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8th Jan '18 11:44:51 AM HyperZ
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** This is justified by the fact that the characters in Rugrats are Jewish; hence why we get retellings of the Biblical stories behind Passover and Hanukkah, but at Christmas we get this trope instead of anything about Jesus.
17th Dec '17 6:52:54 PM HeyPC
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': The ChristmasEpisode revolves around Santa and Christmas parties, with all the main characters participating. Later in the series one of the main characters is [[InformedJudaism revealed to be Jewish.]]
22nd Nov '17 3:44:27 PM SwampAdder
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* One of the "Two A-Holes" skits on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' featured the title characters in a live Nativity scene. At one point, the female a-hole picks up the baby Jesus doll and declares, "This baby doesn't look like [[SantaClaus Santa]]."



* On ''Series/PeepShow'', Jeremy has strong views on the right way to celebrate Christmas, which have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with being a ManChild who wants the holiday to feel familiar and safe. In what [[AnythingThatMoves for him]] is the ultimate test of faith, he declines Mark's sister's proposition to have sex in the next room while the rest of the family eats dinner:
-->'''Jez:''' But Sarah, it's Christmas.\\
'''Sarah:''' So? What, are you religious now or something? Do you believe in Jesus?\\
'''Jez:''' No, of course I don't believe in Jesus. But I do believe in Christmas. I'm a Christmasist. ''[thinking, as Sarah exits] Wow, I did it! I resisted something for something else! [[BuffySpeak That was... something!]]'' Mark, guess what! I was just offered sex, and I turned it down!\\
'''Mark:''' Oh, well, congratulations.\\
'''Jez:''' ''[proudly]'' I did it for Father Christmas.\\
'''Mark:''' ''[thinking] God, look at him. He probably thinks Father Christmas died for our sins.''
* Subverted on a holiday episode of ''UnderTheUmbrellaTree'': A Jewish neighbor, explaining the history of Hanukkah to the animal roommates, outright mentions God.



* Downplayed in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Commercial aspects of both Easter and (especially) Christmas are generally predominant, but the family ''is'' occasionally shown to go to church on those days. One memorable instance after Jason exults at length about his [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 new, violent video game]]: "This is what Christmas is all about. You know, besides all that other stuff."
-->'''Andy:''' Jason and I will be at church, if anyone needs us.\\
'''Jason:''' Mom! What makes you think they're even ''open'' today?!



** The special ''It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'' is an actual Easter example. ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' nicely subverts this: Snoopy is only concerned with winning a house decoration contest, Lucy is more concerned with getting a nice tree than with the Christmas pageant, and Charlie angsts about how commercialized Christmas has become (in TheSixties, mind you). Later on, Linus reminds the whole gang about the holiday's true meaning by [[Literature/TheBible reciting part of the second chapter of Luke]], in which the shepherds learn of Jesus's birth. This is actually what makes the show a classic -- by going back to the real meaning of Christmas, it stood out in an increasingly commercialized world. [[Main/{{Irony}} Ironically]], it's now possible to decorate your house entirely with Peanuts-themed Christmas merchandise, including an entire line of plastic figures recreating the deeply spiritual moments of the special, and even a [[ComicallyMissingThePoint plastic replica of the tree]] that Charlie Brown picked out specifically because it was the [[AluminumChristmasTrees only real tree in the lot]].
** The later Christmas-set ''Peanuts'' specials of TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium are more focused on gift-giving, general winter activities, etc., but do acknowledge the religious side of the holiday. Two of them have the characters participating in Nativity plays/assemblies, and Sally wants to know who "the star" was that the Wise Men followed in ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales''.

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** The special ''It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'' is an actual Easter example. ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' nicely subverts this: Snoopy is only concerned with winning a house decoration contest, Lucy is more concerned with getting a nice tree than with the Christmas pageant, and Charlie angsts about how commercialized Christmas has become (in TheSixties, mind you). Later on, Linus reminds the whole gang about the holiday's true meaning by [[Literature/TheBible reciting part of the second chapter of Luke]], in which the shepherds learn of Jesus's birth. This is actually what makes the show a classic -- by going back to the real meaning of Christmas, it stood out in an increasingly commercialized world. [[Main/{{Irony}} Ironically]], it's now possible to decorate your house entirely with Peanuts-themed Christmas merchandise, including an entire line of plastic figures recreating the deeply spiritual moments of the special, and even a [[ComicallyMissingThePoint plastic replica of the tree]] that Charlie Brown picked out specifically because it was the [[AluminumChristmasTrees only real tree in the lot]].\n** The later Christmas-set ''Peanuts'' specials of TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium are more focused on gift-giving, general winter activities, etc., but do acknowledge the religious side of the holiday. Two of them have the characters participating in Nativity plays/assemblies, and Sally wants to know who "the star" was that the Wise Men followed in ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales''.
28th Oct '17 1:27:10 PM nombretomado
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* Japan at large practices the commercial holiday of Christmas, but only 2 percent of the population is Christian. Of course, they practice it [[ChristmasInJapan somewhat differently than everyone else]]; one of their Christmas Traditions is eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is treated as something of a "special event" delicacy in Japan thanks to KFC's marketing and Japan's lack of turkeys. UrbanLegend has it that [[TheThemeParkVersion the image of Santa Claus nailed to a cross]], like that [[http://www.rcenedellagallery.com/slideshow.php?theme=Commentary&i=5 depicted by Robert Cenedella]], has been witnessed in Japan at Christmastime unironically.

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* Japan at large practices the commercial holiday of Christmas, but only 2 percent of the population is Christian. Of course, they practice it [[ChristmasInJapan [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan somewhat differently than everyone else]]; one of their Christmas Traditions is eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is treated as something of a "special event" delicacy in Japan thanks to KFC's marketing and Japan's lack of turkeys. UrbanLegend has it that [[TheThemeParkVersion the image of Santa Claus nailed to a cross]], like that [[http://www.rcenedellagallery.com/slideshow.php?theme=Commentary&i=5 depicted by Robert Cenedella]], has been witnessed in Japan at Christmastime unironically.
11th Aug '17 5:50:16 PM Jeduthun
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Contrast with DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime. Compare YouMeanXmas.

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Contrast with DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime. Also contrast EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas, when characters who haven't shown religious leanings any other time of year suddenly turn pious around Christmas. Compare YouMeanXmas.YouMeanXmas.
20th May '17 4:30:52 PM nombretomado
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* Both averted and played with in ''TheVicarOfDibley''. The title character is obviously well-aware of what Easter actually means, but one of her parishoners (a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}) was never told the truth about the Easter Bunny. When the old woman who usually filled this role dies, the vicar has a ''lot'' of explaining to do.

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* Both averted and played with in ''TheVicarOfDibley''.''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''. The title character is obviously well-aware of what Easter actually means, but one of her parishoners (a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}) was never told the truth about the Easter Bunny. When the old woman who usually filled this role dies, the vicar has a ''lot'' of explaining to do.
8th May '17 2:16:31 PM StevieG
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* [[http://www.npr.org/2015/12/23/460726559/what-american-muslims-do-on-christmas-new-traditions-emerge This]] Creator/{{NPR}} story describes American Muslims celebrating Christmas, including an amusing anecdote where Iranian-American podcast host Zahra Noorbakhsh said that as a girl she conflated a description of Santa Claus with images in Iranian textbooks of ''Ayatollah freaking Khomeini''. For the record, Islam considers Jesus a prophet of the same line as Muhammad, and Literature/TheQuran has an entire chapter devoted to Mary that includes the gospel narrative.

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* [[http://www.npr.org/2015/12/23/460726559/what-american-muslims-do-on-christmas-new-traditions-emerge This]] Creator/{{NPR}} story describes American Muslims celebrating Christmas, including an amusing anecdote where Iranian-American podcast host Zahra Noorbakhsh said that as a girl she conflated a description of Santa Claus with images in Iranian textbooks of ''Ayatollah freaking Khomeini''. For the record, Islam considers Jesus a prophet of the same line as Muhammad, and Literature/TheQuran has an entire chapter devoted to Mary that includes the gospel nativity narrative.
8th Jul '16 10:48:15 AM Pichu-kun
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* Jasmine from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is so young and naive that she believes Christianity revolves around Santa instead of Jesus and thinks Christmas is exclusively about Santa.

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* Jasmine Jazmine from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is so young and naive that she believes Christianity revolves around Santa instead of Jesus and thinks Christmas is exclusively about Santa.
8th Jul '16 10:13:51 AM Pichu-kun
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8th Jul '16 9:58:35 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', all the holidays are in their secular forms, though, interestingly, Jack ''does'' refer to God offhandedly twice in "Poor Jack".
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* The ''{{Peanuts}}'' special ''It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'' is an actual Easter example. ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' nicely subverts this: Snoopy is only concerned with winning a house decoration contest, Lucy is more concerned with getting a nice tree than with the Christmas pageant, and Charlie angsts about how commercialized Christmas has become (in TheSixties, mind you). Later on, Linus reminds the whole gang about the holiday's true meaning by [[Literature/TheBible reciting part of the second chapter of Luke]], in which the shepherds learn of Jesus's birth. This is actually what makes the show a classic -- by going back to the real meaning of Christmas, it stood out in an increasingly commercialized world.
** [[Main/{{Irony}} Ironically]], it's now possible to decorate your house entirely with Peanuts-themed Christmas merchandise, including an entire line of plastic figures recreating the deeply spiritual moments of the special, and even a [[ComicallyMissingThePoint plastic replica of the tree]] that Charlie Brown picked out specifically because it was the [[AluminumChristmasTrees only real tree in the lot]].

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
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The ''{{Peanuts}}'' special ''It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'' is an actual Easter example. ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' nicely subverts this: Snoopy is only concerned with winning a house decoration contest, Lucy is more concerned with getting a nice tree than with the Christmas pageant, and Charlie angsts about how commercialized Christmas has become (in TheSixties, mind you). Later on, Linus reminds the whole gang about the holiday's true meaning by [[Literature/TheBible reciting part of the second chapter of Luke]], in which the shepherds learn of Jesus's birth. This is actually what makes the show a classic -- by going back to the real meaning of Christmas, it stood out in an increasingly commercialized world.
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world. [[Main/{{Irony}} Ironically]], it's now possible to decorate your house entirely with Peanuts-themed Christmas merchandise, including an entire line of plastic figures recreating the deeply spiritual moments of the special, and even a [[ComicallyMissingThePoint plastic replica of the tree]] that Charlie Brown picked out specifically because it was the [[AluminumChristmasTrees only real tree in the lot]].



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' plays this straight by making Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo, a Christmas Spirit in the vein of WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman. There is an Easter Episode wherein the secret message behind the Easter Bunny, hidden from you by [[CorruptChurch the eeevul Vatican]], is uncovered.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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plays this straight by making Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo, a Christmas Spirit in the vein of WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman. There is an Easter Episode wherein the secret message behind the Easter Bunny, hidden from you by [[CorruptChurch the eeevul Vatican]], is uncovered.



* ''TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' featured "Juniper's Egg-Cellent Adventure". Here Easter is all about eggs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', all the holidays are in their secular forms, though, interestingly, Jack ''does'' refer to God offhandedly twice in "Poor Jack".

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* ''TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' featured "Juniper's Egg-Cellent Adventure". Here Easter is all about eggs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', all the holidays are in their secular forms, though, interestingly, Jack ''does'' refer to God offhandedly twice in "Poor Jack".
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* Jasmine from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is so young and naive that she believes Christianity revolves around Santa instead of Jesus and thinks Christmas is exclusively about Santa.
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