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 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.

Comment by Matt Coulthurst on November 28, 2012 at 9:50pm

This video says it all for me.

http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q

Comment by Ed on November 28, 2012 at 9:52pm

Much to the chagrin of my wife I prefer to not participate in the perpetuation of myths. It's also a relief to not feel obligated to find that perfect obligatory gift. The winter solstice is a much more valid opportunity for wine and merriment.

Comment by Stutz on November 29, 2012 at 2:19am

I don't feel like Christmas was ever really about Jesus, even for religious people. Seriously, a lot of us grew up as believers: beyond maybe being dragged to a worship service, how many of you actually discussed or focused on the religious aspect of the holidays in any meaningful way? Didn't we all pretty much just do the traditional Christmas thing, with the family, the food, the tree, and the presents?

There's nothing hypocritical about celebrating the holiday as a non-believer. For me, at least, it's exactly the same as it always was.

Comment by Charles Corey Stewart on November 29, 2012 at 3:44am
This is nonsense, pagans celebrated the winter season and christians moved the supposed birth of Yeshua to coincide to try to take control of it, and most people still think that. The did the same with Easter. As an Atheist we celebrate the four seasons, or at least I do, in our own way. I just call it celebrating the solstice. The dates, themes are seriously taken from astrological stories and the sun/stars.
Comment by archaeopteryx on November 29, 2012 at 3:45am

This is the best answer I can give you --

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on November 29, 2012 at 12:03pm

Tell the nutbag that Christmas is a Christian bastardization of traditional winter solstice festivals like Yule or Sol Invictus. The celebrants were acknowledging that the sun stops getting lower in the sky each day, and that daylight, warmth, and life conquer night, cold, and death. To them it was the birthday of the sun itself and the new year that followed.

The Christ Mass is held on December 25 because the Winter Solstice and the accompanying festivals happen on December 21 or 22.

You eat "Christmas" ham because Yule involved sacrificing a wild boar.

You use "Christmas" holly, fir trees, and mistletoe because pagans observed they stay green all winter (evergreens) and were symbols of fertility and life.

You have the "12 Days of Christmas" because the Yule was 12 days long (the Yuletide). 

You have a cozy "Christmas" fire because pagans burned Yule logs: fire festivals that were symbols of the sun's long-lasting fire.

You sing "Christmas Carols" because of pagan Yulesinging rituals for health and fertility.

Before he became Santa Claus (Father Christmas) on a sleigh with 8 reindeer who gave out plastic gift cards, he was the god Odin who led a Yule hunt through the night sky on an 8-legged horse named Sleipnir and gave gifts of food.

If this guy participates in any of these things then he's a hypocrite of staggering proportions for claiming to be a Christian while engaging in pagan fertility rituals and sun worship.

These are the traditions I'm acknowledging at Christmas: the pending end of winter, the start of a new year, and my relationships with family and friends. I'm proud to say his nutbag Christian religion has nothing to do with that, outside of his delusions.

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