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08-12-2014, 05:44 PM
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I was a Christian when I was a child and then proclaimed to be one at times when I didn't even feel it. Now I am being honest as proclaiming I am an atheist. I don't believe in any God(s). My family (consisting of my brother and his family)has a get together on Christmas and exchange gifts and have a meal. I don't have any get togethers at this time of year. None of us go to church or anything like that yet we still have the get together on Christmas. I guess it's just tradition. I really don't care about the Christmas day now or celebrating it. If there was a Jesus I feel he was just another man on earth who they made up elaborate stories about after he died. I don't see how rational people can believe in a God. It seems to me that our Christmas is drawn out a long time to get people to buy a lot and spend a lot. I am not spending any money for this day. So, do you do anything on Christmas as an atheist?
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08-12-2014, 05:53 PM
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I agree with what Seth has to say about it! Shy When I actually make it down to see them, for me it's about getting together with family and getting drunk & playing cards with the cool ones, while the happy-happy-joy-joy crowd goes driving around looking at lights, & singing carols Laugh out load

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08-12-2014, 05:58 PM
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(08-12-2014 05:44 PM)RuthD Wrote:  I was a Christian when I was a child and then proclaimed to be one at times when I didn't even feel it. Now I am being honest as proclaiming I am an atheist. I don't believe in any God(s). My family (consisting of my brother and his family)has a get together on Christmas and exchange gifts and have a meal. I don't have any get togethers at this time of year. None of us go to church or anything like that yet we still have the get together on Christmas. I guess it's just tradition. I really don't care about the Christmas day now or celebrating it. If there was a Jesus I feel he was just another man on earth who they made up elaborate stories about after he died. I don't see how rational people can believe in a God. It seems to me that our Christmas is drawn out a long time to get people to buy a lot and spend a lot. I am not spending any money for this day. So, do you do anything on Christmas as an atheist?

I second what Gulegon wrote. Seth did a great job with this. My son, who is 7 asked about christmas the other day and my wife (a believer) said that some people celebrate Jesus' b-Day on it. I then followed it up with essentially the same thing that Seth said (which actually got me in a bit of hot water). This time of year has always been about those you love, whether real or imagined.

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08-12-2014, 06:02 PM
RE: Do Atheists Celebrate Christmas?
Sure. It's mostly pagan. Drinking Beverage

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08-12-2014, 06:05 PM
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(08-12-2014 05:44 PM)RuthD Wrote:  I was a Christian when I was a child and then proclaimed to be one at times when I didn't even feel it. Now I am being honest as proclaiming I am an atheist. I don't believe in any God(s). My family (consisting of my brother and his family)has a get together on Christmas and exchange gifts and have a meal. I don't have any get togethers at this time of year. None of us go to church or anything like that yet we still have the get together on Christmas. I guess it's just tradition. I really don't care about the Christmas day now or celebrating it. If there was a Jesus I feel he was just another man on earth who they made up elaborate stories about after he died. I don't see how rational people can believe in a God. It seems to me that our Christmas is drawn out a long time to get people to buy a lot and spend a lot. I am not spending any money for this day. So, do you do anything on Christmas as an atheist?

I don't do anything for Christmas.

On Giftmas, however... I like to partake in the reception and exchange of gifts or money from family.

Fortunately, I was excused from buying gifts for my mother's side since I'm supposed to be saving as much as a I can for the coming year and am otherwise strapped for cash...

Usually, I would go with my father's side up to a caravan park to camp and see my grandparents far up the peninsula. However, I decided to stay with my mother this year... So I'll probably be lounging about at home all day, instead of in a tent all week.

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08-12-2014, 07:27 PM
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In a sort of "fuck you" ironic way, yes.

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08-12-2014, 07:42 PM
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(08-12-2014 06:02 PM)Chas Wrote:  Sure. It's mostly pagan. Drinking Beverage

Exactly. The holiday was around a long time before Christianity, exactly why would I let them hijack it? Christians don't have the market cornered on getting together with family, overeating, and partying it up.
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08-12-2014, 07:47 PM
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(08-12-2014 07:42 PM)Superluminal Wrote:  Christians don't have the market cornered on getting together with family, overeating, and partying it up.

Amen.

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08-12-2014, 07:47 PM
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I fucking love Christmas. I love the decorations, the music (even the religious stuff), the food, the family get-togethers, the gift-giving, the cheesy TV specials, whole nine yards. My in-laws are Catholic, and now watching the midnight mass on Christmas Eve is part of my yearly routine.

I know this is weird and I won't pretend that it isn't. I've loved Christmas stuff for as long as I can remember, and even though the religious part played a major role during my life prior to deconversion, there was still a bunch of secular stuff that was always a part of it, and I never saw reason to ditch it completely just because I didn't believe in the religious aspect anymore. I never believed in Santa, but the songs and images and stories about him were always a part of it, even when I knew it wasn't real. Now I treat the stuff about Jesus the same way.

I'm just thinking out loud.
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08-12-2014, 07:50 PM
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I tried to stop celebrating but I'm conditioned just like everyone else, and I found if I don't participate somewhat I'm shunned or misjudged by my family and friends. Until January. Hahaha! I do love the smell of a pine in my home so I do the tree, but not with santas and jesuses. I keep it... just wintery.

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