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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Comment by Sagacious Hawk on November 28, 2012 at 5:04pm

Since this is the first Christian holiday I will be spending as openly an atheist, I've realized that I've lost most of the connection to the holiday. I still love Christmas trees, but more for the fact that they represent winter to me than the birth of some nobody who may or may not have been born 2,012 years ago (which they really don't represent at all). I was never big on the giving and receiving of gifts, and rather looked forward to spending time with family especially since I don't get to see them anymore. I really am not seeing it as Christmas time anymore, but as more of a Winter Week. I think we should make a holiday week for every season!

Personally, my best friend's birthday is on the 25th of December and when it comes down to it, that's the birthday that's always mattered most to me on that day.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on November 28, 2012 at 5:05pm


     I do agree - the holiday season need not be a complicated blow-out...but it typically is so I avoid it.

   My grandfather once told me that Christmas dinner was really special in his childhood because it was about the only meal where the entire family could count on eating meat, potato, bread, vegetable and also getting some sort of dessert.  After saying that he reflected that we seemed to have come to a point where we ate Christmas dinner every single day.  I suggested that perhaps a day of fasting during the holidays would make more sense, to remind us just how much we really have.

     What I hate most about the 'holiday season' is the ridiculous traffic that makes life less pleasurable for me, even using public transit.  Then after the holidays I get irritated with all the people who whine that they can't do anything because their cards are all max'ed out.  It really is a Gluttonfest these days.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 28, 2012 at 6:00pm

What really bugs me is that xmas starts in the middle of September. I can hardly get through the fruit and veg store to buy some bananas (opposable thumbs rock) without hearing jingles f**king bells even on Halloween night. It is so blatantly commercial that I am amazed that the Theists are not complaining more than us. Then the virtuous talk about making it special for the children. WTF is that. Make them feel special all year long instead rather than making them compete in a festival of commercial greed bribing them to “be good or Santa won’t come”. It gets even worse for those kids that Santa seems to have no time for.

Oh Reg, you are such a killjoy, we do celebrate the real “birthday boy” too you know.

Yeah right, before or after you stuff your faces and get drunk? Did he not consider drunkenness and gluttony and greed to be sinful? I suppose you will all soon be celebrating him dying in a few months’ time so those sins can be forgiven? Any chance I won’t see chocolate eggs in January? Nope, didn’t think so.

Celebrate xmas? C-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e ? No, sorry I don’t know what ye faithful are talking about.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 28, 2012 at 6:04pm

Comment by Strega on November 28, 2012 at 7:51pm

It's a bit like how watching a violent thunderstorm from inside can make you substantially more grateful for having shelter.

That is so true, Kris - what a nice way to put it.

Comment by _Robert_ on November 28, 2012 at 8:04pm

I must stop this *whole* thing! Why, for fifty-three years I've put up with it now. I must stop Christmas from coming... but how?

Comment by James on November 28, 2012 at 8:17pm

Nothing hypocritical about celebrating Christmas in a secular manner. If anything, they are the ones with an issue since Christmas is a conglomeration of stolen pagan traditions. The trees, wreaths, the gift giving, the feast, and even the date are all stolen from pagan and Roman holidays (and the Winter Solstice). And if he has a problem with celebrating that time of year under the banner of Christmas, then surely he doesn't recognize Thursday since it is named for Thor's day... Or any of the days of the week, and most months for that matter.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on November 28, 2012 at 8:22pm

When I milked the interwebz from my home office, I used to pride myself on not spending more than 6 to 8 hours in public in the month of December (cross country skiing didn't count as 'public').  Now that I work hospitality, I can't believe what assholes people turn into for the 'holiday season'.  I've already had 2 people get very gruff with me about turning down their reservations (both for over 20 people) on Christmas day because we'll be closed.  Somehow I'M the scroodge for working for a company that actually gives me Christmas day off.

I should also mention that 'very gruff' is much more serious in French than in English.  It's really the equivalent of barking obscenities, especially when phoning for reservations.

Comment by Skye Draper on November 28, 2012 at 8:33pm

My family doesn't celebrate Christmas, we have a New Year Gift Exchange.

Comment by Ron V on November 28, 2012 at 9:10pm

I don't celebrate Christmas.  I have a festivus pole, and "celebrate" winter.


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