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What's the point of celebrating Christmas or Easter if you're an atheist??

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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.

BucketlistBob Level 4 Nov 17, 2017
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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!

LDReynolds Level 2 Nov 16, 2017
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Dear Jewel,
Would you like to meet for coffee?
Michael

MichaelSelkow Level 1 Nov 16, 2017
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for the feast

btroje Level 4 Nov 13, 2017
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Any day off from work is a good day to spend with family. You can put all the rituals and bs stories to the side and just enjoy good company.

TonyATO Level 2 Nov 12, 2017
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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.

CaptainAwesome Level 4 Nov 12, 2017
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Christmas has two aspects for me,
One is paid time off of work,
The other Is that my concept of the commercialism of it is that it is a time for buying people you don't like things they do not want.

Angel Level 1 Nov 12, 2017
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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.

keremcantekin Level 1 Nov 11, 2017
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It's an excuse to visit family and friends. Often peopel are too busy to visit as often as they feel they should, and this gives an excuse.

snytiger6 Level 7 Nov 11, 2017
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Besides, these holidays were stolen by christians anyway...

Jewellinerd Level 3 Nov 11, 2017
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I personally think most people wouldn't if it weren't for the social aspect of it. It's an excuse for people to get together.

Jewellinerd Level 3 Nov 11, 2017
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I don't per say, while I will go to enjoy the family and friends because they are all in one place at the same time. though I do enjoy complimenting them on their pagan tree, and the godess aster for fertility.

MichaelSpinler Level 7 Nov 11, 2017
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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!

THOTH Level 4 Nov 11, 2017
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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.

Undies Level 2 Nov 11, 2017
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Because they are fun!

Barbie Level 2 Nov 11, 2017
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a day off coz the corporations sure wouldn't give you one if they didn't have to

markdevenish Level 5 Nov 11, 2017
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If you like to socialize with folks it is a reason to get together.

Digerati Level 4 Nov 11, 2017
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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.

MsOliver Level 5 Nov 11, 2017
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Any excuse for a holiday is a good excuse. No need to be bothered by the religious reason, just enjoy the family get together time etc.

Squirrellglider Level 7 Nov 11, 2017
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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.

carlyhorton Level 4 Nov 11, 2017
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Absolutely, no reason not to enjoy the family get togethers and traditions.
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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.

Allan Level 4 Nov 11, 2017
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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.

Ravenwolfcasey Level 5 Nov 11, 2017
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Usually for the sake of family, and maybe friends. If I didn't have family and friends who value these things and want me around for them, I wouldn't celebrate them all.

bingst Level 6 Nov 11, 2017
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