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

This video says it all for me.


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 _Robert_ on November 29, 2012 at 12:23pm
Thanks GM. I have heard about this before but in bits and pieces
Comment by emma bailie on November 29, 2012 at 12:49pm

Cody Kirchner, that made me laugh very hard!  However, I agree with you.. Its very much a one day to church affair for many of the hyprocritcal xtians out there pointing fingers at others... as they say.. don't throw stones at glass houses :)

Comment by emma bailie on November 29, 2012 at 1:02pm

Thanks for that explanation GM! I'll be sure to inform him as I didn't know as much detail as you've now explained.. I find them all to be hypocrites where xmas is concerned. Xmas to me was always about family time and having lots of food and drink, never anything to do with jesus, his so called birthday.. my mum made me go to church as a kid every xmas.. child abuse :) until I became a teenager and more outspoken about my non belief.. then I was free from the bollocks the minister preached! I'm sick of xtians hav

Comment by emma bailie on November 29, 2012 at 1:03pm

I'm sick of xtians having a go when it suits them!!

Comment by James Cox on November 29, 2012 at 1:04pm

The christians DO NOT OWN XMAS!

The christians DO NOT OWN AMERICA!

The christians DO NOT OWN HONESTY!

The christians DO NOT OWN HISTORY!

Was that too loud?

Comment by Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) on November 29, 2012 at 3:51pm

@Cody - the start of your post ("...the one day a year they go to church...") reminded me of a great term for those types of churchgoers. I actually learned this from my UU minister (yes, I'm an out-of-the-closet atheist who is also a Unitarian Universalist). He called those type of congregants "CEO members", with CEO standing for Christmas (and) Easter Only.

As for me and my family, we definitely celebrate the Winter Holidays (and yes, we often refer to it as "Christmas", since it is such a part of our lexicon). We all tend to say "Happy Holidays" to others rather than Merry Xmas, and the cards we send out all say something to the affect of Happy Holidays - no religious connotation whatsoever. My kids were raised to understand the respective histories of the holidays around this time of year (all of the big ones, not just Xmas) - the ones we've mainly covered are Xmas (both protestant and Catholic versions), Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. It was much easier for us to cover these because of our UU fellowship - we cover these during RE (Religious Education, or what is commonly referred to as "Sunday School"). They are taught the history, customs, meanings, etc. of the holidays.

Overall, we mainly focus on the fact that we "celebrate" this time of year to give to others ("charity"), reconnect with loved ones, and spend quality time with those we love. They fully understand that, outside of the name, there's really nothing particularly "religious" about Xmas at all unless you make the effort to infuse it into your celebrations.



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