(Closed) NWR – Celebrating Christmas without believing in God?

posted 9 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I agree, completely.  But his might be the one connection she has to God.  She might not believe it now.  But something about the Christmas season might open her eyes one day.  Here’s hoping and praying.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It shouldn’t be called Christmas, it should be called Consumermas. So much of the stuff surrounding the holiday has nothing to do with religion, and unless you’re going to church and have that mindset already, all the traditions are just a way of experiencing the warm fuzzies.

Your question reminds me of this great joke. “What do you say to an atheist who sneezes? When you die, nothing happens?” ๐Ÿ˜›

At any rate, the ironic self-righteousness of some non-religious people can be obnoxious, especially around holidays like Christmas. Bah humbug to them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I think it’s pretty insensitive of her to put down religion just because she’s an atheist. But regarding celebrating Christmas – would you be against Jews celebrating it because they don’t believe in Jesus? I think it’s a little exclusive to say Christmas is just for Christians.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

For us “non-believers”, Christmas is about celebrating family, friends, love, appreciation for others- all things that 1) Jesus preached and 2) even us agnostics believe in (imagine this!). Why does Christmas have to be about God and religion, and why can’t it be about the importance of family? Afterall, that’s all Jesus really wanted anyway. Seems like such a belief can be unnecessarily devisive.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ditto Alissa.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’m not really religious but I still like Christmas. It’s just a tradition from childhood (raised Catholic) and for me, it’s grown to symbolize all the things that Alissa mentioned.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe you shouldn’t lump every nonreligious person in with this girl you know.  I’m sure she would be awful even if she called herself a Christian.

For lots of people, even those who believe in God, Christmas is not celebrated in any kind of religious way.  When I was a kid, my parents hardly ever mentioned Jesus or God in relation to Christmas.  We focused on spending time together as a family, and eating too much ham and Santa and Rudolph. ๐Ÿ™‚

As an adult, I do not believe in God, but I still enjoy Christmas.  Going through all the tradition and ritual reminds me of what it was like when I was a child, and it’s something I intend to pass on to any children I have.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Agree with Alissa.  Though I do think it is rude of your friend to diss religion, I sometimes feel like people are preaching their religion to me as well.  I think everyone should let others believe what they want and not bother others about it unless they ask!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This girl sounds like a real pain in the neck. Just because she is super self-righteous about being an athiest and doesn’t mean she needs to go around labelling those whole believe in God as “lame”. Self-rightousness is a quality I really dislike in anyone, wether they are non-religious or religious.

That said, for many the Christmas/God connection just doesn’t exist. For example, my Fiance grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas, but his parents were Buddhist. They didn’t focus on the birth of Christ, but did focus on spending time together as a family, putting up decorations, and doing Christmas baking. For them (and many, religious or not), Christmas is really just about spending time with your loved ones. And this is really evident when I visit them over the holidays.

Now, Minutiae has a great point. Unfortunately, Christmas has outwardly evolved into a consumerist holiday where the more presents you get your loved ones equates to how good of a Christmas they have. Yikes! I guess what I am trying to say is, wether one is religious or not, Christmas is really just about being with your family and appreciating each other.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree that Christmas means different things to different people.  To each their own.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ditto Alissa x2.

This is a bit of a contentious issue…and this isn’t intended to be taken the wrong way, but in all fairness, as an atheist, I do not think God is lame, because that would imply I believe in God.

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