I identify as agnostic but I can’t imagine not celebrating Christmas. I don’t feel like a hypocrite or a fake. It’s a opportunity when most of the family is available to get together, so we do. We observe all of the traditions except the “voodoo”. We use the term “Merry Christmas”. I think we are among the majority of North Americans and Western Europeans? Thoughts?
How would anyone answer this question without living all over the country as well as all over western Europe?! They can guess I suppose??
I will say this, prior to joining this site I have only ever met one atheist besides myself. If my sample in indicative of the rest of the US, you are a minority?
Take care of an elderly parent that likes Christmas and will put up with the religious part for the sake of getting family together, the older she gets, the harder it is to keep her views to herself and will end up fighting with my super-religious older sister. We were all raised Athiest from day one but my sister admitted to a "status benefit" to joining a church after college but now denies she ever said that.
If you think Christmas has anything to do with the Christian religion you are sorely mistaken. The holiday is taken from pagan times. Assuming that jesus was real, according to biblical scholars he was born in 4BCE. Many religions have their "saviour" born on 25th December of a virgin. There has always been a mid winter festival, probably to keep people happy and to look forward to spring and the warmer weather.
I tossed every Xmas decor in my home years ago. However my sister is a Christmas decor hourder with a vomiting account of yard decor. I do to the partys, I exchange gifts. I drink the beer and enjoy their cheer. However I've witnessed none of them go to church and no praying takes place. They just repeat was they was taught. They know where I stand though. It all seems so ridiculous to me but who am I to take away from what seems like joy to them