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24th Aug '16 7:24:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service � annually � in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.

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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service -- annually -- in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.



* The "Secret Santa" episode of ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' puts a dreidel by the name of Creator/SaulRubinek (the actor playing Artie) in the credits, and Claudia does give a Jewish prayer at the end of the episode. But most of Artie and Claudia's plotline in the episode revolves around the Christmas present she is trying to get him (which ends up being both a musical instrument and a reunion with his father).

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* The "Secret Santa" episode of ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' puts a dreidel by the name of Creator/SaulRubinek (the actor playing Artie) in the credits, and Claudia does give a Jewish prayer at the end of the episode. But most of Artie and Claudia's plotline in the episode revolves around the Christmas present she is trying to get him (which ends up being both a musical instrument and a reunion with his father).



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], or at least exported on ''SportsNight''. Dan gets the crew together for a Passover Seder despite the fact that he and Jeremy are the only Jewish characters.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], or at least exported on ''SportsNight''.''Series/SportsNight''. Dan gets the crew together for a Passover Seder despite the fact that he and Jeremy are the only Jewish characters.
24th Aug '16 7:23:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service annually in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.

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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service annually in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.

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* So were Mel Tormé (who wrote "The Christmas Song"), Johnny Marks ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", among other seasonal ditties), J. Fred Coots ("Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"), Jerry Herman ("We Need a Little Christmas"), George Wyle ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and Ray Evans ("Silver Bells"). Of course, it's worth pointing out that none of these are particularly ''religious''-themed Christmas songs.

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* So were Mel Tormé (who wrote "The Christmas Song"), Johnny Marks ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", among other seasonal ditties), J. Fred Coots ("Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"), Jerry Herman ("We Need a Little Christmas"), George Wyle ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and Ray Evans ("Silver Bells"). Of course, it's worth pointing out that none of these are particularly ''religious''-themed Christmas songs.



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* ''Roleplay/DCNation'' works with this yearly with the annual compromise at the Dibny household. Ralph gets to decorate (copious amounts of purple are involved), and he gets to be a big, stretchy kid. (This has been amplified since their daughter came into the picture) Topping the tree is a "only a good idea in the 50's" electric menorah with bright purple lights. Sue just stands back and lets him because she thinks it's side-splittingly funny to watch her hubby and daughter literally bounce around the house.

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* ''Roleplay/DCNation'' works with this yearly with the annual compromise at the Dibny household. Ralph gets to decorate (copious amounts of purple are involved), and he gets to be a big, stretchy kid. (This has been amplified since their daughter came into the picture) Topping the tree is a "only a good idea in the 50's" electric menorah with bright purple lights. Sue just stands back and lets him because she thinks it's side-splittingly funny to watch her hubby and daughter literally bounce around the house.

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24th Aug '16 1:51:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service annually in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.

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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service annually in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.
15th Jul '16 8:06:45 PM TimberRidge
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* Subverted and averted in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Only Christians are expected to observe Christmas (and the Rector is not terribly chuffed with the sort of parishioner who turns up only for Christmas and Easter, and has worked to church them better). But there ''is'' a Christian, and indeed effectively Anglican (after all, the Church of England ''is'' Established), service annually in which Sikh, Muslim, and unchurched characters ([[spoiler: and the retired [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]]]) living in the District, all participate. It's not Christmas. It's [[UsefulNotes/ThePoppy Remembrance Sunday]], and no bones about it.
19th Mar '16 10:47:13 AM Tron80
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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': the SailorMoonS Movie was set at Christmas, and the principle cast recorded a Christmas Album.
* ''Anime/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had a Christmas episode, involving a GroundhogDayLoop. In one loop, a bitter, stood-up Ayukawa bah-humbug'ed Christmas, subverting the trope when the interviewer suggested she must be a fundamentalist Buddist!

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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': the SailorMoonS The Sailor Moon S Movie was set at Christmas, and the principle cast recorded a Christmas Album.
* ''Anime/KimagureOrangeRoad'' ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had a Christmas episode, involving a GroundhogDayLoop. In one loop, a bitter, stood-up Ayukawa bah-humbug'ed Christmas, subverting the trope when the interviewer suggested she must be a fundamentalist Buddist!
31st Dec '15 9:45:05 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* The gospel/rock song "Spirit in the Sky" includes lyrics such as "I got a friend in Jesus" and was written by Norman Greenbaum, a Jew who simply liked gospel music and wanted to write one.

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* Depending on country or location, it may not be uncommon for both non-religious people and non-Christians to also celebrate Christmas. A few western Christmas traditions are taken from pagan celebrations anyway.

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* The gospel/rock song "Spirit in the Sky" includes lyrics such as "I got a friend in Jesus" and was written by Norman Greenbaum, a Jew who simply liked gospel music songs and wanted to write one.

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* Depending on country or location, it may not be uncommon for both non-religious people and non-Christians to also celebrate Christmas. A few western Christmas traditions are taken from pagan celebrations anyway.
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* While many Danish people are Christians, it is usually only to a minor degree, and they live a non-religious life most of the time. Only a very small percentage actually attends church services except for funerals, baptisms etc. (The so-called "culture Christianity"). However, at Christmas, it is very common to attend the service in the afternoon before Christmas Eve, to the degree that one third of all Danes do it and it is actually getting more popular despite fewer and fewer Danes being religious. It is just an ingrown tradition in many families that is strongly connected to the Christmas spirit. And many "culture Christians", agnostics and atheists will attend despite not doing it the rest of the year. In fact, some genuinely Christian people have complained that the service is becoming more of a show than an actual religious gathering because so many non-religious people just attend for the sake of getting in a Christmas mood.
** Everything described above applies to ''all'' Scandinavian countries. To some degree, it also applies to several other European countries.
** Also true in normally non-religious parts of United States (especialy large cities on east and west coasts).

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* While many Danish people are Christians, it is usually only to a minor degree, and they live a non-religious life most of In the time. Only a very small percentage actually attends church services except for funerals, baptisms etc. (The so-called "culture Christianity"). However, at Christmas, it is very common to attend the service in the afternoon before Christmas Eve, to the degree that one third of all Danes do it and it is actually getting more popular despite fewer and fewer Danes being religious. It is just an ingrown tradition in many families that is strongly connected to the Christmas spirit. And many "culture Christians", agnostics and atheists will attend despite not doing it the rest of the year. In fact, some genuinely western world, major Christian people holidays have complained become so ingrained in the culture that the service is becoming more of a show than an actual religious gathering because so many non-religious people just attend for the sake of getting virtually everyone celebrates in a Christmas mood.
** Everything described above applies to ''all'' Scandinavian countries. To
some degree, it also applies to several way, if for no other European countries.
** Also true in normally non-religious parts of United States (especialy large cities on east
reason than they get time off from work and west coasts).school.
28th Dec '15 8:18:23 AM Mdumas43073
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* Oddly enough, Mike Stivic from ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' enjoyed celebrating Christmas even though he was an out-spoken atheist. His view was that it celebrated the birth of Jesus who was a person whose birth was worthy to celebrate. He just didn't believe that Jesus was the Son of God.

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* Oddly enough, Mike Stivic from ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' enjoyed celebrating Christmas even though he was an out-spoken atheist. His view was that it celebrated the birth of Jesus who was a person good man whose birth was worthy to celebrate. He just worth celebrating, even if he (Mike) didn't believe that Jesus he was actually the Son of God.
26th Dec '15 8:42:42 AM Kitchen90
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-->'''Paul''': Here's to the savior!
-->'''Seppo''': You're Jewish.
-->'''Paul''': So what? Besides, Jesus was, too.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/FridayNightDinner''. The whole premise of the series is about a Jewish family meeting for Sabbath dinner, yet the 2nd season finale is a ChristmasEpisode. Throughout the episode, Adam frequently tells his mother how ridiculous it is that they're having an elaborate Christmas dinner. Martin's mother(Horrible Grandma) actually refuses to call it Christmas dinner, instead claiming it's for Hanukkah.

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-->'''Paul''': -->'''Paul:''' Here's to the savior!
-->'''Seppo''': -->'''Seppo:''' You're Jewish.
-->'''Paul''': -->'''Paul:''' So what? Besides, Jesus was, too.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/FridayNightDinner''. The whole premise of the series is about a Jewish family meeting for Sabbath dinner, yet the 2nd season finale is a ChristmasEpisode. Throughout the episode, Adam frequently tells his mother how ridiculous it is that they're having an elaborate Christmas dinner. Martin's mother(Horrible dinner, pointing out it's a Christian celebration for the birth of Jesus, whereas his mother claims it's just a universal holidy (mostly because of its large commercialism). When the rest of the family (reluctantly) turn up, Adam's father's mother (nicknamed Horrible Grandma) actually refuses to call it Christmas dinner, instead claiming it's for Hanukkah.
21st Dec '15 9:11:13 PM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': the SailorMoonS Movie was set at Christmas, and the principle cast recorded a Christmas Album.
* ''Anime/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had a Christmas episode, involving a GroundhogDayLoop. In one loop, a bitter, stood-up Ayukawa bah-humbug'ed Christmas, subverting the trope when the interviewer suggested she must be a fundamentalist Buddist!
20th Dec '15 8:02:05 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Notably averted in "Comparative Religion". Fed up with the Dean's pushing an inclusive, nondenominational holiday, Shirley organizes an overtly religious Christmas party - then is surprised to find she's the only Christian in the group. Annie is Jewish, Abed is Muslim, Britta is an atheist, Jeff is agnostic (called "lazy man's atheist"), Pierce is in a New Age cult calling itself Buddhist, and Troy is a Jehovah's Witness (technically Christian but doesn't observe Christmas).

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': ''Series/{{Community}}'':
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Notably averted in "Comparative Religion". Fed up with the Dean's pushing an inclusive, nondenominational holiday, Shirley organizes an overtly religious Christmas party - then is surprised to find she's the only Christian in the group. Annie is Jewish, Abed is Muslim, Britta is an atheist, Jeff is agnostic (called "lazy man's atheist"), Pierce is in a New Age cult calling itself Buddhist, and Troy is a Jehovah's Witness (technically Christian but doesn't observe Christmas).
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