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View Poll Results: When celebrating Christmas, which day is more important to you?
Christmas Eve 8 36.36%
Christmas Day 13 59.09%
The day after Christmas Day (often called Boxing Day) 1 4.55%
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:35 AM   #1
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Days of Christmas

Just watching American Christmas movies and notice that Christmas Eve seems to be the most important part of Christmas in these movies..
This begs the question: When celebrating Christmas, which is more important to you: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or the day after (often called Boxing Day)?
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:12 AM   #2
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Christmas Day. Christmas Eve generally passes us by without noticing... And the day after christmas (which we call Second Christmas Day) we generally have the leftovers from the day before. It's also the day that all furniture shops, kitchen shops, and all other large showrooms are open and when you don't want to leave the house because everybody is on the move... (at least, I don't want to leave the house, because everybody is on the move )
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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With my family, since it's so scattered in the abundance of step parents, the most important day is the done that we can get everyone together. Usually the Saturday after.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:46 PM   #4
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:25 PM   #6
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In Australia, usually Christmas Day is most important.
Christmas Eve used to rush around buying last minute presents.
Christmas Day - most important day. This is when presents are opened, we feast (more often than not heaps of seafood), etc..
Boxing Day we laze around and watch the Boxing Day cricket match. Serious business, that!
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With my family, since it's so scattered in the abundance of step parents, the most important day is the done that we can get everyone together. Usually the Saturday after.
Since we lived so far away, we did that same Saturday thing when my son was growing up. When he was going to start college, I bought a house closer to my parents and his college and we started the "trying to get everyone together on Christmas Day" thing. This is a nightmare to do.

We've started the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day get togethers and started including all extended family relatives of everyone. It can be a bit crowded, at times, but we are getting to know in-laws of nieces and nephews and in-laws of brothers and sisters. Plus, one brother always brings a few extra kids (well, in their 20's now) that are friends of his kids.

I think it was more relaxing and easier to do when it was the Saturday after Christmas for our get together.

Oh, and since my mother's birthday is after Christmas, we also have a big family get together for her birthday.

So.. poll question... None... only one brother views the season as a religious holiday... the rest see it as a great time to get most everyone together <some still have to work> and visit and have a great meal.
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Since we lived so far away, we did that same Saturday thing when my son was growing up. When he was going to start college, I bought a house closer to my parents and his college and we started the "trying to get everyone together on Christmas Day" thing. This is a nightmare to do.

We've started the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day get togethers and started including all extended family relatives of everyone. It can be a bit crowded, at times, but we are getting to know in-laws of nieces and nephews and in-laws of brothers and sisters. Plus, one brother always brings a few extra kids (well, in their 20's now) that are friends of his kids.

I think it was more relaxing and easier to do when it was the Saturday after Christmas for our get together.

Oh, and since my mother's birthday is after Christmas, we also have a big family get together for her birthday.

So.. poll question... None... only one brother views the season as a religious holiday... the rest see it as a great time to get most everyone together <some still have to work> and visit and have a great meal.
I must say many Australians do not even consider the religious aspects of Christmas and keep it as a secular holiday. With the trees/presents/feasting/get-togethers, just no God or Jesus.
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In the 21st century, religion in Australia remains dominated demographically by Christianity, with 64% of the population claim at least nominal adherence to a Christian faith as of 2007, although less than a quarter of those attend church weekly.[1] Nearly one third (30%), do not identify with any religion,[1] and the remaining population is a diverse group that includes fast-growing Islamic and Buddhist communities.[2]

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Boxing Day we laze around and watch the Boxing Day cricket match. Serious business, that!
...except, of course, to turn over just before 1pm to watch the start of that little boat race that they put on, right? Well, that's us anyway.

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...except, of course, to turn over just before 1pm to watch the start of that little boat race that they put on, right? Well, that's us anyway.

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