Why do atheists celebrate xmas?

I just had a guy ask if atheists celebrate xmas on twitter.. I replied that I do indeed celebrate the holidays in the context of having the opportunity to have time off work, spend time with family, give/receive gifts, eat and drink loads and generally have a nice time.. he was pretty annoyed by my response and stated that this was hypocrisy.. he also had an issue with the fact I would receive gifts from friends/family as this time of year was to celebrate Jesus birthday only.... for me to inform him I would be partaking in the holiday season, yet stating in no way religious, I was dismissed as having double standards.

Do you celebrate xmas, this holiday period? what are your thoughts? Is it hypocritical to receive gifts and partake in family dinners? Personally I take full advantage of a lovely time of year.. CHRIST does not come into it!

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  • emma bailie

    That video is amazing, thanks so much for sharing. I'm very excited now to share on FB and Twitter to all my non christian friends and to educate my christian friends! Awesome.. :)

  • Reg The Fronkey Farmer

    Good one Arki - thanks

  • Umbra

    A post on RDF: A very atheist Christmas.

    The post says it nicely.