(Closed) Atheist ladies, do you celebrate Christmas?

posted 7 years ago in Secular
  • poll: Do you celebrate Christmas despite your atheism?
    Yes, and I love it! : (310 votes)
    83 %
    Yes, because my family does or I otherwise feel obliged. : (47 votes)
    13 %
    No, I would but my FI/family/whoever doesn't want to. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    No, I don't care about it. : (15 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Yep. I just really like the feeling of it all.

    Post # 4
    Member
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Although I’m not religious but I love Christmas and Christmas songs. It seems like everyone is nicer at that time and I love the decor. It just feels warm. Also, it’s an excuse to give presents, receiving them (and I love any occasion where I’ll be receiving gifts) and family gathering. lol

    Post # 5
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I love christmas. The whole Santa, Christmas Tree, Winter Wonderland Christmas. I really have never associated it much with Christianity other than the nativity scene which irritates me. I just love the joy of the season so much that I get over it. 

    Post # 6
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m probably more agnostic than atheist but I love Christmas!  To me it’s just a good time to be with family and celebrate.  

     

    Post # 7
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Yes. Christmas, to me, is more about spending time with family and all the family traditions rather than the religious aspect. I feel the same way about Easter. I love decorating the house, the smell of gingerbread, baking cookies with my mom, putting up the tree, wrapping presents, etc.

    Post # 8
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    3068 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Yep! Christmas is more of a family holiday to me then a religous holiday to me. I love giving gifts and spending time with the ones that I love.

    Post # 9
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    2981 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I love the crap out of christmas too. I love the whole holiday vibe/baking/time with family. Actually alot of holiday icons such as the tree, the yule log etc are pagan in origin, not Christian. Fun fact. 🙂

    Post # 11
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Eight6Eleven: Exactly!  I mean really the Christians kind of ripped off a lot of elements from solstice celebrations so I am not going to feel bad for celebrating the holiday without incorporating the whole baby jesus thing.  Although I must confess, I do have a crystal nativity scene, because I think it’s pretty. 

    Post # 12
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    689 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I celebrate because it means so much to my Mom. Oddly, shes the biggest atheist I know. I just wish everyone (by everyone I mean Americans) would just think about Thanksgiving more. Its way more my favorite holiday. Christmas songs rock though…

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I love Christmas! I agree with PPs- to me it’s more of a family celebration and a time to appreciate the people you love. Plus, all of the decorations and food and general happiness are so nice to be around 🙂

    Post # 14
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    689 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    double post

    Post # 15
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    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am a staunch atheist and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas. Like I’m borderline obsessed. I seriously listen to Christmas music year round and watch Christmas movies (though I try not to overdose because then it takes away the specialness of it all during the season — anticipation is half the fun!) and I start planning gifts in September. We decorate every year on Black Friday whether or not Fiance likes it (hint: he never does 😛 ) and literally the very first thought I had upon moving into our new duplex was: we have a living room big enough for a Christmas tree!! A full size Christmas tree! When we set the furniture up when we moved in I even told Fiance: this is where our Christmas tree will go. (We moved in just two weeks ago, so middle of July.) He thought I was nuts.

    I was raised Catholic but now when I look back on all the years of celebrating Christmas as a Catholic (when I was too young to realize there were other ways of life), I honestly never really thought of it as “celebrating the birth of Jesus”. To me it has always, always, whether consciously or not, been about the gathering of family and the cooking and the lights and the decorating and the happiness and the joy of being surrounded by loved ones near and far and just the tradition of it all. For this reason I still to this day don’t even mind going to midnight mass to celebrate — I simply don’t kneel anymore and don’t take communion. Midnight mass with my family is just part of the tradition for me, and Christmas Eve honestly feels somewhat anticlimactic when I don’t go. I don’t think I’d ever go of my own volition though — I only ever go when my family or FI’s family gathers. Once Fiance and I are married we might skip going to midnight mass and instead stay in watching Christmas movies and sipping hot chocolate and watching the snow fall.

    AAAHH now I want it to be Christmas!! Gonna have to bust out the iTunes Radio Christmas station tonight…

    Post # 16
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @Eight6Eleven: A lot of cultures have ripped off things from Pagans. Like jumping the brooms. AA slaves did not come up with that idea. The ancient Celts have been doing it for a LOOOONG time.

    It is arguable that Christmas isn’t actually religious at all, considering that no one really knows when Christ was born and there is logical argument to assume that he was not even born in winter. Not to mention that Christmas didn’t even become the birthday of Christ until the 4th century and the traditions of Christmas pre-date the birth of Christ by several centuries.

    The true origin of Chrismas is said to be the birthday of the ancient Persian god Mithras.

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