So I'm the kind of person who gets excited by things like yarn and ribbon and hot glue guns, embossing tools, ink and stamps and all of that. I craft. I'm crafty. Craftasaurus Rex. It kind of makes sense that I would really enjoy holidays - all kinds of holidays - because holidays are a great reason to get busy making things. I love Xmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, all the big ones. I even like to celebrate lesser known holidays - Earth Day (though this one hardly counts as I was born on Earth Day), Guy Fawkes Day, Talk Like A Pirate Day, the list goes on and on. Crafting isn't the only reason I love holidays, it's just one reason why I love them so much.
I've been asked before why I celebrate holidays seeing as though I'm an atheist. I've been asked this by both religious and non religious people alike. The simple answer is that I celebrate holidays because of familial tradition. My parents were holiday people and I followed suit. I grew up really poor. Think of someone in America who is poor and make them about twice as destitute - that's about how poor I was. Holidays were a big deal growing up because the rest of the year we could hardly afford luxuries like gifts and candy. Holidays were a reason to let loose, to indulge. I never knew Christmas had to do with someone named Christ until I was old enough to be curious about the nativity scenes my mom collected. When I asked, my mom told me that some people who were religious thought Christmas was different than just a day everyone was supposed to love each other and be decent to one another. She said she was religious once but wasn't anymore, she just thought the nativity scenes were pretty.
I had trouble understanding the whole Easter thing until I was a teenager. I had assumed that the whole Jesus was a zombie thing was something Christians tried to hide, seeing as it was obviously a ridiculous aspect of their religion. Evidently not so. To me, Easter is about a bunny and eggs and chocolate and a good dinner. Again, it's a day where people just decide to be decent to one another because we all deserve that once in a while.
I know some atheists don't like holidays because of the religious overtones, but if you consider a lot of holidays in regard to their origins - as celebrations of the equinoxes and solstices - the religious implications of those holidays are reduced to a recent coat of paint applied to a well established foundation. You can paint a car to look like a cow, but that doesn't make the car a cow.
Personally, I don't care to even reduce the issue to that level. I like holidays. The holidays I celebrate are all celebrated in a secular way, regardless of the religious implications of the holiday. Christmas is about the mythology of Santa and the social importance of good will and Easter is about an egg obsessed bunny and exploding peeps in the microwave. I don't think atheists are any less likely to enjoy haolidays, I just think some people like holidays and some people don't. Being an atheist doesn't mean you have to dislike anything having to do with religion in any way. At least it doesn't mean that for me.