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Holiday Diversity

What faith/religion/non-religion do you identify with or practice?  Share about holidays that you celebrate and how you celebrate

Agnostic

"In December, I celebrate Christmas in a similar secular fashion to other Americans by the exchange of gifts with family members and close friends.  There is often a family dinner.  Holiday cards are sent out earlier in the month to friends and family around the world.  There are no religious strings attached and no time set to dedicate to the prescense of any higher power; instead the focus is on making warm memories and sharing them with our loved ones."   H.T. Ellis, Adjunct Professor

Atheism

"I celebrate Christmas with my Catholic family; we open presents, have a decorated tree, stockings, and a Christmas meal similar to the foods found during Thanksgiving. On Christmas Eve we usually just watch movie and eat a lot of junk food."  Michael Terrell, Student

"Christmas and New Years. Christmas- nothing out of the ordinary, buy gifts for my friends and family for Christmas. Have a gift exchange/party with old high school friends.  New Years-Go out with friends." Steve Vas, Student

Catholicism

During the Holiday Season, I celebrate:
- Saint Nicholas on December 6th because it is a European Holiday and my boyfriend is from Belgium. It is comparable to Santa Clause; however, he arrives on a steamboat and rides a white horse. Leading up to his birthday, on December 6th, children set out their shoes and they are filled up with candy. On the night before his birthday, children set out milk, cookies, and a carrot, for the horse, and Saint Nicholas comes and brings them presents.
- La Virgen De Guadalupe on December 12th because it is a hispanic holiday. We celebrate it by attending Spanish mass, and then our church hosts a fiesta with a lot Mexican food and a mariachi band. I love attending the mass because it is spoken in Spanish and they bring the story to life. It is also neat because at the end of mass the statue of La Virgen De Guadalupe is covered in roses.
- Christmas Eve and Christmas
- The celebration of the Three Kings on January 6th. We celebrate it by attending mass. We have a family dinner, and we receive a small gift. We also wait until January 6th to take down our Christmas tree and nativity set.  Danika Smith, Student

"Family gets together for a special dinner on Dec. 24th, children sing Christmas carols around the Christmas tree. Adult members exchange presents and children go to bed early so Santa Claus could bring them the presents and put them under their beds. Adults go to a mass at midnight at a local church. Everything is quiet and businesses are closed on the 25th. Our big day is the 24th, not the 25th." J.R. Pico, Senior Lecturer

"I really enjoy being together with family and friends for a meal and other fun times throughout the Christmas season. Being with others or reminiscing about the very special persons in my life who are absent or gone is probably the most significant part of Christmas for me. I send and receive Christmas cards. I like all of the symbols of the Christmas season, but especially like those that keep Christ as the reason for the season.
I like all of the songs associated with Christmas, both the Christian and secular songs. I choose the gifts I give to be of value to the receiver. I feel that gift giving is out of control, having been propelled to that point by the all of the vendors and media who created such a thing as Black Friday."  Anonymous

"As a Catholic Christian, my family and I celebrate Christmas Day because it is the birth of Christ, the son of God, who ultimately died for our sins. We observe Advent -- the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, in preparation of Christ's birth. Every year we attend Mass as a family on Christmas Eve.
We also celebrate Christmas by putting up and decorating a tree, decorating the house, an annual cookie bake, and share presents on Christmas morning, and then have a meal as a family." Marie Radel, Staff Member

Christian

"Our entire family usually gets together for dinner.  We are trying to move away from buying so many gifts so no one feels left out.  We generally eat the traditional turkey & ham with all the fixings.  However, this year my daughter wants us to try incorporating a menu from different culture for Christmas dinner.  We are leaning towards making large taco bowls and everyone bringing a different item to fill it (Mexican food item).  We're hoping it will offer some variation and creativity in as much as getting family members to think outside of the box."  Anonymous

Christmas: "I celebrate Christmas day with my family, eating, exchaning gifts & celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!"  Bailey, Student

"Thanksgiving--turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, green bean casserole, and rolls. Christmas--Christmas eve service at church, singing carols, Christmas tree with gifts for friends and family, opening gifts around the tree while eating breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls." Dave Wallace, Adjunct Professor

"Family and friends gathered around lots of foods around a relative house." Shanique Gilliam, Student

"Christmas and New Years, getting together with friends and family, typically eat a ham and sweet treats that different families bring to the gathering." Anonymous

"Christmas: tree, reading the Christmas story, watching It's a Wonderful Life, making Christmas cookies, caroling, and going to Christmas Eve Service. " Anonymous

"Some of my holiday traditions include decorating my house in and out with Christmas decorations and lights the weekend following Thanksgiving. I also put buy and decorate a real Christmas tree. I like to watch old Christmas movies and listen to traditional Christmas music throughout December. On Christmas Eve, my family all meets for snacks and hang out with each other, then goes to Christmas Eve services at Church, and then we all go back to the house and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and eat birthday cake, and then we all open one Christmas gift. On Christmas Day, we get up and open Christmas presents and prepare homemade breakfast and stay in our pajamas until at least noon. Then we all get dressed and start preparing Christmas dinner. Our family all comes over in the afternoon and we all eat dinner together, usually open more presents, and spend time with out family. Later in the evening we all get in our cars and go look at Christmas lights in the parks and nice neighborhoods. We usually leave up our Christmas lights, tree, and decorations until the first weekend after the New Year's Day." Sarah Cannon, Student

"Christmas trees, reading the New Testament accounts of Jesus' Christ's birth, Saying merry christmas." Anonymous

"We start the first day of December with decorating the interior of the house with Christmas decorations. I used to a when I lived at home with my parents, chop down a real Christmas tree to decorate and we would decorate as a family and listen to Christmas music. I would help my Dad put lights outside of our house as well. My great grandmother used to make chocolate covered pretzels and nuts and things of that sort every year and I have carried that tradition on as I have a family of my own. Christmas Eve has always been spent with my parents and brother and sister and her family and my grandparents. Every year us kids would each get to open an ornament to put on the tree that night, and we would get Christmas pajamas to wear that night and Christmas morning. My Mom would make appetizers and my Dad would make drinks. He would also tend also fire in our real fireplace where we also hung our stockings Christmas Eve. My Mommom (grandma) would hide a pickle ornament in the tree and one of us kids would have to find it and whoever found it first got a prize (which was normally a 20 dollar bill). On christmas morning the kids would have to wait at the top of the stairs until our parents told us we could come down, then we would sit in our places around the tree and take turns opening our gifts. Once our gifts were done we would give our gifts to our parents and they would give theirs to each other. After our gifts were done we would go into the other room to find what was in our stockings which were filled with little wrapped items. After stockings were done, my Dad would make breakfast for everyone and once done with that we would indulge in our toys and video games and such for a while until our grandparents came back over to give us their gifts. We would give them theirs and then they would stay for dinner and a birthday celebration for my sister who was actually born on Christmas. All of our family would come to our house for dinner and then birthday cake and birthday presents for her."  Julie Gonzales, Student

"Traditional Christmas type."  Anonymous

"We celebrate Easter and Christmas. We normally will attend church services for both holidays and just remember the reason why this holiday is a day to celebrate/who it is for. We usually get together and have a meal also, exchange gifts, read the story from the Bible." Christa Bargerhuff, Student

"On Thanksgiving we put up our tree as a family an listen to Christmas music and wear Santa hats. Christmas eve we go to my aunts for a big family get together we have a pitch in and just snack around my favorites are spinach dip and my aunts home made Mexican wedding cake cookies. its the only time of year she makes these and I get a special batch just to take home. We then let the children open their gifts and us grand children have a grab for all over different items my grandmother gets through out the year, it also ways ends up with people wrestling on the floor for the most popular item. Which is always fun to watch, then all of us adults do our white elephant gift exchange. It is nice to see the family together laughing and having a good time. This year will be even more special to my family. My Uncle passed away the Tuesday before thanksgiving this year, it makes this Christmas so much more special in so many ways." Anonymous

"Celebration of Christ coming in human form as a baby born into poor family in very humble circumstances. He lived and worked as part of a family and part of the community. He stood up for and spoke especially for the poor and vulnerable. Ultimately, He sacrificed Himself and brought the gift of life to those who accept Him. We give gifts at Christmas time as a reminder of the gift Christ is to us." Linda Wallace, Faculty

"I will limit the topic of holidays to true holidays--holy days that are dedicated to the glory of God. Civil holidays--like Labor Day, for example, I do not consider to be true holidays. Rather, they are days that are set aside for the recognition of man's efforts. As well, my manner of celebration focuses on contemplation and thanksgiving to God.
(1) Halloween is traditionally know as All Hallows Eve, the day before All Hallows--also know as All Saints Day. All Saints Day is a day to remember those who have exampled godly virtues, and to remember that only God examples perfect virtue. It is disheartening that this holiday has deviated from its original purpose. To me, this is the holiday that marks the beginning of the Christmas season. (All Saints Eve & All Saints Day--October 31 & November 1) (2) The next holiday is Thanksgiving--the 4th Thursday of November. This is a holiday that was made for the citizens of the United States of America to remember to give thanks to God for allowing them to defend their freedom so that they are able to take care of themselves, their families, and their friends in a peaceful and independent country. Many people go to see relatives and have a large dinner to celebrate this day. I go to my mother's house. I used to see my both of my parents on this day but my father died in 1999. I go to see her out of respect for her. To honor parents is next to honoring God. (3) On December 24 & 25 are Christmas and Christmas Eve. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ--Emmanuel, God with us. This is the day that the birth of Christ is remembered. This is important because true Christians recognize that they must be saved by God and that they cannot come into salvation because of the sin that is found I everyone under God. On this day, Christians are to remember that God humbled Himself, in the form of a newborn child--Jesus Christ, and came to be among men as one of them so that they could understand that He desires the salvation of everyone. (4) The next holiday came in March or April--starting on a Friday and ending on the following Sunday. The Friday is the most sacred Christian holiday. It is the day that God sacrificed his own life so that man, lost in unholiness, might not be destroyed by the glory of God. After God had created man, man disobeyed God and could no longer be allowed to dwell in the holiness of God. god needed to protect hid holy kingdom from all unholiness--this included man and all of his disobedience. But the only one how could protect man from the wrath of God was God himself. So, God absorbed all of his own wrath--the punishment that man justly deserved. And, as a diamond is needed to cut a diamond, God was needed to absorb the full wrath of God. God died, in the person of Jesus Christ, upon the cross, so man might understand the high degree of importance of sacrifice plays in bringing forth salvation. Salvation can only come by way of the holy one, God. Man's efforts are tainted with sin and handicap him from saving himself. Christ crucified is the means to salvation. On this day families get together and gifts are often given and families meet. The gift giving is to commemorate the greatest gift of all, the sacrifice of the entire life of God. Easter is the day the God in the person of Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Easter is the day that Christians are to remember that god overcame death and helped man to begin to understand that salvation can only come by way of God."  Robert Moore, Student

Islam

"The main two events all Muslims celebrate are Eid Al-Feter which is the first day after fasting month and the other one is Eid Al-Adha and that After Aid Al-Feter by almost 70 days it depends on our calender. We mainly go to pray out side the city after sunrise by an hour or so and after that we visit and congratulate each other and give gifts for kids and eat candies. We do all those things in both Eids but in Eid Al-Adha we do something special, we sacrifice a sheep, camel, or cow because we beleive in the same day Ismail the sun of Prophet Abraham was redemption of being sacrifice by a very huge sheep." Asim Alshaikhmubarek, Graduate Student

"We have two major holidays - Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha (Eid means festival of).
EidalFitr happens right after the month of fasting, Ramadan which is the 9th month of the lunar calendar. The whole month is believed to be very blessed and a crucial part for self-discipline. The holiday at the end is to commemorate the chance to witness the great month and participate in worship.
EidalAdha happens about two months after the other Eid, and is also when Muslims go on pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj. Every Muslim has to make this pilgrimage once in their life if they can afford to financially, and if they are physically able to. While you can go to Mecca anytime, the Hajj only counts when done at this specific time. This holiday also celebrates the story of Abraham and the ram, so we also must sacrifice an animal and then distribute the meat among the hungry.
For both holidays, we get really dressed up and eat a lot of food with family and friends." Maria Ahmad, Staff Member

Jewish

Hannukah: "Lighting of the candles, with chocolate gold coins. Potato Latkes which are very delicious, and the spinning of the Dreidels." Ron Tamir, Student

Methodist

"I've always enjoyed basically thanksgiving, Christmas, new years." Kristyn Jordan, Student

"Regular Christian holidays are celebrated in my home. We gather with family and have a huge meal to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." Susan Wilson, Staff Member

Nazarene

"Christmas Eve at both grandparents houses, Christmas with family with breakfast made. Have holiday dinner. At my one grandma's house we always have someone dress up as Santa for the little kids there. My mom always makes Christmas dinner (ham, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes) for her, me, and my dad. We always watch Elf, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story every year."  Madison Kellet, Student

No Particular Religion

"My family celebrates almost every American holiday. We have dinner and play cards on Christmas Eve, open presents with immediate family on Christmas morning, and have multiple family meals throughout the rest of the day. Our Christmas gifts usually include one big item, and several smaller items. We don't spend a lot on Christmas, just because we don't believe in materialistic things." :)   Alex Corcoran, Student

Presbyterian

"My husband and I always take our children to the family Christmas Eve service at our church. The children get to play parts in the Christmas story, which I find very moving. Before they go to bed, we read the Christmas story from a children's Bible, and set out cookies for Santa and the reindeer. After they are asleep, we set out a few unwrapped gifts from Santa. In the morning, we open gifts at home and have a special breakfast casserole before going to my parents' house for Christmas." Danielle Rush, Staff Member

Roman Catholic

Advent Season - "Celebrating the advent season is a time where one should reflect on their soul in preparation for the Christmas season (the 4 Sundays before Christmas) This is celebrated with an advent wreath.  The wreath is set with 4 candles. 3 purple which represents prayer, sacrifice, and preparation, and the 3rd candle is pink that represents joy since Christmas is almost here.  Each candle is lit on the appropriate Sunday with prayers and songs.  My personal family actually goes to church on Sunday night for special services called Adoration in which we celebrate advent with our catholic community."  The Nativity Scene -  "A family will build/set up a nativity scene. It can be as elaborate or as simple as the family wants (my families takes up the entire dining room...its awesome). The key is to leave baby jesus out of the manger until christmas day and to have the 3 wise men far off in the distance. On christmas eve (at midnight) the child of the family places baby jesus in the manger to represent that he has arrived. Once Jesus has been placed in the manger, the family will move the 3 wise men closer and closer to Jesus during the 12 days of Christmas. They will arrive on Epiphany to bring Jesus the gifts."  Midnight Mass - "This is also known as a candlelight mass. This is a very special mass since we are awaiting the arrival of baby Jesus. The church is dressed formally since we are waiting for the king of kings to arrive and everyone waits with excitement for the Christmas season to officially start. The community usually arrives to the church around 11pm for caroling. Then at the stroke of midnight the announcement (done in gregorian chant) that Jesus has arrived. Then mass starts. After mass there are christmas parties into the wee hours of the morning in celebration that Jesus has arrived. Some families chose to open presents around the tree at this time. My personal family goes to bed and then wakes with a special Christmas breakfast and then sharing gifts."  Epiphany or 3 Kings Day - "Like Jesus, children will also receive small gifts from the Wise Men. Children prepare a box with grass or hay for the camels of the wise men and place them under the parents bed the night before. The morning of, the Wise Men should be placed next to jesus in the nativity scene and the children can go and find what the 3 kings have brought them. (This celebration is usually only done in Latin American countries). A special mass is offered this day as well." Sofia Stout, Student

"Celebration occurs usually around end of January and begining of February, we eat rice cake, sending out lucky money in red envelopes and saying words of wisdom." Khoi Nguyen, Student

"Shrimp on Christmas eve, we also have nacho cheese dips and nachos, we will attend Mass on Christmas eve. We always open one gift on Christmas eve, and the rest arrive on Christmas morning. Even as an adult not to many get under the Christmas tree. Christmas day is Ham and Cheese potatoes and calls to family in Denver CO. and Rice Lake WI." Margie Weight, Student

Secular Humanist

"Growing up in Indiana, I was raised with new Christian traditions, most being adopted pagan traditions. We celebrate Christmas like most everyone else does, we love being with family and friends. We put up our tree and decorate the house in Yuletide fashion. It's really a pretty jolly and secular time. It's all about family and friends for us."  Mike Glassburn, Staff Member

Southern Baptist

"Christmas- Greeting: Merry Christmas
Food: Soppy Joes, Tater Tots, Cheese Ball, Cherry Cheese Cake.
Traditions: put up fake Christmas tree, burn cinnamon candles, put up lights, put up Christmas nick-knacks" Jill Powell, Student

What is one thing you would want others to know about your belief system and/or holiday traditions and how are you planning to spend your winter break this year?

Agnostic

"They have the intention of warmth behind them and should not be seen as a threat to the Christian religion. The purpose is to spread cheer and enjoy the little time we often have with the people we care about the most.

Indulging in hobbies, resting, reading, spending time with friends/family, preparing for next semester." H.T. Ellis, Adjunct Professor

Atheism

"Atheists can celebrate Christmas. Christmas isn't about the birth of Jesus to us, it's about spending time with family and sharing stories."

"I will celebrate Christmas, but mostly stay inside where it is warm." Michael Terrell, Student

"I don't really have a belief system, but rather an absence of one. I don't care what one believes as long as they aren't trying to push their beliefs/faith on me. I'll be spending break hanging out with friends and family/ doing nothing school related." Steve Vas, Student

Catholicism

"I'm not sure, but I would tell people to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to celebrations and traditions. I love experiencing and learning about other cultures.  I'll spend my break time at home." Danika Smith, Student

"It is very family oriented and a very happy time. Everybody wears something new and all families play music and dance until midnight. Close neighbors sometimes exchange different types of food as a token of friendship and gratitude.  I will spend my break with my daughter and my family in Colombia." J.R. Pico, Senior Lecturer

"It is okay to say "Merry Christmas" to me. I am having Christmas and New Years with my close and extended family by going to church together, having meals together, and exchanging gifts." Anonymous

"Here is what I believe to be true about the true reason we celebrate Christmas: www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2:1-20

The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  I'll be celebrating Christmas with family and traveling to New Orleans to be with family there as well." Marie Radel, Staff Member

Christian

"I believe the Christmas season is for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ so you shouldn't feel bad if you can't buy a ton of gifts to put under your tree. Encourage your family to embrace the real reason for the season and not the retail version of the season. Embrace, Love, and Appreciate your family; not just during this season, but all year. This way you can appreciate your time home for the holidays and not stress about what you don't have or can't do.  I will spend my break with my family." Anonymous

"My belief system of holiday tradition is based on the birth of babyJesus who came to Earth to die just thirty three years later on the cross for our salvation! I will be at home with family & also traveling with friends to Atlanta, Georgia for Passion!" Bailey, Student

"Christ came to give a gift to ALL of us. It is our decision to accept His gift or not. I will spend my break in Florida with the kids."  Dave Wallace, Adjunct Professor

"It's about the birth of Jesus our savior.  I will spend my break relaxing and spending time with family." Shanique Gilliam, Student

"It's not about the gifts under neath the tree; it's about the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ. I will spend my break skiing up north with friends, volunteering at the rescue mission, helping out with church, and spending time with family." Anonymous

"How do they celebrate? I will spend my break woriking and with family." Anonymous

"Celebrating Jesus's birthday, spending time with family, good food, and lots of holiday cheer are the biggest traditions in my family.  I will spend by break time with family." Sarah Cannon, Student

"Saying "Merry Christmas" as apposed to "happy holidays" shouldn't and doesn't need to be seen as offensive or shoving the christian faith down other's throats. I think that if you don't celebrate Christmas, then just respond with what YOU believe or celebrate, but no one should be told they cannot say Merry Christmas because it might offend someone. I will spend my break working."  Anonymous

"My parents made the holidays so special for us. Not just because we recieved great gifts but because of the memories we made and the traditions that they have instilled in me of which now I practice with my own family. It is a magical feeling to be able to take what made my holiday so special and pass that on a be able to see the joy in my son and my family when I do what my parents did. I am from New Jersey, so my family and I will be traveling there to be able to spend the holiday with my family." Julie Gonzales, Student

"Everyone believes different, even in the same church. I will spend my break hopefully on vacation."  Anonymous

"Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ.  I'll spend my break with family, at church." Anonymous

"My beliefs are that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are no denominations to it, no specific rules like: you have to wear dresses or take communion every Sunday. It's a relationship. You read the Bible, the Word God has given to all of us, spend time talking with and sharing Jesus with others. I plan to spend my break with family and friends relaxing/enjoying each others company." Christa Bargerhuff, Student

"I am a Christian, but no matter what religion you are, just be thankful for your family and friends and let them know that you love them. The holiday season isn't about the presents, tree or decorations its about sharing the love in your heart and letting people know you care about them. Remember even through out the year let people know you love them cherish the moments you have with them. Don't judge and cast people aside because they are different then you or have different beliefs then you. Show them love accept them for who they are. It is not our place to tell them they are wrong and don't belong. Our job from the lord is to spread love. My Christmas wish is for everyone to treat people with love like they do around the holiday season all year around. I'll be spending my break working and spending time with family." Anonymous

"I understand that others do not hold my beliefs. Not everyone agrees with me and I don't agree with everyone else. I respect the rights of others to believe their way and expect others to respect my beliefs. I often send cards to people of other faiths in line with their beliefs. I would not feel disrespected to get a card from someone of another faith based on their faith tradition. In fact I would be honored that they chose to share with me. I prefer diversity of thought to the expectation that we all agree on everything. Innovation comes from diverse thought, not sameness. With that said, I believe conversations and actions should always be respectful and caring.  I'll be spending my break Celebrating/ Worshiping Christ and will spend about a week with children and grandchildren at our daughter's home in Florida." Linda Wallace, Faculty

"Salvation can only come from God and it is a gift that is freely given. man must realize that because of his own corruption that he will never fully accept the salvation offered by God. To overcome this problem, man must completely surrender to the will if God in order to be saved. I will be with family and friends over break." Robert Moore, Student

Islam

"Before we pray for Eid Al-Feter we must give specific amount of food, based on your family members, for poor people. Also on Eid Al-Adha we should give poor people some of the meat from animal we are sacrificing in the Eid. The point is to part of the community to care about other people needs as well as being thankful for God for having all the food and oth things other people might don't have them. I will spend my break studying maybe visiting some of my friends in another state." Asim Alshaikhmubarek, Graduate Student

"I don't "celebrate" Christmas but I do love Jesus, as he is a revered prophet and messenger in Islam. I wouldn't get offended if you wish me a Merry Christmas but I don't celebrate Christmas. I'll spend my break By preparing to deliver a baby girl, so aka resting and napping."  Maria Ahmad, Staff Member

Jewish

"Surprisingly, the spinning of the dreidels is actually a fun betting game. There are 4 sides with a letter in hebrew, and everyone calls out which letter they think the dreidel will fall on. Almost like rolling a dice or flipping a coin. I will spend my break with family or visiting friends." Ron Tamir, Student

Methodist

"As long as I have been a live I never really went to church on daily basis. When I moved to Indiana I have particularly took practice in going to Christmas services on Christmas eve. I think that is the time I can actually talk to god. Even now I have my husband go with me every year. I will spend my break working and speading time with my family."  Kristyn Jordon, Student

"That all things are possible through Jesus Christ our Lord. Whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.  I will spend my break with family & friends, Church."  Susan Wilson, Staff Member

Nazarene

"My holiday traditions are based on spending time with family and enjoying that time off. I love being able to see family that I don't get to see often especially being away at school. I will spend my break with my family." Madison Kellett, Student

No Particular Religion

"My family doesn't believe in spending thousands of dollars on Christmas gifts. Spending time with family is enough of a blessing! I will spend time with family and working!" Alex Corcoran, Student

Presbyterian

"When I wish you a Merry Christmas, I am not trying to offend you, assume anything about your beliefs, or put down any other holiday. I am sharing the holiday that is important to me. If you celebrate a different one, just wish me a good one of it. I will never be offended to be wished a Happy Hanukkah, etc. I may not share your beliefs, but would welcome glad tidings of your holiday. I will spend my break after celebrating the holidays, I need to clean out my closet."  Danielle Rush, Staff Member

Roman Catholic

"Among christians, we all have many different ways to celebrate the holidays. Even among catholic families we all celebrate in different ways, but what unites us during this season is our faith. I know that my families traditions are unique since some are latin american customs. Though they all stem from our catholic faith.
No matter what you believe this is a time to be charitable and to have hope for this coming new year.
I wish everyone a Solemn Advent, a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and Felíz Día de Reyez (aka. 3 Kings Day)!!!  I will be home in North Carolina with my family!" Sofia Stout, Student

"Its a family reunion from everywhere. I'll spend by break on vacation in Michigan." Khoi Nguyen, Student

"That Christ was born to be our savior. That the Christ Child is the Messiah and we are so blessed in this country to be free to celebrate this gift openly. That we have holidays to relax, and be with those we love.  I'll spend my break with family." Sarah Cannon, Student

Secular Humanist

"It's all about love for my wife and newborn. The best part is my family is full of belief and non belief, everyone knows and is open about it and we all get along well. We have a very great and strong family.  I'll spend my break traveling from house to house of different family members houses.  Watch movies, play games, open gifts, eat food and enjoy each others company."  Mike Glassburn, Staff Member

Southern Baptist

"That it is about giving and not receiving!! I'll spend my break at home warm."  Jill Powell, Student

Last updated: 09/03/2015