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.