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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. Daleri Rileda

    Even the car comercial was getting in on bashing Christmas saying, "It is the season of reason."

    (As if there is no reason in Christmas)

    December 25, 2011 at 2:10 am |
    • travelswell

      there isn't' any reason in christmas. seriously. christians aspire to a belief. reason looks at the world and makes decisions based on that observation. this applies to moral reasoning as well. christians are told what's right from wrong, and when their conscience says otherwise, they're told to shut up and pray harder. faith is hard, you know!

      atheists start with conscience, and reason it out from there. most of what religion does, almost all of the effect it has on the world, looks terrible to a person of examined conscience.

      if there was "reason" in christmas, they wouldn't be so hysterically desperate to inflict it on the entire society. it would be a heartfelt, personal expression of actual joy instead of the public spectacle it is. if there was reason in it, people wouldn't donate money to churches and the salvation army, who skim 40% off the top to pay for their fancy meeting halls, and who still won't hire you if they think you're not straight. There's a lot of fake emotion, ineffective outpourings of misplaced charity, and general irrationality about how this time of the year is more special than others, but there's not a lot of reality that makes it so. There LITERALLY Is no reason for the season.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      Christianity is the teaching of reason.

      Saying objects made you is irrational and illogical.

      The mechanisms that function as ordered inside of us prove that we have a Maker. That is reason and logic that is untouchable.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  2. Raed Oweisi

    Jesus is a messenger of God.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:10 am |
    • GK

      Grow up man. There is no God, there is no supreme being, it is lights off once the power switches off. All this brain washing will not get you anywhere. And by the way the bible is a very poor form of literature – cannot read beyond the first 2 chapters.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      The Mechanisms that function as ordered inside of us prove that we do indeed have a Maker that we have to answer to.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      THE FEELING OF THE PRESENCE OF "GOD" CAN BE REPLICATED IN A LAB

      THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE REALITY OF HOW THE HUMAN MIND WORKS

      NO SUCH THING AS GOD

      December 25, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • kr

      GK Why would I beleive in you that there is no God? There are far more God believing people who have contributed so much in science, education, medicine, and social work than atheists. The only thing atheists have given to the world so far is communism/socialism which is a complete disaster. The saints of atheism are Marx, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, and the dead leader of North Korea. Why would I be an atheist?

      December 25, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  3. Jesus is KING

    A wonderful child was born 2000 years ago, and this was not any child, it was a child of two faithful travelers and given a gift by God into this world. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

    December 25, 2011 at 2:09 am |
    • travelswell

      Yes, we christians are totally blessed this season! And may god bless all those people who he doesn't screwover with terrible public health policy, anti-education bias and blatant discrimination. God bless everyone privileged enough to not have suffered from the touch of religious policy in their lives.

      To everyone else, sorry about the AIDS. Also, the ignorance, the child-touching, the poverty, and the overall treatment of women and gays. Oh wait... no we're not!

      December 25, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  4. Hanukkah = Anti-Christmas

    The reason why it's Holidays now much more than Christmas is because of the zionist JEWS... ISRAEL SHOULD RESPECT CHRISTMAS !

    December 25, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Eli

      Christmas is celebrated in Israel. There are hundreds of thousands of Christians in Israel. Hanukkah is celebrated less in Israel than it is here in America. What are you even talking about?

      December 25, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • Shlomo/Tel Aviv

      I live in Israel and Christmas is NOT celebrated here anywhere, and not even mentioned. No Christmas decorations. Only few Christians shops display Christmas decorations by their own risk, otherwise it's any regular month and day in Israel. Hanukkah is very minor holiday here... the reason why it's big in USA is to they compete with Christmas.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      Hanukkah is the festival of lights and Yeshua is the light of the world, He is the servant (candle) that lights all of the candles.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      Hey, Shlomo, Shalom!

      Hanukkah is a very important historical event even for Christians because there would be no Yoseph and Miriam or Yeshua without Hanukkah.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:15 am |
  5. John

    Hopefully the Christmas spirit will open the hearts of unbelievers and have them recognize the errors of their ways so that they may be saved by following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the One True Faith.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Fizzylift

      Don't drink all the Kool-Aid. Save some for the other idiots.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      Yes, that would be nice.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      @Fizzylift, Saying that mechanisms that function inside of us have a Maker is logical and rational.

      Saying that objects made you what you are is illogical and irrational.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  6. MERRY CHRISTMAS

    Psssssttt Jews HATE Christmas.... the rabbi is talking BS that they "respect" their Christian friends LOL !!

    December 25, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  7. travelswell

    no respect from atheists because there's nothing to respect. religion lies about its moral value to the world, causes misery, and stunts the ethical dialogue by pretending morals are constant values rather than processes by which we all negotiate how we treat each other and what we want the future to be like. religion is what stops us all from having honest conversations about morals, and it's what separates us from the world we live in, both spiritually and ethically. religion tells you to aspire to a belief, rather than to aspire to the truth.

    how can you have moral values if you don't even allow yourself (and others) honest observation and an honest dialogue with your own conscience? atheists see christians and members of other religions as detached from reality, and forces for immorality and destruction. what is there to respect about supposed ethics which go against our consciences, which we can't question and debate, and which are based on a deliberately, aggressively ignorant understanding of the world?

    December 25, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • Fizzylift

      Well said, but Zeus is the ONE TRUE GOD.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • travelswell

      Blasphemer! I follow THOR! GOD OF THUNDER! Does your "zeus" have a major motion picture? I THINK NOT!

      Q.E.D.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  8. kr

    The Quran according to many literary experts is a revised and distorted edition of the bible based on narrations Mohammed heard from Jews and Nestorian Christian preachers and monks whom he had encountered in his lifetime. The Jews and Nestorian heretical Christians both did not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • adamantin

      islam is not muhammad's creation. do you think todays muslims think exactly as muhammad think? no. islam has interpreted and reinterpreted by islamic scholars again and again in its life. most notable islamic "philosophers" did this job were Maturidi and Eshari and both their claims about existence and creation of man and its purpose differs extensively. so, even muhammad get his teachings from some nestorian christian (which is i agree too), islam is not just a revised christianity. to compary them you have to learn religious philosophies of both of these religions. which is you dont know apparently. sorry for the offence, but it was needed.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:08 am |
  9. Jews hate Christian holidays

    Jews are liers.... they hate Christmas and Christians but won't admitt it in public since they don't want to be hated more!! Hanukkah = ANTI-Christmas

    December 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      LIARS*

      December 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Eli

      Ah, you've finally caught onto our nefarious scheme–to ruin Christian holidays with our menorahs and potato latkes.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • Daleri Rileda

      The New Testament is the only Scripture that mentions Hanukkah.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • Benson14

      So do tell us all the lies you've heard in private.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Pol

      That's a crock! What a shame these sites are not monitored to remove comments from schmucks!

      December 25, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  10. THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

    BE WARY OF GAW. IT IS A HITLER SYMPATHIZER.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • Answer

      Already knew that 🙂

      December 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  11. CHRISTmas is wonderful!

    Jesus Christ is the reason for the season.... MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!!

    December 25, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      GETTING PRESENTS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  12. adamantin

    I will try summing up my thoughts regarding subject. I think Jesus was a man has reached extraordinary knowledge and abilities, and this makes him a prophet to our religions. His teachings interpreted as dull and dead things by church and mosques. The real and appropriate way to interpret him was a more "Gnostic" way. What Jesus teaching was philosophy, and it should be teached like philosophy. But, you know, human beings feel safer and easier when believing a concise thing. "And please, a heaven after death, because otherwise life is meaningless!" yes it is, so our social system NEEDS governments to keep our lives and societies going on. Mass suicides. Destruction of moral values systems. You cannot replace religions utility by teaching people economies of scale and economic benefits of common life&socializing and an orderly society. You cannot convince people to act rightly by just teaching them the social logic of society, maybe by teaching them analysis of social systems. You can try this by injecting these bare and nude knowledge of humanity to high schools, but if you do and raise religonless people who believe only in science; you will see that people will do anything immoral, when they are not watched out. Of course it can be tried, together with the belief of "illumination" out of this belieflessness. But this is a big big risk.

    I want to add another thing: okay, somebodies have seen that Jesus' statue in Christianity is a big barrier to reaching an another stage for our humanity. And they try to impose to people the New Age beliefs instead of our old religions, full of "love, love love and love". But this is poison. Beware. If you try to develop such a thing, be truthful, show the bad side and bad ways too. Do not be monotheistic, be dualistic and it is the only way to achieve a better humanity. Teach people how to think, and make them think and fight philosophical fights. Do not make them love bees, with dying brains inside a hollow sense of heaven in earth.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • adamantin

      ..so our social system NEEDS "religions" (edit: i wrote this part wrong in above post)..

      December 25, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • travelswell

      you've fallen for a simple lie - religion was NEVER where morals came from. They came from human reason, and the desire to do what we're doing here, and dialogue about right and wrong, until we can see a future that we can all get behind. HUMAN imagination, which changes and grows generation to generation, not a static group of rules that came from a mystic source. That's the big lie, that morals are a statement and not a process, and that humans CAN'T morally reason on our own! That's a huge, destructive, evil lie, and it hurts people every day.

      If you want to know why society can reason about ethics BETTER without religion than it can with religion, this book is made of awesome:
      http://www.amazon.com/Moral-Imagination-Implications-Cognitive-Science/dp/0226401693

      December 25, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • travelswell

      oh, and the blog doesn't like links? Well, it's by Mark Johnson, search it on Amazon, if you value your rational mind and ability to trust your own moral decisions. Ever fear that your moral reasoning might not be firmly rooted in a theory you actually respect? (that's why many turn to Gnosticism in the first place, when they should really just skip it and turn to rational atheism) This book is for you!

      December 25, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  13. ConfucianScholar

    I went to Catholic school and I hated the nuns who ran it from the get go...until I turned 13. Ever since I've loved nuns to the max.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      DID THEY LET YOU DO THEM? DETAILS. NEED MORE DETAILS.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  14. Peikovianii

    Those interesting opinions about Christmas tells us why you're alone tonight, and why you'll be alone again on New Year's Eve. Unless you're in a police lineup.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  15. Peteinsocal

    Merry Christmas! Please be safe and drive carefully because I want to say Merry Christmas to you all next year and the year after and the year after and...

    December 25, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  16. Eli

    "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 performed miracles."

    Very true. Muslims also believe that Christians are all going to hell for believing in Jesus' divinity (Qu'ran 5:72).

    So, perhaps not as unifying as CNN would like us to believe.

    Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • Raed Oweisi

      This is what you Quote from the Quran in an English translation:

      "They have certainly disbelieved who say, " Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary" while the Messiah has said, "O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord." Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers." (Quran 5:72).

      What is the problem?
      Muslims believe in God, and Jesus as a messenger of God.
      Some Chrisians take Jesus as a God, who is a human being that eats, drinks, sleeps, uses the bathroom..etc. Do you think you can go to Paradise by worshiping a human being? God makes it clear: worship Him alone without any partners and do good deeds, what is so difficult?

      December 25, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • Eli

      "Some Christians"? All Christians believe that Jesus was divine. They do not view him as "a man". Muslims do, of course, and sentence the 2 billion+ people who view him as more than that to hell. Nice god you got there, and by "nice" I mean demented.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Haemisch

      Raed: One question - if Mohammad is greater than Jesus, then why, according to Islamic tradition, was Jesus chosen to live forever, while Mohammad's bones rot in Medina?

      December 25, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  17. Raed Oweisi

    I am a Muslim and I believe in one God
    I am a Muslim and I believe in Jesus as a Messenger.
    I am a Muslim and I believe in the Bible, the original Bible sent to Jesus.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • Answer

      We're so glad that you mean the Buddhist way of life. Peace.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • Eli

      You're a bit confused there about your own, religion, buddy. In no faith (Islam included) was Jesus "sent" the Bible or any other work.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • aceblazin

      Good luck finding the Original Bible. Because that's long gone! And the Christians still believe it exists!

      December 25, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      THE BIBLE WAS SENT TO JESUS ON BLOCKS OF WOOD WHICH WERE LATER FASHIONED INTO A CROSS SHAPE, WHICH HE WAS THEN NAILED TO.

      THE MASONIC TEMPLE KNOWS ALL OF THE SECRETS OF JESUS AND YOU CAN SEE IT IF YOU LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE MAP OF WASHINGTON DC UPSIDE DOWN AND NAKED.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:09 am |
    • Reply

      People changed the original Bible.

      The Quran was revealed as a guidence to mankind and can never be changed.

      The Quran is the last revelation from God. It is a miracle.

      If you doubt it, there is a challenge to try to bring 1 chapter like it. You will fail.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  18. SierraHennessy

    Yule is the original "reason for the season". 90 percent of what Christians so laughingly call "christmas" is pagan or wiccan and always had been. Perhaps Christians will take the opportunity to educate themselves this year what this time of year, and all its trimming, REALLY mean.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • vertexpoint

      What a tradition "means" can change over time.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • Haemisch

      Again, most Christians are aware of this. There is biblical precendent for reclaimimg holidays in God's honor. God commanded the Israelites to honor HIM on the new moon feasts, not the moon god of their ancestors. Stop trying so hard to "school" us.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Eli

      Not really. Yule (or Jul) is a Norse tradition, and the northern Europeans didn't start practicing Christianity for many centuries after Christmas was established. Some say that Christmas draws from Saturnalia, the festival of Saturn. That would make more sense than the Yule thing, since Romans adopted Christianity pretty early–although gift-giving and caroling were already practiced by Egyptian and Syrian Christians before that.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • itscion

      It's getting laughable the amount of people throwing up history in a messy swirly chunck. Sierra, you are not educating anyone with your rehash of common knowledge.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • USminority

      How is decorating a christmas tree, telling your kids that santa is bringing them gifts, and feasting on pork any different from dancing around a golden calf? Christmas is not about jesus. Ask any child "what is christmas" and he will tell you what he was taught. Won't be mentioning jesus.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Eli

      The problem with the golden calf is that they were worshiping it as god, USminority. Not that they were "dancing around it". If you're talking about the Exodus story, I mean. And I think most Christian children know that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birth.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • Elizabeth

      Everyone already knows this. It's not nearly as big a deal as you think it is. Our traditions and ways of life are product of many things passed down from many many generations.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  19. From elsewhere

    why was Jesus a lucky guy?

    -cuz he got nailed three times in one night!

    Why could jesus walk on water?

    -Cuz bullshlt floats

    Why does Jesus make a bad hockey player?

    – He keeps on getting nailed to the boards

    Whats the difference between a priest and a pimple?

    -the pimple waits until your 13 to come on your face!

    a priest, a rapist, and a pedophile walk into a bar…

    -no punch line because its all one guy

    December 25, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • kr

      Mock Christ and Christianity and we'll see someday who will have the last laugh. Someday when your body is decaying and your soul is elsewhere in hell, the Christian movement will go on.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • Fizzylift

      I love the pimple joke.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  20. fearmonger

    Selling skin. Selling God. The numbers are the same on their credit cards.

    Christmas has nothing to do with God or any other religion anymore. The birthday is even wrong. This is nothing more than a consumer holiday and a hopeful kick start for the next years economy. If it isn't then I dare God to come down and set us straight.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • JC

      Nice Queensryche lyric, very true...

      December 25, 2011 at 1:51 am |
    • Haemisch

      Christmas has nothing to do with religion for YOU. Please don't speak for teh rest of us.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • VanessaTB

      Queensryche! Yeah, I caught it, too. I agree.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • The Big Fat One

      ... as the 1% rules America...

      that band was definitely ahead of its time.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • Elizabeth

      Eh, Christmas has little to do with religion for me but for many of my friends and family it is all about celebrating Jesus's birth.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:17 am |
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