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Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:29 pm

I am an Atheist, and I celebrate Christmas. Specifically, because I just like to (and so does my wife), and I like the idea of giving presents to others once a year. I like the decorations, for a change, and it's fun sometimes to see what we can do with them. I also enjoy the lights, both mine and others. It also give me an idea of how others perceive what I like. And I just can't keep up with everyone's birthdays :oops: - although my wife does a better job of this.

Whats more, I grew up not celebrating Christmas, after my parents celebrated it until I was about 6, and I experienced what it was like for a child to see other children who did, and didn't. You see, the church I grew up in did not believe in celebrating Christmas, or birthdays either. When I got a girlfriend (and then wife later) who did, I took advantage of the situation, and it felt good.

Clarification: What I mean by celebrating, is like putting up a "tree" or exchanging gifts; I consider christmas (or any) church services to be worship, not celebrating.

So, fellow Atheists, Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah? Why? :?:
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby dr210077 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:34 pm

I also celebrate christmas, although I make a concerted effort not to display an religious paraphernalia in my choice of decorations.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby invisible chzbrgr » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:36 pm

YES I love Christmas.

I love the lights, the awful music in stores, the trees, the presents, the shopping, the time off, the candy and cookies that appear at work every day immediately after Thanksgiving, the movies and TV specials, I love it all and always have. (I'd add in seeing family too, but that doesn't happen every year.) Christmas was always magical for all those reasons, all my life.

What I don't like about the Christmas season, is that in December, if you don't learn to say no to people, you could end up with no free time. Everyone wants to have a party or get-together in December. Sounds like a good thing, but seriously exhausting if you accept all invitations. :D
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby TheBlueFalconX » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:27 pm

I enjoy celebrating the whole tree putting up, and gift exchanging thingy.

There's usually not too much religious paraphernalia around and if there is... it wasn't me who put it up. I just ignore it or laugh silently.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby Jnthn44 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:31 pm

i LOOOVE christmas. Pretty much for all the same reasons people have posted already. Plus, peopl just seem happier that time of year.

As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing religious about trees, presents and Santa Claus so religious paraphernalia is not needed :D
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:14 pm

invisible chzbrgr wrote:YES I love Christmas.

What I don't like about the Christmas season, is that in December, if you don't learn to say no to people, you could end up with no free time. Everyone wants to have a party or get-together in December. Sounds like a good thing, but seriously exhausting if you accept all invitations. :D

Yeah, you're not in the North. The snow changes that here. People are afraid that a snow- or ice-storm may put the kibosh on those.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:17 pm

Commercialism has conveniently sapped most of the religion out of most Christmas decorations. Not that I condone commercialism, I dislike commercialism.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby dr210077 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:22 pm

HalloweenWeed wrote:Commercialism has conveniently sapped most of the religion out of most Christmas decorations. Not that I condone commercialism, I dislike commercialism.

I fully agrees here, and it's not just xmas, but also easter, halloween, mother's day, father's day, and to a lesser extent birthdays. Hell the celebration industry have even tried to start their own day, "grandparent's day" :x
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby Jnthn44 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:08 pm

dr210077 wrote:
HalloweenWeed wrote:Commercialism has conveniently sapped most of the religion out of most Christmas decorations. Not that I condone commercialism, I dislike commercialism.

I fully agrees here, and it's not just xmas, but also easter, halloween, mother's day, father's day, and to a lesser extent birthdays. Hell the celebration industry have even tried to start their own day, "grandparent's day" :x


Gotta love the Hallmark holidays

I wonder what the next one will be....Estranged Cousin Day? :O
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby jscott1213 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:52 pm

Jnthn44 wrote:
Gotta love the Hallmark holidays

I wonder what the next one will be....Estranged Cousin Day? :O


A Festivus for the rest of us!

My family celebrates - Soltice. Anytime family can get together it's good! Food, drink, then ...
All religious items/meanings have been left out. My husband doesn't like putting up a tree but I have a small artificial one that is decorated with camping ornaments and one on the porch has Santa and pink flamingoes. It is a light festival so around my house the season is bright.
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