Just curious. Since you yourself state you're a pagan, why do you celebrate Christmas? I understand celebrating Yule, because you've explained the meaning behind that. But Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. If you're a pagan, then wouldn't you NOT believe in God and the fact that he sent his son to earth as a man to die for us?
I decided to answer the comment in an actual post rather than it would be a bit long for a comment, so made more sense to start up a post for it.
You're right, ChicagoLady. I don't believe in God, and I don't agree with the celebration of the birth of 'Jesus Christ' whom I also do not believe existed. Therefore, your question not only failed to take me by surprise, but I have been waiting for someone to ask it since last December when I first mentioned that I celebrate both Yule and Christmas.
So, why then do I celebrate both Yule and Christmas? Well, I'll tell you.
Until I was sixteen, my beliefs were kept quiet from the rest of the family. The family celebrated Christmas, so I did. Simple as that. Then I began to let my family know of my beliefs. But, my parents, my siblings, and basically the rest of the family (excluding my hubby, my uncle Phillip and my Auntie Bev) have different beliefs, so they celebrate Christmas. Most of them don't even know what Yule is.
At first, before I met Kelly and got married, I would celebrate Yule by myself. I 'd open gifts from friends on Yule, but left those from family until Christmas. My parents would have noticed if I'd opened the stuff from them, and I didn't want to cause arguments. Then, after Kelly and I got married, we started celebrating Yule together. We'd open the gifts from our friends and most of the stuff from each other at Yule, then celebrating Christmas with the rest of the family, keeping a gift or two for each other to exchange while the family is around. It just seemed easier.
I would prefer to just celebrate Yule. To forget about the holidays that have nothing to do with what I believe. To let Yule and Ostara become more of a priority and ignore Christmas and Easter... The holidays that symbolise all those things I don't believe happened. But I don't want to cause arguments. As it is, it was only last year that I was able to persuade my Mam that in celebrating Yule I wouldn't be taking away the whole gift giving holiday from my kids if I were to celebrate just Yule.
That's as best as I can explain my reasons. Hope that answers your question.