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?
Why this atheist celebrates Christmas