December 10, 2019 HomeArticlesDo Quakers celebrate Christmas? // Vlogmas 2019 Day 3 Do Quakers celebrate Christmas? // Vlogmas 2019 Day 3 By Maxine Hayes Articles, Blog 48 Comments Tags:jessica deaf, jessica kellgren fozard, jessica kellgren fozard christian, jessica kellgren fozard religion, jessica kellgren-hayes, kellgren, quaker, quakerism, quakers, quakers and christmas, society of friends Related Posts NASA Digital Marketing – Interview with Veronica McGregor: Social Media Minute Yoni Steam Herbs & Supplies For DIY Steaming Krystal Maloney | Digital Marketing About Author admin 48 Comments Kelsey Vandercoy Who doesn't love cake for breakfast? December 5, 2019 Reply Heather Guthrie Quakerism sounds a bit like my Unitarian Universalist church in the US if it had retained a few more of its Christian roots. Many of the central values are the same. December 5, 2019 Reply Hello Old friend I mean Christmas isn’t even Christian, so that’s one of the many reasons I celebrate it December 5, 2019 Reply D M I Love your videos! I am learning a lot and enjoying your happy spirit! December 5, 2019 Reply Stephanie Winters That bread looks amazing! Oh how I wish there was amazing looking and tasting gluten free bread where I live. December 5, 2019 Reply Safeara It’s funny you told me to subscribe because I was watching your videos without doing it. You calling me out made me do it. It does work! December 5, 2019 Reply Daisies for Ghosts I thought this was gonna be about parrots 🤦🏻♀️ December 5, 2019 Reply xylene I love hearing about Quakerism. It's such a flexible and accepting religious viewpoint. 🙂 <3 December 5, 2019 Reply Kenzie Wenzie Asmr Always love your videos about Quakerism. It makes me want to start implementing some of those things in my life. Such a loving group with lovely beliefs. You definitely seem to shine those beliefs all year long tho, you’re such a sweet and kind soul Jessica! So happy that you share your life with us 💕 December 5, 2019 Reply Laura Kirwan I am in reality, as a life long atheist, celebrating Yule and the pagan fest that that is light, feasting, gathering etc. December 5, 2019 Reply Photo Story Channel Installing christmas tree’s trinkets and wrapping small gifts to be placed under is a popular moment for children. Christmas trees become a symbol of Christmas celebrations and of course a time that is expected by children even for the whole family. Although Christmas Tree is a regular cypress tree full of ornaments but very meaningful to improve the warmth of the family. “I felt the warmth of a family”, and of course the angels are happy to see it from a distance. Welcome to Christmas and New Year. December 5, 2019 Reply stray stars being an atheist in a country dominated by catholics (and a minor group of muslims) is 😬 December 5, 2019 Reply blah blah I dispise religion it just pains me but the more I learn about quakerisum the more my heart melts towards it. Its sounds very humanist with a god (of be interested in knowing what kind of god, cause the Christian god is pure evil so hopefully you guys have your own ideas on that) but nice to hear about a religion thats not full of judgement. December 5, 2019 Reply Mandy Sheridan I love learning about different beliefs, thanks so much for sharing and explaining. As a pagan I just love knowledge, and understanding others, it's fills the world with more love x December 5, 2019 Reply Jennifer Paul Interesting to learn about Quakerism. I grew up celebrating Christmas but am pagan. Thank you for pointing out the pagan roots of many Christmas traditions. December 5, 2019 Reply Shannon Walls I love learning more about Quakerism, and I can really get behind the core values. Jessica is my favourite Youtube Professor. December 5, 2019 Reply Elizabeth Witsken I'm Catholic and I adore hearing about others religions and how the celebrate the holidays. I also heard many similarities between how you practice quakerism and how I practice my faith (especially with sustainability and spreading peace) which is so comforting ❤️ December 5, 2019 Reply Niamh Leonard Like it December 5, 2019 Reply Renata Karin LOVE THE BEADED COLLAR!! December 5, 2019 Reply Miss Library I have religious trauma, but I like the concept of Quakerism It embodies all the good aspects of Christianity without the toxicity of the hierarchy and the judgment of proselytizing December 5, 2019 Reply Reading&Things Hahaha totally called out in the beginning for not being subscribed though I’m a regular viewer. I thought I was already, and now I feel ashamed, haha! December 5, 2019 Reply Aisha Zee When she said “I can see the analytics… you watch my videos often and you haven’t yet subscribed”… 🤭 yeah I clicked that subscribe button quickly December 5, 2019 Reply Szymon Gorczynski So Quakerism isn't Christianity but some sort of modernist spiritualism… December 6, 2019 Reply AdorkableArtist92 Is Claudia also a Quaker? December 6, 2019 Reply AdorkableArtist92 If you want to see a Christmas movie in which the only crying you will be doing during the church scenes will be crying from laughter, check out "While You Were Sleeping." The movie is funny and charming as a whole, and the scenes in churches or hospital chapels are no exception. December 6, 2019 Reply BattyButtercup what IS your favourite pagan festivity of the december solstice season? (i say DECEMBER solstice because, SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE IS A THING! SUMMER CHRISTMAS. THERE'S STILL FAKE SNOW??! WHY MUST THEY TAUNT ME AT THE CHILL I CANNOT HAVE?!?) i enjoy the gift-giving. growing up, i always got annoyed at how gifts were so… rote? my family seemed to see present shopping as a chore & the gifts themselves would be generic objects marketed for the recipient's "demographic" rather than… things the recipient might actually like? or want? or find useful? now that i'm older, i enjoy finding small, useful things that make me think of the intended recipient – i remembered the cough a family member always seemed to get, how they had fussed with the collar of their dressing gown to better cover their neck: i found a local crafts vendor & bought a handmade scarf (as well as a simple folding fan because SUMMER IS EVIL). i distain things that are SOLELY decorative but i am not actually minimalistic: i find great joy in finding Things That Look Like Other Things because it's a way of gifting something that will ACTUALLY be used and, if expendable in nature, STILL serve as an interesting piece of decor (and thus not be bound for a landfill). furthermore, unwanted gifts always take up so much SPACE but you can never quite "get rid of them" because… gifts. they're physical memories of others' intent, even if those intentions missed you rather significantly, so you end up awkwardly hanging onto them for years until you're "allowed" to regift it to charity or Someone Unrelated To The Original Gifter. so, taking over the "christmas shopping" is my way of "celebrating" because, though not religious, i philosophically resemble buddhist &/or quaker practices: celebrating those around me &, if health allows, my immediate environment (via cleaning or tidying it). i use this Designated Holiday Period to celebrate those i appreciate by making them smile or laugh via something they wouldn't have "justified" getting for themselves. i get annoyed about all the unseasonable-for-my-climate accessories that get spread everywhere because they just… don't consider what IS here and instead attempt to hide or ignore it to favour what ADVERTISING inform us that December is "for". photos with coke-a-cola's Santa Claus, dusty faux snow, pine trees wrapped in electrical wire (THANKFULLY most of the bulbs are solar powered nowadays), Scandinavian fauna, and fireplaces in the peak of summer's heat. ugh. December 6, 2019 Reply LERB423 Calling the days with numbers is not that strange, Portuguese has it (except for Saturday and Sunday), but it's like first, second, etc instead of one, two, etc. December 6, 2019 Reply Amy Hull I love this video. Many of my forebears were Quakers–there was at least one, with the unfortunate surname "Dick" who purchased land from William Penn in Pennsylvania for his son so his son could go the the New World and live as Quakers unmolested…so it's really really exciting for me to listen to a contemporary Quaker talk about the religion. December 6, 2019 Reply Chris Moon Quakerism sounds like a wonderful religion!8:18 did you say "Because I'm a yellow." What does that mean? Is it a color personality? Like, favorite color vs what color you are when you take a color quiz? Just curious! 🥰😁 I love you both! And I'm one of those that loves to ask questions, I don't think I ever grew out of my "Why is that?" phase in life hehe! I'm a curious soul! What color is Claudia? Is there a certain way to find out my color?Equality, peace and justice wonderful! 🏳 ☮ ⚖ (Huh… my Microsoft laptop doesn't have an "equality" emoji! go figure!)Thank you for the wonderful videos this month! I'm enjoying them greatly! 💖💖💖💖💖🥰 December 6, 2019 Reply squirreltastic I get that feeling, as a pagan that celebrates the sabbats/wheel of year its so refreshing to get in touch with that spiritual/religious core like you can try everyday but a special moment/day can be recharging December 6, 2019 Reply OG Crazy Cat Lady Mrs & Mrs Claus! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 December 6, 2019 Reply Poppy Chocky I love your pearls hugs xxx December 6, 2019 Reply Victoria Morales Is quakerism as a whole progressive because if it is I identify with a lot of the beliefs (like I believe in Christianity but since it's mostly conservative I'm wary of calling it that and of other Christians, as a queer person) December 6, 2019 Reply Lucinda As a Buddhist I find Quakerism quite similar in a lot of ways. Great video! December 6, 2019 Reply Miss Lyn I've always considered myself pagan. You know, there's nothing wrong with it, right? The problem is pagans didn't really originally label themselves, so other people labeled them. When someone had a religion that wasn't a major religion in Europe and the US, they were lumped in as pagan by the Church. Now there are so many different forms, it's ridiculous. Some believe in 1 God, some 1 Goddess, some believe in many gods. Generally, it's usually the same 5 tenants/values you said plus a strong love for nature. There are a couple popular forms with actual lore, but I'm just confused on where I stand because I consider my god feminine, I'm very transcendentalist, I meditate, I occasionally go to… churches of 4 different religions… Yeah. I grew up in a Unitarian Christian church, My mom's dad is Catholic, my Aunt is Jewish with a twinge of a LOT of Native American spirituality and beliefs, my other Aunt was Hindu-Buddhist before she died, my dad is Agnostic, and my dad's family is VERY Quaker (without knowing it or ever stating it), I never realized how much they are Quaker until you described it. It's spot on. My first American born ancester was a Quaker in the 1600s. I don't know, I would be thinking I was Quaker the entire time if it wasn't that I spiritually worship Mother Nature… Don't know what to do about that. December 6, 2019 Reply MagellanLinux Hello Jessica, thank you for making these videos regarding your Quaker faith. I'm wondering if you could tell me what Quakers believe regarding the afterlife? I have watched many of your videos and lots of other videos on YouTube regarding Quakers, and one of the consistent themes I see is the de-emphasis on "chasing" the hereafter and instead focusing on doing Godly works in the real world for the sake of the real world. I saw one person who phrased it something like, the Kingdom of God is not a magical place you go to if you're good, it's the here and now, and it's coming. That is, reality is in the process of becoming the realized Kingdom of God. This is a very interesting perspective, but it raises a few questions: do Quakers believe in an immortal soul? In an afterlife? Perhaps most interestingly, do they believe in hell? I realize you can't speak for all Quakers, but I was interested in learning your perspective on these topics. Thank you for making these videos! They have been very educational for me! December 7, 2019 Reply Jenny Karlsson We do christmas. But I hate evrything about christmas. But I do it for my family. And i want them to be happy. December 7, 2019 Reply Quinn Staton As someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas in the standard sense, being Jewish, I really enjoyed seeing how you as a Non-Christian or a Non-Standard Christian that's different from what you see in the media. I personally do celebrate with family members because they have chosen to not embrace Judaism, which is their right, but they have chosen to celebrate Christmas secularly. So I buy them gifts for Christmas and we spend time together and we also visit other family. I just love hearing about all the different ways the holiday seasons are celebrated by different people. December 7, 2019 Reply Bert Visscher 2:52 So Quakers would call Sunday the first day. Interesting.8:19 You're a yellow? December 7, 2019 Reply Sage I'm an atheist but I am for any religious video in which the youtuber goes "Let me tell you about my religion but I have no interest in converting you. In fact, you do you and that's perfectly fine with me and my religious views. thumbs up " Such a great way to approach people with religion. People who try to convert you or tell you you're wrong for not seeing their religious views beyond 'hey, don't judge and let's just try to get along' (which I think we should all be trying to abide by) are just the most obnoxious and condescending sort of people. Jessica goes the opposite direction and for that I applaud her. <3 December 7, 2019 Reply Coleen Lowden Thank you it's always fun to learn something new. Christmas gives me hope. December 7, 2019 Reply Sara Sheffer I'm Quaker and it feels so good to see such wonderful representation! It's hard to stay in touch with my faith while in college but watching your videos helps me feel like I am a tiny bit closer to my beloved Quaker community back home. December 8, 2019 Reply Bubbles Aus Theorist “WE HAVE TRICK OR TREATING NOW!!!”Omg that was adorable I love it December 8, 2019 Reply 3 am i had to come back to this video after "Public Universal Friend" trended on twitter, quakerism seems so comfortable and nice, seems as though they are always on the right side of history! December 8, 2019 Reply Lauren Dorrill Awe I loved what you said about Christianity. I personally am a devout Christian, and why I do want to point out my own bias most likely affects my point, I really enjoyed whet you said. 😊 Also just wanted to add I love your chancel so much. Your personality is so charming and kind! December 9, 2019 Reply natureangel33 I know you probably won't see this and I know you aren't trying to convert us but I saw your about what quakerism is and was very interested. I have been going to meeting of friends since August and am so glad you told me about this religion. I feel like its meant for me. December 9, 2019 Reply saisonusgeekus "You can't smell your own Christmas" ^^ December 9, 2019 Reply Bella MacTavish Genuinely though the title meant the oats December 10, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.