This time of year is difficult for some people. Often, Christmas is thrust upon folks who may not believe in God. I still enjoy the season even though I'm an agnostic. I enjoy the togetherness and the gathering of families. Do you think it's OK to celebrate a religious holiday without celebrating the religion?
Of course it is.
Most of what I did for the season surrounding "religion" was mainly cultural expectations - not religious ones. (except going to church). lol
My family knows I'm atheist.
We gather at my sister's home and she and her husband attend Mass on Christmas day - there is no hint that I would. She knows my reasons for despising religion and respects them. So we get along just fine.
It also helps that her practices are far more Humanist than Catholic.
On a late night comedy show recently I heard the term “praytheist” which was defined as some who pretends to be religious for the holidays just to keep the peace in the family. I almost fell out of my chair laughing because I knew the feeling well. I enjoy the family gatherings and especially the food!! My family is aware of my feelings about religion but they’re loving and accepting of me and don’t mention it and we all have a great time.
I tried something new this year when I was informed that a few of my colleagues we're having a hard time with the holidays. I work with a lot of specialist talent, but many who are athiest or agnostic. This time of year can leave many feeling even more isloated than usual. So even though I am not "captain social" myself, I took a chance and organized a lunch hour out with colleagues.
It was a small thing for me, but a big thing for them. I received several thank yous for the invitation and one person came in on their day off to join us just for the event.
Some people are separated from family by religion. Some people were always allowed to poke fun at religion. Some people felt they had no friends to socialize with and beliefs had nothing to do with it.
Sandwiches brought us all together. We can all support each other in the moment. A grand day. I can now go back to being a champion introvert.
I'm fairly certain Yule was a celebration first, then pagans put superstitious meaning in it, then the invading Christians stole it and now pretends "Christmas" trees, Santa etc. are part of the celebration of the birth of a middle eastern Jewish socialist hippie.
Let me put it another way. It's ok for a non-believer to celebrate a "Christian" holiday, as long as you don't do anything distinctly Christian.
I will be 'celebrating' alone. Just another day for me here in N.C. BUT, if I were in Wisconsin, my home State, I'd be celebrating with my younger daughter, her SO, and his family and visiting my siblings, all of who still live there. But, it would not be to celebrate christmas, it would be so that I could see them all again. I don't get back to Wisconsin as often as I used to.
I personally am fine with it. I don't follow any religions but respect those that do, as long as they're not arrogant about it. If someone tells me "Merry Christmas" I'll respond with the same, to me It's just a nice thing to say and Christmas is just a name to me and not some significant religious thing. Same thing with someone saying "God bless" or "have a blessed day", I take that as someone wishing me well and it doesn't cross the line of preaching to me or a "do things my way" undertone. I just thank them and move on.
I think it’s totally okay to celebrate and have fun.
I agree with other’s comments that it’s not religious holiday. Basically religion “hijacked” the winter solstice to make the celebration more popular.
What’s the historical evidence that Jesus was born on December 25?
Even Bible doesn’t say this, I don’t think ‘December’ was there when it was written .
I think this page will give you more details: [google.com]
In addition, sharing this picture I came across yesterday in Facebook
Have fun, Happy Holidays!
As strange as it may sound, celebrating Christmas is something I only started doing after becoming an atheist. In fact, it is something I was excited about doing for the first time. The religion I was brought up with didn't allow the celebration of "secular" holidays, which is what they considered Christmas.
it's even worse if you're jewish. even before i was an atheist, i was inundated with christmas to the point of feeling oppressed. as an (atheistic) adult i did for a time enjoy the parties thrown every christmas eve by certain friends of mine. there was a tree and beyond that no mention of christmas at all. it was just a party. but the rest of it -- the ubiquitousness of the whole christmas thing, the decorations, the songs, the sales clerks wishing everyone a merry christmas even though a significant percentage of those receiving that wish might not be celebrants and/or might even be celebrating holidays of their own, the ASSUMPTION that everyone is christian -- i find it oppressive.