Emi wrote:How do you observe the day? And if there's no temple near by for you to visit, what then?
Sometimes to a temple, but mostly on / around December 25. We (family) sometimes have an artificial tree with lights, exchange gifts, and eat one large meal around noon, with desserts to make it a festive occasion. The Christmas rituals in a way have more to do with Sanghamitta Day then Christmas:
Ven. Sanghamitta arrived in Sri Lanka with the 'gifts' of the Dhamma and the sapling of the original Bodhi Tree. The traditional gift exchanges during Christmas could remind Buddhists of the gifts Ven. Sanghamiita brought to Sri Lanka. For those who like Christmas trees, the tree could also represent the sapling of the Bodhi Tree she brought with her from India.