Why do atheists celebrate Christmas?

Posted: March 22nd 2011

Dave Hitt www

I like all the things the other posters mentioned, plus shiny things. I like the lights and the ornaments and the glitter and the tinsel.

I have ornaments shaped like Spiderman, Unicorns and angels – and I consider each of those creatures equally real.

There’s not all that much Christ in Christmas anyway, so it doesn’t take much effort to remove it entirely from our family celebration. Most Christmas traditions pre-date Christianity, so I consider it basking in our human heritage rather than celebrating a magic zombie.

Oooo, look, something shiny. I’ll be right back…

Posted: March 24th 2011

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I celebrate the winter solstice (perhaps with a bit of Saturnalia thrown in), which was a time of celebration for thousands of years before the Christians co-opted it in the 4th century or so. We decorate a live tree, exchange presents, that sort of thing.

Posted: March 24th 2011

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George Locke

If by “celebrate Christmas” you mean rejoice at the birth of Christ, we don’t. It says something about the nature of the holiday that that’s probably not what you meant.

Posted: March 24th 2011

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Reed Braden www

I celebrate Christmas because I love making gifts, buying gifts, giving gifts, receiving gifts, shopping, feasting, cooking, spending time with my family, decorating, watching Christmas specials, and doing almost everything else Christians do during the holiday.

In fact, I always spend Christmas with my Christian family, and it has never once made me feel like an outsider. Most Christians simply don’t put Christ into Christmas except, occasionally, they might go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve for an hour or two, but the rest of the holiday is just good family fun. It’s hilarious to me that they make such a fuss about atheists trying to take Jesus out of Christmas every year when they’re the ones who nurture the many pagan traditions that distract them from what they consider the reason of the season to be.

And these traditions long predate Christianity. The tree, the gifting, the feasting, the stockings, and even the Dec. 25th date are all pre-Christian pagan traditions. I’m all for celebrating pagan holidays! Not because I’m a pagan, but because the pagans knew how to friggin’ party!

Posted: March 24th 2011

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Atheists, like Richard Dawkins do so as secularists—the holiday is time for celebrating anyway you want, for most it is valued time with family.

Here in France, Christmas is mostly secular. I have gone to many friends’ celebration during this time, and it is focused on friendship and having fun. No one talks about Christ at all ever.

My husband and I cook our favorite dishes and read books we got for each other which has nothing to do with Christ and more to do with just relaxing and having some time off (most everything is closed).

Posted: March 24th 2011

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Paula Kirby www

This one doesn’t.

Posted: March 24th 2011

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