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Why this atheist celebrates Christmas

02 Dec

Christmas is a day to celebrate the birth of the savior Jesus Christ.  I do not believe in a savior or any god, vengeful or loving.  Yet every December I still erect a tree in my living room and hand out gifts to family and friends alike.  Some may scratch their heads at this, understandably, but for me it is perfectly natural.  To me, gift giving is a way to show my love to my family and friends, tell them I appreciate them and that I am thankful they are in my life (within budget, of course).  The tree reminds me of my youth when Mom and I would decorate our tree after our Thanksgiving meal.  It makes me smile to remember the time spent with Mom, especially since I see her and Dad only a few times a year now.  So, even though I don’t believe it the man behind the holiday, is it so wrong for me to want to spread a little happiness to others and have a little myself?

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Posted by on December 2, 2010 in About me

 

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2 responses to “Why this atheist celebrates Christmas

  1. Shamelessly Atheist

    December 6, 2010 at 12:47 am

    If it makes you feel any better, Christianity has no hold on the giving of gifts or the Christmas tree. The former has its roots in the Roman festival Saturnalia and the latter from German pagan religions.

    There’s nothing wrong with taking what we believe is good from religions and leaving the bad. That’s how societies grow. And none of the good that is contained within Christianity has nothing to do with a belief in any god. Christianity itself did exactly the same, but unfortunately kept the god nonsense.

     
    • Liz

      December 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

      That does make me feel better, thanks. I haven’t gotten a lot of grief about celebrating Christmas, as I’ve recently come out of the atheist closet. I shouldn’t have to apologize or explain but sometimes I feel like I need to.

       

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