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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Poll: What Holiday do You Celebrate This Time of Year?





I was on Atheist Revolution and reading the post Secular Alternatives to Christmas. That got me to wondering about the holiday season and whether or not my family does the "typical" atheist thing. I'm sitting across from our artificial tree (the Wife is allergic to the real ones). We call it a Christmas tree even though both of our kids understand that Christianity absorbed (ripped off?) various aspects of other faiths. Our stockings are hung with not so much care, but they will be filled on Christmas morning. While our oldest, Will, who is ten, doesn't believe in Santa, Ali, who is seven, does believe in him fervently. The Wife and I have decided to keep the myth of Santa going. It's a harmless belief, considering that there are no pro-Santa suicide bombers running about.

Of course, none of the Christian myths swirling about this holiday season are taken seriously in our home.

What about you? There is a poll up in the upper left corner of the blog asking you what, if any, holiday you celebrate this time of year. Feel free to comment below.

LiP

16 comments:

  1. I don't celebrate Christmas. It's not a season of giving, it's a season of spending yourself into debt. That's what's wrong with this world is everybody thinks the sky fairy is going to pay the tab.

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  2. Christmas (secularly of course), also my dad's birthday (yesterday).

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  3. When I first came out as an atheist, I felt the need to avoid using the "C-word". Now I don't have any hang-ups about it.

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  4. Just xmas, I enjoy the family, friends, food, drinks and of course the gifts! ... No need of invisible friend to celebrate the winter solstice!

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  5. Just xmas, I enjoy the family, friends, food, drinks and of course the gifts! ... No need of invisible friend to celebrate the winter solstice!

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  6. I celebrate the Solstice (usually solitary), and do Christmas with the family (because it's obligatory).

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  7. Christmas is for the kids, like yours. Let them enjoy this harmless fun. In a few years you can "enlighten" them or better still let them explore for themselves. Why on earth would I tell my grandkids it's all a myth?

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  8. I celebrate the Solstice because it's real. All those other holidays are just made up human crap.

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  9. Directionally challenged, Andrew? ;)

    It's on the upper left corner, not right.

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  10. I enjoy celebrating the Winter Solstice because it is an actual event that has held great importance for our species throughout history. The long march of darkness comes to a halt and the world is reborn in light. From the death of winter comes the resurrection of spring. Gee I wonder how so many religious myths were created to be celebrated around the Winter Solstice? ; ) Many in my family are religious and celebrate Christmas. I don't mind because in my old age I feel no need to give them a history lesson in how their holiday came into existence. I just enjoy their company and the plethora of food. The one tradition I have created for my own home to celebrate the season is the Trekmas Tree. I have most of the Star Trek ornaments from the Hallmark collection that started in 1991. They are very colorful, many have cool voice or musical clips and they honor the True Reason for the Season... humanity's ability to evolve and understand our universe through scientific inquiry. May the Great Bird of the Galaxy "bless" us all.

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  11. We celebrate the Winter Solstice. We live in the boondocks of northern Wisconsin & the winter solstice means only about 3 more months of winter for us. Although we do enjoy the winter sports like snowmobiling & skiing, watching the world come alive in the spring is like nothing else. All the birds return & our neighbors, a family of sandhill cranes, set up housekeeping for their next batch of kiddies. They stop by at least twice a day to partake of the corn we put out for all of our neighbors. Since we have no neighbors of the human variety they all hold a special place in our hearts. This day, above all others, tells us their arrival is not all that far away.

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  12. We celebrate the Winter Solstice. We live in the boondocks of northern Wisconsin & the winter solstice means only about 3 more months of winter for us. Although we do enjoy the winter sports like snowmobiling & skiing, watching the world come alive in the spring is like nothing else. All the birds return & our neighbors, a family of sandhill cranes, set up housekeeping for their next batch of kiddies. They stop by at least twice a day to partake of the corn we put out for all of our neighbors. Since we have no neighbors of the human variety they all hold a special place in our hearts. This day, above all others, tells us their arrival is not all that far away.

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  13. I usually enjoy Mondays & there are quite a few of them at the Yule time of the year. They always seem to follow either hectic or dull weekends so provide a perfect 24 hours in which to recuperate or reflect. Great times for reflecting and decision making.

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  14. Well, on fb I wished everyone a Merry Mithmas. And then on my blog I wished them happy holidays.

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