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what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 21, 2008 09:15PM
It seems to me that Christmas if very important to most people in the US, while Easter is somewhat a less important Holiday. I wonder why. When/where I grew up, Easter was always a holiday just as important, if not even more important that Christmas. After all, everyone is born, but only the special ones are resurrected from the dead.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: sunfalcon
Date: March 21, 2008 09:34PM
Christmas is fun, but Easter is holy. It is the central point to the whole Christian faith.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: wickedsteve
Date: March 21, 2008 09:39PM
What do eggs and rabbits or trees and gifts have to do with christianity? Seems like pagan symbolism or something. winking smiley
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: March 21, 2008 09:41PM
Yes.



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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: March 21, 2008 09:57PM
Umm, neither of the above? Passover? Ramadan? Flying Spaghetti Monster Noodley Appendage Day?
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: dochocson
Date: March 21, 2008 10:03PM
Christmas, only because of the gifts and such.

Atheist, FWIW.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: davester
Date: March 21, 2008 10:13PM
Actually, trees and gifts have nothing to do with christianity. They are derived from pagan celebrations of the winter solstice or yule. Most historical analyses I've read indicate that early christian churches tried to stamp out these celebrations then failing that simply appropriated them. Did you know that a yule log is also known as a "great ashen @#$%&"?

BTW, I like yule the best. iPhones and nice clothing is better than chocolate eggs and bunnies. I definitely don't understand where that bunny comes from.



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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: comaplate
Date: March 21, 2008 10:17PM
Christmas is far easier to push on a retail level - snowflakes, trees, gifts, babies, peace on earth, and hope. It's a commercial holiday these days as much as it is a religious one. Its proximity to the solstice makes it a good winter holiday, before the brutal months of January and February freeze all the joy out of winter.

Easter remains mostly a religious holiday. It's much tougher to "sell" a holiday that deals in introspection, sacrifice, death, and loss, with a grisly Roman execution added in, and the end result is an wonderfully intangible set of ideas. No wonder all the bunnies and baskets have nothing to do with Easter itself.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 21, 2008 10:20PM
Well, I get a break from work for Christmas...
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: March 21, 2008 10:26PM





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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: kj
Date: March 22, 2008 12:39AM
>>It seems to me that Christmas if very important to most people in the US, while Easter is somewhat a less important Holiday. I wonder why. When/where I grew up, Easter was always a holiday just as important, if not even more important that Christmas. After all, everyone is born, but only the special ones are resurrected from the dead.

Interesting thought. Where did you grow up? I've never felt either is more important, but the secular part of Christmas is a bigger deal, and we play along. I would suppose it does have to do with the commercial aspect, as someone mentioned. kj.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 22, 2008 07:15AM
yeah, behind the former iron curtain religion was suppressed mostly, so there were no mention of either Christmas or Easter on government controlled media. People continues to celebrate Christmas and Easter, and as far as I remember, it seemed that Easter was slightly more important, based on how much preparation were done before each holiday. Also Easter is always on a Sunday, which made it seem more important.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: billb
Date: March 22, 2008 07:20AM
If it's not a Monday Holiday it doesn't exist.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: March 22, 2008 09:48AM
I like Easter hate Christmas. Christmas is all about SALES...it goes on starting at Halloween. It is loaded emotionally and stresses folks out, financially and otherwise.

Easter is Spring, Pastels, Easter Egg Hunts for Children, and it is Peaceful and reflective.
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 22, 2008 10:07AM
"I like Easter hate Christmas."

So you hate the day when Jesus was born, but like when He was killed. You pagan smiling smiley
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: Blurb
Date: March 22, 2008 10:44AM
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space-time
So you hate the day when Jesus was born, but like when He was killed. You pagan smiling smiley

Now, now space-time, Easter doesn't celebrate the killing of Jesus. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, as you noted in your OP. Me thinks the fried pig brains (or lack of) when to your brain....:-)
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Re: what's more important for you, Christmas or Easter?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 22, 2008 02:40PM
I know that very well, I just wanted to make a "joke", see the smiley sight after my post?

hmm, now I need to fry some brains.
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