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How Do Scientologists Celebrate the Holiday Season?

At this time of year, people often ask how Scientologists observe the holiday season. To answer that question, the Church of Scientology International provides the following.

Observances of the holidays are as diverse as Scientologists are.

Because the Scientology religion is practiced in 165 countries and territories, Scientologists come from a wide variety of faiths and cultural traditions.

But no matter what their background, they, like most people, gather with loved ones to enjoy the warmth of friends and family and celebrate the joy of the season.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard honored the great religious leaders of the past for the wisdom they brought to the world, writing that Scientology shares “the goals set for Man by Christ, which are wisdom, good health and immortality.” It is in this spirit that Scientologists celebrate the holiday season, whether Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or any other religious or cultural tradition. 

Scientologists live by a code which includes: "To use the best I know of Scientology to the best of my ability to help my family, friends, groups and the world."

During the holiday season, Scientologists are especially active in this respect, volunteering in a wide range of endeavors to improve the lives of individuals and the community and bring joy to those who may need assistance. 

What do Churches of Scientology do during the holiday season?

In addition to regular Scientology religious services, Churches of Scientology provide many special holiday activities for Scientologists and open houses and tours for the community at large.

Scientology Churches and their parishioners also organize and support numerous charitable events during the holidays, such as toy drives, food and clothing collections, and parties for underprivileged children. Scientologists visit nursing homes, orphanages, hospitals and homeless shelters, bringing holiday cheer through gifts and entertainment. 

With the opening of new Ideal Churches of Scientology, community and charity events sponsored by the Church and its members are held continuously throughout the holiday season. More Ideal Churches of Scientology opened in 2012 than in any year in Scientology history, and each has its own dedicated spaces to get together and work out support actions for the community, for example in Hamburg, Germany; Sacramento, California; Florence, Kentucky; Santa Ana, California; San Jose, California; Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Buffalo, New York; Los Gatos, California; Tel Aviv, Israel and Padova, Italy

Christmas Stories

The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood produces Christmas Stories, an annual holiday benefit performance presented in the style of a 1930s radio show with traditional and original stories, songs and skits. (http://www.scientology.cc)

For nearly two decades, proceeds have benefited the Hollywood Police Activities League’s annual Christmas party for underprivileged children and PAL’s year-round inner city programs for at-risk youth.

Winter Wonderland

In an annual tradition beginning in 1983 when Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard provided a 60-foot Christmas tree as a gift to the people of Hollywood, Winter Wonderland holiday village is erected each year on Hollywood Boulevard as a service to the community. The opening of the village on the Sunday after Thanksgiving signals the start of the holiday season, when Santa arrives in his sleigh—always the final float in the famed Hollywood Christmas Parade—and lights the tree and village. Made possible by the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation, Winter Wonderland attracts more than 40,000 Los Angeles residents and tourists to daily live performances by community vocal and instrumental groups and snow banks imported for the season. 

Winter Wonderland is also presented for three weeks each December in Clearwater, Florida, as a service to the community and to benefit needy children. The Church of Scientology and parishioners organize and sponsor the Christmas village, with tens of thousands of residents and tourists enjoying Santa, Mrs. Claus’s cookie decorating kitchen, live entertainment by local school, church and professional performing groups, a petting zoo and pony rides. (http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org)

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Sallie December 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
What Pat forgets to tell all of you is that when you reach OT III level you will find out that all religions in the world are engrams implanted in our brains to confuse us into not being a Scientologist. Scientology lies about everything. They will tell you that you can be a Christian or Jew or Muslim and also be a Scientologist, but that is a big lie. You will pay a lot of money to find out you can't be anything but a Scientologist. Their Christmas decorations are a lie. Their Winter Wonderland is just another way for them to hand out their literature in the hopes that someone will be suckered into joining. The cross they put on their Super Power building is a lie. They lied about who they were when they came to Clearwater and they have continued to lie everyday since. Liars.
DeElizabethan December 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Whatever they say, whatever PR they give, the bottom line is to get more $$$ in. The organization is a Big business. "Merry Christmas" to them, even if Ron professes non-belief in Jesus Christ and his word is law to the members. Why they celebrate Christmas can only be viewed as simply another PR stunt. Sorry Pat, but that's the way most of the public who know, see it.
Local December 19, 2012 at 08:41 PM
This is all really interesting considering L Ron Hubbard said in Scientology scripture that you shouldn't believe in Jesus. "The man on the cross...there was no Christ." -- LRH Here's the audio clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk03n7rMJ1o And the text of it. From "Assists" lecture. 3 October 1968. #10 in the confidential Class VIII series of lectures: "Anyway, Everyman is then shown to have been crucified so don't think that it's an accident that this crucifixion, they found out that this applied. Somebody somewhere on this planet, back about 600 BC, found some pieces of R6, and I don't know how they found it, either by watching madmen or something, but since that time they have used it and it became what is known as Christianity. The man on the Cross. There was no Christ. But the man on the cross is shown as Everyman. So of course each person seeing a crucified man, has an immediate feeling of sympathy for this man. Therefore you get many PCs who says they are Christ. Now, there's two reasons for that, one is the Roman Empire was prone to crucify people, so a person can have been crucified, but in R6 he is shown as crucified."
Any Old Name December 19, 2012 at 09:47 PM
"Winter Wonderland" and "Christmas Stories" are just PR to them. They don't do anything without trying to get attention. Look at them running around Newtown, CT in their bright Yellow jackets. Any other "ministers" drawing attention to themselves that way?
Any Old Name December 19, 2012 at 09:48 PM
So true!
aqua clara December 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
See how many people attended, only to get dumped with a bunch of flyers trying to recruit visitors into the cult. Shameful.
afra December 22, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Pat, from where in the Bible is LRH quoting, where Jesus talks about the goals he set for man: wisdom, good health, and immortality?! Um, no. Please cite which book of the Bible, with chapter and verse, and if possible, which edition of the Bible you're quoting.
Mari December 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It is time we start requiring this entity to pay taxes, and hotel tax as well. This is all merely propaganda to further their 'cause'.
Mari December 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
"Scientology has been a part of the landscape of Clearwater for more than 30 years. As the religion grows so will the group's membership in and around the city. What will the future of downtown look like? With Coachman Park, the Main Library and Harborview Center all looking at major changes as well as facelifts on Cleveland Street and condos filling up, will this usher in a downtown renaissance?" written by the editor of Patch, Jared Leone. First off, I had no idea Patch was a Pro Scientology publication, and second, there will be no reall renaissance until Scientology leaves Clearwater. I remember it pre-Scientology, when it was a thriving area where people wanted to be. Now I won't even stop there, as many others, due to the Scientologists everywhere. And I am certainly not taking my family to their sponsored events trying to convert the rest of us. There is no Clearwater anymore, just Clearwater Beach.
Larry January 02, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Pat says: "Scientology Churches and their parishioners also organize and support numerous charitable events during the holidays, such as toy drives, food and clothing collections, and parties for underprivileged children. Scientologists visit nursing homes, orphanages, hospitals and homeless shelters, bringing holiday cheer through gifts and entertainment." Pat, thank-you for informing me of these activities of the Church of Scientology around the holidays as I was unaware of them. In fact, I never witnessed one of any of these activities even once, despite my 10 years involvement with Scientology. Personally I am ashamed to have been involved with your organization which promotes that it is compatible with other religions just to get people in the door to spend money. It's an absolute lie. As another poster already pointed out - Hubbard during a lecture asserted "There is no Christ".

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