Are we in danger of diluting our Christmas traditions?

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Great Britain has become a multi cultural society and as a nation seems happy to embrace and accommodate all religions. However, is this at a cost of diluting our own culture and traditions?

Last week we read a report saying religious education in England’s schools needs a total overhaul to bring the subject into the 21st Century. Apparently, religious belief has changed sharply in recent years but religious education has not kept pace and needs to be overhauled to better reflect modern Britain, says the Goldsmiths, University of London, report.

In recent years the traditional Nativity Play which we all grew up with and performed in has taken on a new guise.  The introduction of aliens, pop stars and other comical characters seem to have taken the place of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, the Angel Gabriel and the Three Wise Men along with the shepherds.

A parent has branded her children’s schools recent decision not to allow them to take part in a nativity play as “ridiculous” and believes it was taken so that other religions are not offended. Abi Westson said: “I think it’s such a shame that we live in a Christian country and yet do not celebrate this festival in the way it should.”

Other schools admitted that in the name of diversity they choose less traditional Christmas plays.

So what are your views?  Are we in danger of the youngsters of today not knowing why we celebrate Christmas? Is the risk of offending other religious beliefs a good enough reason to wash over ours? Or do you think it is time to move into the 21st Century and modify our values and beliefs?

Are we in danger of diluting our Christmas traditions?

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biker babe
20th Dec 2015
1
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This was decorated above one of class chalkboards at school, "its not about what the presents are wrapped in but what is wrapped in swaddling bands" at our local church school, lots things going on before school broke up, Nativity , carols, etc & all the children are so lovely, also playschool next door & middle school all walking to church to do their Christmas carols, just as it should be! Christmas is Christs birthday & without him there would be no presents, no holiday & for me no reason to celebrate, Happy Christmas to one & all x
SheilaG4
19th Dec 2015
0
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when i was young and even slightly younger christmas was exciting, putting up decoration going out to but a tree and that special dinner!!! i never got any of the presents the children of today get, and we went to midnight mass. no shops open. and the school nativity was the best, every saying the would love to be mary etc but ending up a shepherd or even worse an animal.
and having to sit and listen to the queens speech at 3 p.m. it was pure magic and i grew up none the worse for it. today there is only what they can get, and dont really what the real meaning of CHRISTMAS is so i just let is come and go like any other day.
steveb355
19th Dec 2015
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Because of migration.
Barbara58
21st Dec 2015
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I guess you mean 'IMmigration' Steve, so I rest my case on that old chestnut. No time at Christ's time for that thanks.
AnnHar1
14th Dec 2015
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Its commercialism that is stealing our Christmas NOT immigration!! I wonder what the people in all the countries that millions of Brits have moved to think about our celebrations in their lands?? Ask your children if they teach their children the true meaning of Christmas? How many of them will attend a church service over the 12 days of Christmas? Have they tried getting their children to think what they can give to someone worse of than themselves instead of making long lists of what THEY want for themselves? ALL of the schools in this area still perform the nativity, the Asian children on my street take part too in their school along with the Polish, Italian, Chinese, etc etc the kids love it 😀 The Charity shops still have the nativity scenes in their windows here as do most shops. Where are all these places that don't do all of these things I have yet to find any I believe that this is all put about by those who would wish to create issues where there are none sadly.
thefilthycripple
11th Dec 2015
1
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Mass immigration and political correctness are destroying the country I grew up in and love
Joan Fraser
11th Dec 2015
2
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I will resist losing tradition and enjoyment of a season I love and value. My family traditions may not be the same as yours, but that's fine - each to their own.

Whilst not deeply religious, I enjoy the Christmas story, seldom if ever use the term Xmas, I use the time of year to remember family and friends both here and gone, and always feel grateful that as an old saying goes "We've not starved a winter yet"

Christmas is as valuable and important - and worthy of respect - as any festival, holiday (Holy Day), and celebration in this crazy world of ours, which involves mankind reflecting and sharing (and hopefully enjoying) x
JPCollett
11th Dec 2015
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It started a few years ago when charity shops and others started to leave the nativity scene from their windows. INCASE THEY OFFENDED other religions. Christianity IS our religion and it noway offends other religions. But now commercialism is also taking over so that many parents have forgotten the beauty of CHRISTMAS and teaching their children all about Baby Jesus.
goggles
11th Dec 2015
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I welcome all religions but not at the expense of our own we should not change or make excuses for celebrating a Christian festival neither should any person living in this country take offense .. you chose to live here suck it up!
Red Head Swift
10th Dec 2015
1
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I have a couple of different views.
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Firstly there are more and more single people in our society, particularly among us Silver Surfers. For many people Christmas is a very lonely time.
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Secondly this great burst of buying generates tax payment to HMRC. The extra money generated at Christmas trickles down to the NHS and helps us get our pensions paid.
kastna
6th Dec 2015
1
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We need right get back to the basics of Christmas. It's sheer commercialism!
Kizzey
4th Dec 2015
1
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Well as Christmas was high jacked from the pagan festival of mid winter I don't see what the problem is. If you have a religion you know the story anyway and if you are not religious you can just eat drink and be merry and hope Santa brings you something nice!
scandiman
4th Dec 2015
4
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I wonder how people from other belief systems view our Christmas. We claim to be a Christian country, yet many do not know the Christmas story, which has become swamped by crass commercialism. A large, well-known retailer informs me on their web page that 'this is where the magic begins'. Apparently the 'magic' can be bought from them. Christmas is a hotch-potch of Dickens, Santa, half understood myth and fable. I find it thoroughly confusing.
lizfid3
4th Dec 2015
6
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We need to get rid of the commercialism and return to simpler times to truly appreciate what Christmas really means but in a world of greed and grasping tis is not going to happen is it?
LynneL
4th Dec 2015
3
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We should always keep our Christmas traditions for future generations
acctim
4th Dec 2015
5
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In my opinion, Jesus' ministry is the greatest gift ever to all humankind. His birthday, like everyone's birthday is a reason to celebrate. Regardless of spiritual preference, the Christian Christmas narrative of celebration and gratitude for the bonds between us all and God, and the gift of new hope. need to be thrust to the fore again.
Munsterlander
30th Nov 2015
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I think we still have all our Christmas traditions and I enjoy Britain's multicultural society. Who doesn't like to visit a Chinese restaurant-my favourite or go to an Indian one-I have been to a lot and had excellent meals and service. Britain once had an empire and we can see all aspects of that here. There are Christmas decorations up all over London and its supposed to be the "worlds" city now so I think for sure the Christmas traditions are still strong here
tyson
30th Nov 2015
8
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There is no pleasant lead up to Christmas as the shops have destroyed that by advertising Christmas as soon as Halloween is over Or EARLIER In some cases! The commercial aspect has destroyed the true family feelings of being together at Christmas and making your own gifts with love has disappeared! It's all a money making concern now!
Alicia
30th Nov 2015
10
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We should maintain our Christmas traditions.
JohnHerb
30th Nov 2015
11
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Yes of course we should uphold our Christmas Traditions and I think we do as a nation. The vast majority of Brits enjoy the celebrations and afterall in the depths of history back in the dark ages people in the UK used to celebrate in the middle of winter as its such as glum time of year and its wonderful to look forward to feasts and jovial times. Long may it continue and of course its the most magical time of all for kids
reenie
30th Nov 2015
9
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The results of this poll says it all! Of course we should uphold our Christian traditions. Other religions should respect that.
Jo Kingham
30th Nov 2015
17
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It's bonkers in my mind. We have aliens in my grandchildren's nativity play and the story get's changed so much the real essence is lost. I'm fed up with us changing what we do to suit everyone else. This country is predominantly Christian and we should be able to celebrate our festivals as we choose and in the old fashioned traditional way. People who celebrate Eid or Diwali etc don't offend me...far from it. We are a multi cultural society yes, but we should all be allowed to celebrate our festivals and beliefs - if that offends non Christians - so be it!
lindz64
4th Dec 2015
1
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I couldn't agree more Jo, I've been with a Birthday Card website for a couple of years now where you can send 'e' cards to friends and family. I was looking at their Christmas cards tonight to send and the only greeting I could find was Happy Holiday?? I sent an email to them telling them that I was VERY offended that I couldn't send my friends/family cards saying "Happy Christmas" and would unsubscribe. You can of course find a card for "happy Eid" and I will go out and buy the cards I'm looking for, Happy Christmas!! to all Silversurfers x

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