(Closed) Atheist ladies, do you celebrate Christmas?

posted 8 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 # 93
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    17 posts
    Newbee

    I look at christmas more as a festive time to get together with friends and loved ones, spend some time together, and reflect. As an athiest  christmas has no other meaning to me other than showing the ones I love that I love them.

    Post # 94
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    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

     Every celebration is a mix of different cultures and  traditions. If the very religious get to have Santa, Jesus, and a pagan tree. I think we can sing a few carols and make cookies with the family. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 95
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    18 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    I’m agnostic and the bf is atheist, but gosh I just love Christmas! The classic religious songs are the ones that get me the most. They’re just so elegant, and put me right into the mood!

    Christmas hardly seems religious to me, really. It’s just a time of wintery joy and compassion. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 96
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    39 posts
    Newbee

    I was raised in an atheist family (well, my parents are atheists…our extended family is, for the most part, religious). My parents gave us the Santa Claus experience and then we exchanged (less and less elaborate) gifts as the years went on and my brother and I got older.

    I remember several times growing up, after we were old enough to know Santa wasn’t real, how our parents would take us skiing/snowboarding “for Christmas” instead of doing gifts. We loved it! They even took us out of school a day early as part of our “Christmas present” ๐Ÿ™‚ Now THAT was a treat!

    In college, I’d visit them and bring a little something, but for the most part we just used it as an excuse to spend the day together. Now as a “real” grown-up, we no longer exchange gifts at all but I do feel obligated to send some of my extended relatives (grandparents, etc) something, as they are religious and I want to be sensitive to that. 

    Post # 97
    Member
    23 posts
    Newbee

    I am atheist, as are my husband, my kids, their fiance and boyfriend, my sister and her kids. That was our group this year for our Xmas celebration. I love the decorations, the spirit of the time. We had a tree and a bunch of other Xmas decorations, and also lit a Mennorah and had a Festivus pole. One year we tried Kwanzaa, but we weren’t sure how to do it. I’m for anything that involves presents, lights, cookies. I was raised Catholic, and went to Catholic schools through high school–not so much for the religious aspect, but because the public school was dangerous. So I still love all of the religious Xmas songs. They remind me of my childhood. I particularly love “Oh Holy Night”  sung by Celine Dion, because it sounds like she really believes what she’s singing about. I don’t believe it, but I find it kinda beautiful that she does. I feel the same way about Cat Stevens and “Morning has Broken”- gorgeous song, lots of feeling. That level of feeling about anything–art, religion, family– is inspiring to me.

    Post # 98
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    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think the winter holidays are firmly rooted in the change of the seasons and economics, both of which to me are science and not really religion. So sure, I celebrate it. Not always thrilled with the whole bombardment of “BUY BUY BUY!” and constant annoying Christmas songs on the radio. But it is nice to see family you otherwise might not the rest of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 99
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    3617 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @Jillbean:  Of course I celebrate it, it is a cultural thing more so than a religious thing.

    Honestly, what annoys me far more than the religious slant is the consumer slant, the crazed “busyness” of the thing.

    So in that regard I guess that I react like a Christian. I’d like the holdiay to be more low key and more about celebration and fmaily and less stupidly noisy and expensive and crazed. For instance, why do we need 3 freeking parties at work? We do not. etc etc.

    Post # 100
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    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Yes!! It’s such fun! It isn’t all about the birth of Jesus anyway. It’s also about giving and being generous and joyful, which everyone can relate to.

    Post # 101
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    18 posts
    Newbee

    I agree with others that christmas is hardly religious for anyone these days, so I have no problem celebrating it.  It’s not one of my favorite holidays though, since there always seems to be so much stress and friction.  But I do like the christmas decorations, and of course presents!  The weird thing about getting older is I’m much more excited about getting presents for people than receiving them!!!

    Post # 102
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    36 posts
    Newbee

    I do, but only because my family does. My spouse and I talked about it this year, and I think we are going to try to do a Christmas vacation from now on instead. 

    Post # 103
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    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

    It has such pagan roots, I see no problem with family traditions!

    Post # 104
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    34 posts
    Newbee

    Heck yeah! Christians don’t have a monopoly on Christmas, they stole it from other cultures, and much about popular Christmas traditions and celebrations has absolutely nothing to do with religion (although it does include other fictitious characters like Santa and Rudolph, ha ha).

    Then again, I also like Christmas carols, just like I like hymns… being raised in it, they comfort me and I think it is more about community and human beliefs than believing in/celebrating any one religion.

    Post # 105
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    1357 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Yep, I love it. It’s a secular holiday to me, as a lot of the symbolism is easy to separate from Christianity.

    Darling Husband, on the other hand, is a Lutheran Christmas-hater.

    Post # 106
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    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I agree with everyone that has posted…….I view Christmas as a family holiday.  A time to come togethe and appreciate each other at the end of the year.  

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