This probably won't come as a surprise to you, but not everyone celebrates Christmas. At least, not in the sense of paying homage to Dec. 25 as an important day in their family and/or religious calendar. While Canada is still overwhelmingly Christian, according to the most recent numbers from StatsCan, almost 33 per cent of the population is not, and that includes those who have no religious affiliation at all.
The fact is, thanks to the statutory holiday of Christmas Day across North America, we all end up celebrating Christmas in our own way.
But that doesn't change the fact that people will still be confused by what you do if you're not sitting under a tree, gobbling down turkey or attending a church service.
Check out the questions those who don't celebrate Christmas know oh so well:
But you have a tree, right?
No. That's a Christmas thing, which we don't celebrate.
Did you believe in Santa when you were a kid?
Not once we understood what he was supposed to be about. Toys come from the store, people!
So is Hanukkah/ Diwali/ Ramadan/ Kwanzaa/ Chinese New Year the same as Christmas?
No. Every tradition has its own major holidays, and none compare directly to Christmas because ... it's not Christmas.
Do you, like, always work on Christmas?
If we can, sure. But, it's nice to have the day off along with everyone else.
What do you do on Christmas?
Probably the same thing your family does once all the presents are unwrapped: watch a movie, eat food, do puzzles, often with our families, because they have nothing to do either.
Do you get presents at other times of the year?
Yes. It's called a birthday. And sure, other associated holidays too.
Do you still watch Christmas movies?
Why would we want to avoid them? We could quote you every line of "Love Actually" by heart.
Do you hate this time of year?
We get the benefit of people's presents and Christmas cheer without the stress. What's to hate?
How about Christmas music?
We can all probably admit to having had enough of "All I Want For Christmas" by this point.
Can I wish you a Merry Christmas?
Of course you can. In fact, please do — it makes us feel included.
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