Well... Hey Friend,
Watch the movie, The Christmas Carol. The older version. It has a story line that helps people be kind and generous. Wow! How about the Wizard of Oz. Its so perfect in helping people see the good, bad ,and the ugly. At the end of the movie, everyone realized something special in themself. I celebrate life and people, and love, and laughter. I just don't beleive theres a god of my understanding. Im saying I don't know it all. But I know the happiness of giving myself to others. Love you man.
Oh yes. Im not telling you what to do Sir. Im sharing my insight.
I somehow feel that the holiday is worth celebrating. I like to put up a tree and decorate it. I mean, the holiday WAS a pagan holiday at one time and the Christians just took it over. Gift giving is another fun aspect and so are the parties. You don't need a god to be merry and bright!
About three years ago my son (12 then) and my daughter (14 then) asked me not to ever give them anything on xmas anymore. I have raised my children to be logical thinkers, to have and express their opinions, to put fact before fiction, and to not follow anyone or anything mindlessly. They both do this in a very respectful manner. For a time their mother (we have been divorced for quite some time) tried to force them to go to church, to think the same way she thinks, and to honor all of her catholic customs. Needless to say, they chose to live with me and have been doing so for the past two years. In short, if my kids do not want xmas (with all the bells and whistles it brings with it) and since they do not believe in rabbits pooping chocolate eggs in honor of a jewish zombie . . . I have absolutely no reason to celebrate either.
You may not believe that there was a god, you had a son, born in Christmas and rise from dead again on Easter. However Christmas and Easter are still part of the culture in Christian majority countries. And sharing that culture may mean for you something. So you may not believe in Christ, but you can be culturally Christian, liking Christian culture, at least partially. Same thing may apply to Islamic holidays.
If you bother to do some research BOTH festivities was about SUN AND LIFE.... Hence the astrological coincidence...The Christians that stole it because they had no leg to stand on.
The more research you do before speaking without knowledge...the more intelligent you sound and
That's a Fact!
Apart from their Pagan inception, and planetary alignments, they're a break from the mundane. But notice both those days you mention are very ancient sacrificial days, and Roman days to gather people together in their Coliseum, or amphitheatres. Interesting links if you search through all the false leads.
We don't celebrate either in my household. I did get my sons a gift at Christmas and let them egg hunt on Easter when they were too little to make their own choices, mainly so that they would not be confused when their peers talked about the holiday. I used the holidays as a cultural educational moment, if you will. My youngest son actually had a Muslim teacher in first grade and that year Ramadan conveniently fell in December as well, so we literally celebrated four different holidays that month, examining the beliefs and traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas (both secular and Christian versions,) Ramadan, and Kwanzaa. It was enjoyable for all of us and gave them the opportunity to look at these different cultures objectively.
I love Halloween, but I don't believe in ghosts or that the dead's "spirits" roam the earth. I get a kick out of St. Patrick's day, but I don't believe in saints. Same with "Saint" Valentine's Day. The story of Jesus's birth, to me, is on-par with the story of Santa Claus (though less interesting and fun.) Easter and Christmas are a part of my culture and my family tradition and I enjoy them even though I don't buy into the magical elements that are embedded.
They are generally agreed time to gather with family and friends.
About chocolate, presents and meals together, rather than the birth and death of middle-eastern dissident and revolutionary. (Complex to get everyone to agree on alternate days.)
Halloween used to be All Hallows Eve.
Christmas and Easter are going the same way, becoming secular.
Well unfortunately if you want to have a party and be with family ya kinda have to..the entire Christian faith is basically stealing pagen and other religions holidays so to convert them to Christianity...and people refused to convert and obey if they were not allowed to still have their celebrations and festivals...it was the only major entertainment of those times..also how people socialized.