said.

Yet Buddhists are called to live generously at every chance, be it in material things or spiritual ones, so at Christmastime the monks bring a truckload of fire wood and a fruit basket to a neighboring Ukrainian Catholic monastery.

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"We do have some rather revered traditions for Christmas Day," said Rabbi Rick Rheins.  "I'm not sure if it was Talmudic or not, to visit the movie theater followed by a Chinese dinner," joked Rheins referring the collection of ancient rabbi teaching called the Talmud.

"What's Christmas without chopsticks?" joked Rheins who is the head of Denver's Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation of about 1,100 families.

"We acknowledge the importance of this day for our Christian neighbors and for my Christian colleagues. And so we don't celebrate Christmas as Jews, but we do thrill for our Christian neighbors," he said. Rheins said the celebration of Hanukkah simultaneously at Christmastime this year will mean he won't be bringing in any Christmas metaphors into services on Friday and Saturday.

As for the Christmas Day itself, including the popcorn and chopsticks, he said, "We encourage our members to do special volunteer work to relieve our Christian neighbors of their responsibilities, whether it's at hospitals or emergency services, to give them the opportunity to spend this time with their family and celebrate this sacred day for them.

"Christians and Jews, especially over the last generation, have really worked so hard to build bridges, not just of tolerance, but also have generated true mutual respect and cooperation," he said. He cited working to fight hunger and poverty together. "These are the expressions of a society where the differences in religion and the expressions of one's faith are less divisive than they are enriching.

"I don't think that was the case a generation ago," Rheins said.

Christmas has a way of seeping into Hindu traditions, as well. At least the tree and presents part.  "Because of the children," Uma Mysorekar, the president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America said.

"The children say, 'Oh, there's a tree in my friend's house.  Why not in my house?' So they will get a small tree, a symbolic tree," Mysorekar said.

"We do look up to Jesus as one of the deities of Christianity," Mysorekar said.

At the Hindu Temple Society of North America in the Flushing area of Queens, New York, Christmas Day will be filled with worshipers coming in and out.  Unlike other faiths, Hindus do not have a set day for communal worship.  The temple is a key part of Hinduism for prayer, worship and offerings.  Christmas will be busier because of the three day weekend, Mysorekar guessed.

Their temple even had a holiday party for the children.

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"We have a holiday party for them, and we give them gifts and tell them what it's all about.  You know the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is more or less the same, where we give gifts and we meet with friends... So the custom is very easy to relate to."

During Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, lamps are lit in celebration of good triumphing over evil.

"Apart from the religious aspect of it - the concept, theme of Christmas - I think it's very much the same all over," she said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Buddhism • Christianity • Christmas • Hinduism • Islam

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  1. Peace

    moebar – Yes I agree. However if you take one life or a million lives you go to hell......going to hell means it is a sin and forbidden.

    If you reject the faith than guaranteed eternal hell......but if you kill someone only Allah (God) can decide if it's eternal or if you are forgiven.

    Also Jewish and Christians are not viewed as "unbelievers"
    If you are born without the knowledge of Islam than you are a believer in the same category as muslims in the Islamic Faith.

    If you are born Muslim and than convert to anything else other than Islam.....than it is viewed as "turning away from your faith." But this is the same in Judism and Christianity.

    There is such a strong sense of connection of the 3 religion – it saddens me that people are soo blind!!

    Judiasm came first.....from there whoever started following Christ became Christians......from there whoever accepted the Prophet Mohammed as Allah's (God) last messenger and prophet are Muslims.

    With all the natural disaster, wars, disease, world hunger.....I think Allah, God, (whomever you believe in)...is trying to warn us.

    Also for those curious as to why Muslims take any pictures of the prophet seriously is because we pray directly to Allah (God).

    We don't keep any image or statues as we believe it is a distraction and takes the focus away from Allah (God). .....and it symbolizes pagan religion ...kind of like the Egyptian pheroh and the golden statues and the golden cows idol people made during the time Moses parted the red sea. We don't know what Prophet Mohammed looks like and don't want a image in our head which is not real.

    I hope this may have clarified any confusion people may have on Islam.

    I suggest people watch

    Ten Commandment (Judiasm)

    Jesus of Nazarath (Christianity)

    The Message (Islam)

    December 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • moebar

      you a sunni, shia, or sufi?

      December 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  2. Jesus Christ, people!

    Look. No one can pinpoint the date of Jesus's birth. Those who worship him have the desire to celebrate his birth. I don't see why it would matter at ALL what date they celebrate his birth. Since winter solstice is symbolic of death and resurrection (or perhaps vice-versa), then this time of year is as good as any.

    To the atheists:

    Experiential data is what makes many religious people believe in their religions. When something "supernatural" happens that is just as realistic as anything that one hears/sees/otherwise senses, then a person is apt to believe that it was a genuine event. And how can you blame them? SUppose sopmething like that happened to YOU. What would you do? Check yourself into a mental facility? Go see your shrink? Perhaps–and that would be fine. However, as a long-time mental health professional, I can tell you that psychotic disorders generally become symptomatic within a certain age range or under certain conditions like extreme duress. Yes, there are exceptions. But if you live a "normal", productive life and then something "supernatural" happens (such as encountering a "spirit", "ghost", "angel", etc), then you're likely to take the event to heart. It's called a "religious experience" and ONLY SOME can be attributed to electromagnetic interference and such. Things happen. Maybe something will happen to YOU one day. I was an atheist for 30+ years–and now I'm not so sure. Based on experiential data, I have to conclude that we are more than our physical bodies and that discarnate "spirits" are real. Perhaps I'm nuts, right? Well, perhaps, but I don't have any other symptoms or anomylous behavior. I'm successful, respected in my field, intelligent and creative. Remember that lack of evidence is NOT evidence of lack. When an atheist says, "There is no god", he/she is making an assertion that can not be proven. Same with the theists who insists that "God is real". One need not have a negative belief to lack a positive belief. If this is confusing to you, then go back to philosophy class.

    December 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • dre

      You are such a bad liar. You're no "professional" of anything. Just a liar. Your post is overflowing with bullshlt.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Jesus Christ, people!


      Well, what exactly did I say that is "BS", then pal? My post is overflowing with it, right? Well, go ahead and point out my errors then. Make your argument.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  3. Joseph

    It's called "Faith" Kenton. Why so bitter? Must be bored today

    December 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  4. The Phist

    I'm sure tomorrow many people will return to work with the christmas runs from all the garbage they ate today.

    December 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Puckles

    CHRISTMAS IS A LIE. Plain and simple. No one knows the date of the birth of Christ. SANTA CLAUS IS A LIE. STOP LYING to your children. Christmas promotes nothing but greed, commercialism and materialism. It is a dishonor for a true Christian to partake in such festivities.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Chrism

      Pickles, Christians know Dec 25th is just picked by the church since the bible doesn't say Jesus' birthdate. It's not a lie cause it's completely obvious and known. Santa Claus is very real. He was a bishop in what is now Turkey who believed very much in Jesus. Oh, lol, Christians don't take the Clement Moore poem literally. I do admit I have mixed feelings though and don't recommend telling kids the poem is real.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  6. deepak

    Its quite clear from the article that these so called Abrahamic monotheistic faiths view each other as blasphemy & corruption of some imagined 'pristine' faith. Only Hindus and Buddhists have takent he spirit of Christmas in a humanistic way. For Muslims it is anathema and Chritianity and Judaism are misguided faiths destined for hell, and vice versa. These religions have taken the joy out of worshiping God and replaced it with hate.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Chrism

      It's wise to say "I dont know" when one doesn't know.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  7. Kenton

    I just want you all to know that I'm more agnostic than I am atheist, but I LOVE YOU ALL! I LOVE ALL HUMANS! Jews, Christians, Muslims, Mormons, Buddhists, NO MATTER WHAT MYTHOLOGY YOU CHOOSE TO READ AND INCORPORATE INTO YOUR LIVES, it doesn't matter. We are all people and we should all live and work together to make the world the best place in the Universe to live! I mean c'mon, we have been handed greatness. We have researched other stars, planets, galaxies, and guess what, WE ARE ON THE MOST AWESOME ONE OF THEM ALL! We have water which is basically the reason for life here no matter what anyone says. However that water got here, if an asteroid full of ice crashed into us, whether a jolly magical bearded man "created" it, or whatever, we are EARTHLINGS. I love you, but do you love me if I know that your collection of myths (your bibles, curans, etc) are not literally true? And please do not say "I'll pray for you to believe" I dont want to believe in fairytales. I just want to love, live, create life to inhabit this place when i leave, and make this place better. Think about that instead of judging someone because they dont believe fairytales to be literal truths. I LOVE YOU.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • The whole world

      We all got together and decided you are a horses ass!

      December 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • NeilPeart

      Kenton, THANK YOU! That truly was one of the most beautiful and mature posts i've read here. We are ALL humans, cut from the same DNA. It behooves us to love one another, and accept each other's differences, but debate is healthy. Peace and health to you and your loved ones my friend.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • The whole world

      A matched team, now we can plow!

      December 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Chrism

      Thanks, and I love you even though you're wrong and take cheap pot shots at religion!

      December 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Kate

      Thank you, Kenton. Positivity is always better for the heart and soul than negativity, rudeness or just plain meanness. And to those who are negative, rude and/or mean, I pity you. May you find something to believe in, be it yourself, a concept or a personal mission.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  8. Johnny 5

    Merry Apollonius of Tyana-mas.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  9. lois

    this is not the true day of Christ birth day. Americans always talk about being honest. Well why you all telling kids these lies about Christ ad Fake Santa Claus. Even if it was his birthday he told no one to celebrate it. This is a selfish day, give everyday to everybody.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  10. Marti58

    ..and man created God (all of them) in his own image. We need to believe in something..thanks

    December 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • NeilPeart

      Believe in love, truth, and beauty, wherever that my lead. Even if it leads to agnosticism or atheism.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • just sayin

      if the blind lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch

      December 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Chrism

      I thank God for creating the universe and us. Merry Christmas!

      December 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  11. Iqbal Khan

    Let us now move on to the “birthday of Jesus,” Christmas. Jesus (pbuh) is commonly
    considered to have been born on the 25th of December. However, it is common
    knowledge among Christian scholars that he was not born on this day. It is well known
    that the first Christian churches held their festival in May, April, or January. Scholars of
    the first two centuries AD. even differ in which year he was born. Some believing that he
    was born fully twenty years before the current accepted date. So how was the 25th of
    December selected as the birthday of Jesus (pbuh)?
    Grolier’s encyclopedia says: “Christmas is the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ,
    celebrated on December 25.... Despite the beliefs about Christ that the birth stories
    expressed, the church did not observe a festival for the celebration of the event until the
    4th century.... since 274, under the emperor Aurelian, Rome had celebrated the feast of
    the “Invincible Sun” on December 25. In the Eastern Church, January 6, a day also
    associated with the winter solstice, was initially preferred. In course of time, however,
    the West added the Eastern date as the feast of the Epiphany, and the East added the
    Western date of Christmas”
    So who else celebrated the 25th of December as the birth day of their gods before it was
    agreed upon as the birth day of Jesus (pbuh)? Well, there are the people of India who
    rejoice, decorate their houses with garlands, and give presents to their friends on this day.
    The people of China also celebrate this day and close their shops. The pagan god Buddha
    is believed to have been born on this day when the “Holy Ghost” descended on his virgin
    mother Maya. The great savior and god of the Persians, Mithras, is also believed to have
    been born on the 25th of December long before the coming of Jesus (pbuh). The
    Egyptians celebrated this day as the birth day of their great savior Horus, the Egyptian
    god of light and the son of the “virgin mother” and “queen of the heavens” Isis. Osiris,
    god of the dead and the underworld in Egypt, the son of “the holy virgin,” again was
    believed to have been born on the 25th of December.
    139 What Did Jesus Really Say?

    December 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Chrism

      Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. it was placed on the winter solstice which is fitting and simply a way to invite and welcome more people.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  12. yeap that's right

    Hitchen was correct once again.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • NeilPeart

      Of course Hitchens was right. The man was an intellectual monster, and a master debator!

      December 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • just sayin

      He is a dead masturbator now.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Chrism

      God bless Hitchens and I hope to join him in God's heavenly kingdom some day. Hitchens was open, he wanted proof like the apostle Thomas. As a Jew, the first covenant remains available to him.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad

      Salvation has always been by faith through grace. Jesus has come and opened a door to peace and reconciliation with God. Hitchens rejected and mocked both God and Christ on a regular basis. He therefore knew of Jesus and so negated any salvation through the "first:" covenant. Since the advent there is only one way (not two) and as previously stated and as defined in the book of Hebrews, peace with God has always only been one way. From our perspective it does not look good for Hitchens, but we could not see his true heart.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Chrism

      Felix, God bless you brother and Merry Christmas. Wanted to give you a response.

      "Salvation has always been by faith through grace. Jesus has come and opened a door to peace and reconciliation with God."

      Well stated. Praise be to God!

      "Hitchens rejected and mocked both God and Christ on a regular basis."

      No argument, but Hitchens may have repented in his heart. Only God knows and only God is the judge.

      "He therefore knew of Jesus and so negated any salvation through the "first:" covenant."

      Nope, that's false and not Christian teaching. I suggest you look at Romans. St. Paul made clear despite the Jews' disobedience they were the natural branches and would be restored to the tree of life. Their disobedience in fact was known by God and used for the salvation of the Gentiles. I'd recommend too you look at some catholic websites like EWTN for a more detailed explanation. But please don't assume that. The first covenant is still valid.

      "Since the advent there is only one way (not two) and as previously stated and as defined in the book of Hebrews, peace with God has always only been one way."

      Romans is clear the first covenant is valid. Hebrews does not negate it. If there is a specific verse you have in mind please reference it and I can help explain the church's teaching on it if I'm able.

      " From our perspective it does not look good for Hitchens, but we could not see his true heart."

      Please don't speak for me there. I make no judgment of Hitchens. God alone is his judge and God alone knows his heart.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad

      When the new has come the old is passed away, but the old had always maintained the same requirements as the new. Are the children of Abraham the chosen people?Yes, but no one is born into salvation, it is up to each individual person Jew or Gentile to find God through faith in Jesus Christ, as Messiah now that He has been revealed to us or in the hope of Him under the old. I nowhere presumed Hitchens fate merely stated what is known,from all human knowledge he is gone, read carefully to avoid confusion.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  13. W.G.

    Lets be clear why we celebrate Christmas . Jesus came not only as Messiah but more than that , He came to
    save us from ourselves . Buddah never cured the lame , blind or deaf ,mohammed never raised the dead .
    Jesus said before their was a Moses and Abhaham He Said "I Am". There is no"grave of Jesus" like there
    is for buddah or mohhamed because He rose from the dead . Most of all Jesus retied the bond between God and
    Man . Jesus Could forgive sin . Only a person fully God and Fully Man could die for our sins . Moslems often make the mistake of saying The Father plus The Son plus THe Holy Spirit equals 3 Gods . When in reality it´s The Father , times
    The Son , Times The Holy Spirit , One times one times one and that equals One , One God One God Who promises
    to be with us till the end of time .

    December 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • tripe post is tripe

      tripe post...is tripe.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Jon

      The great Christoper Hitchens once said, "If Jesus could heal a blind person he happened to meet, then why not heal blindness?". Don't be ridiculous. We celebrate Christmas for presents. Christmas would have died out if it weren't for presents.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Kenton

      So frustrating when you Christians speak of your Bible as fact. It's not a fact, it's a fictional story meant to teach humans how to live good lives and treat each others with love and respect. The bible is a great thing, but it is just mythology. Only when you realize that, will you be free. Dec 25th is just an excuse to be with friends and family and IM FINE WITH THAT! But PLEASE, Christians, stop acting like an infant, you know this magical half-god Jesus is just a story to help you understand how to live your life.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • The Flamingo Kid

      You celebrate x-mas to get presents and to pretend to be religious. When most of you are NOTHING but hypocrites and do not even follow the Bible.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Chrism

      Merry Christmas WG. I'm sure God will continue to bless you for your courage to speaking the truth.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  14. Iqbal Khan

    Dear folks want to learn the history about christmas check out the following book

    (A very good Book)
    and the link is (You can also download for free)


    December 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Jim Jones

      Where is the CNN article about how other faiths view Yule?

      December 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • W.G.

      A lot of moslems try to say they know what Jesus really said but islam came 500 hundred years AFTER Christianity began .
      There were around 500 people who saw Jesus ascend into heaven many of which were still alive at the time of Pauls
      writings . Paul also said if any man preaches another Jesus other than the one we preach then let him be accursed .
      I feel sorry for Jehovas witnesses and moslems and mormans that try to preach another Jesus .

      December 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Kenton

      No one saw Jesus, ascend into the sky. There is no historical proof by any means. The only thing that says this is "The Bible". And we all know the bible is just a collection of teachings created by Jews who wanted to advance their beliefs. IT IS NOT LITERALLY TRUE, hahaha. C'mon you guys know that right? I mean, there is not even any historical evidence that Jesus Christ was ever even a human, let alone a half-god. The stories are to teach us how to live good lives, not to be taken as literal fact. Jeez, that's why they teach it to you when you're a child, so the magical character "Jesus" is actually believable.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  15. K.

    On the day of one of the most important holidays for millions and millions around the world, one of CNN's headlines is how many don't celebrate Christmas. How tacky. CNN is a bit of a Grinch.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Maybe CNN as.sumed that all the christians would be too busy celebrating their holy day to waste time on the computer, so they chose an article for the rest of us. I guess the day wasn't as special to christians as CNN thought it would be.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • just wondering

      Are you the crazy cat lady on the Simpsons? Or just the inspiration for the character?

      December 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  16. KeithTexas

    I am so sad that my name is Keith, I may be confused with the hateful Christian.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      Not to worry Keith writes with grace you write like an ass hole, you will only confuse yourself and phony atheist types.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Nah. We know that Keith by his his "fruit", like the bible says. His "fruit" is bitter poison. You seem an entirely reasonable human.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      See you sucked in tallulah 13. They don't come any more confused anywhere on the planet.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • tallulah is teh hawtness

      word to your mother, my negro brethren!

      December 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  17. maniacmudd

    oh...there are other religions???
    rick perry

    December 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • DoesNotMatter


      December 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  18. Lol

    In Soviet Hong Kong, Xmas goose avian flu cook YOU!

    December 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  19. KeithTexas

    The Trinity is a lie,

    December 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  20. Chris From Iowa

    Wow, some bitter people out there. Crack open a bottle and cook a nice meal and invite your friends over (if some of you have any) and SHUT UP for one day out of the year, how about?

    December 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Jim Jones

      @Chris from Iowa, wow, I hope you're not trying to show the love of Christ. That'd make you a hypochristian.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
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