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(6,248 posts)
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 08:42 AM Dec 2023

Ok, I've aired my grievances at Festivus.

Now I'm ready to move on and pretend I care, or even believe, that baby jesus was born. I'm a sucker for a good Christmas ham. Bourbon glazed, this year. It's worth pretending.

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I'm a Christian and celebrate Christmas.
7 (11%)
I'm an atheist/agnostic and celebrate Christmas anyway.
41 (64%)
I'm another religious belief, and celebrate Christmas.
3 (5%)
I'm an atheist/agnostic and don't celebrate Christmas.
10 (16%)
I'm a different religion and don't celebrate Christmas.
0 (0%)
I'm a Christian and don't celebrate Christmas.
2 (3%)
None of anyone's business. Bah! Humbug!
1 (2%)
What's Christmas?
0 (0%)
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Ok, I've aired my grievances at Festivus. (Original Post) Lunabell Dec 2023 OP
Why wouldn't I celebrate christmas as an atheist? Ferrets are Cool Dec 2023 #1
Oh, I'm a sucker for celebrating. Lunabell Dec 2023 #2
I love telling christisns.... getagrip_already Dec 2023 #3
My all time favorite x-mas show? Lunabell Dec 2023 #5
I root for the Grinch Hassin Bin Sober Dec 2023 #18
Lol, I just can't rec that, lol. Lunabell Dec 2023 #19
I feel so sorry for that poor abused dog Farmer-Rick Jan 2024 #20
Why wouldn't you celebrate Christmas? cyclonefence Dec 2023 #4
As already correctly noted, J_William_Ryan Dec 2023 #6
I'm and Atheist and did used to celebrate Christmas, unfortunately, all my family and most of my friends are gone. Meadowoak Dec 2023 #7
I probably wouldn't celebrate if my wife were not here. Lunabell Dec 2023 #9
I turn it into a Feast of Saturnalia in my mind EYESORE 9001 Dec 2023 #8
It's about family, friends and acquaintances. And celebrating the end of the year with them. Auggie Dec 2023 #10
And here's my xmas song... 2naSalit Dec 2023 #11
Lol, yep. It can be that. Lunabell Dec 2023 #12
Oh... 2naSalit Dec 2023 #13
I'm an atheist Lunabell Dec 2023 #14
I don't know if... 2naSalit Dec 2023 #15
So much artistry has been commissioned in the name of religion. Lunabell Dec 2023 #16
Thanks.. 2naSalit Dec 2023 #17

Ferrets are Cool

(21,152 posts)
1. Why wouldn't I celebrate christmas as an atheist?
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 09:30 AM
Dec 2023

It has nothing to do with a fictional baby born on the 25th of December. Besides, I love given gifts.


(6,248 posts)
2. Oh, I'm a sucker for celebrating.
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 09:36 AM
Dec 2023

Just watch me at easter as my wife grills up her delicious lamb chops with a salt, garlic powder and tarragon rub. Perfect medium rare, lightly blanched asparagus with lots of butter and creamy mashed potatoes.

If I were invited to an eid feast, I'd go to that too. I can be very polite to religious folks if they want to feed me!! I'd have to sneak my beer in a big gulp cup, though. 😆


(15,386 posts)
3. I love telling christisns....
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 10:08 AM
Dec 2023

I have assimilated your pagan ritual into my rich family traditions and made them my own.

However I reject all religious origins.

But thank you for Rudolf and frosty and Charlie browns Christmas specials.


(6,248 posts)
5. My all time favorite x-mas show?
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 10:17 AM
Dec 2023

The original Dr. Seuss's Grinch! I looked forward every year to it and no mention of religion at all.


(10,409 posts)
20. I feel so sorry for that poor abused dog
Fri Jan 26, 2024, 12:33 PM
Jan 2024

I love secular Christmas. Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, they are all part of my Christmas. We give gifts, decorate a tree make good food. It's fun with family time.


(4,507 posts)
4. Why wouldn't you celebrate Christmas?
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 10:11 AM
Dec 2023

Aside from the name, very little of Christmas whoop-de-doo has anything at all to do with Christianity. Christmas trees, lights all the hell over the place, feasting, even giving gifts are pagan celebrations to convince the sun to come back. And by glob it works! Every year about this time the hours of daylight (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) grow ever greater. The person in charge of the sun is pleased by our merriment and reminded by all those lights that it's time to rouse our big star out of her winter slumber.


(1,795 posts)
6. As already correctly noted,
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 10:34 AM
Dec 2023

humans have celebrated the winter solstice for millennia prior to Christian misappropriation.

Those of us who are free from religion are just as entitled to celebrate this time of year as theists.


(5,662 posts)
7. I'm and Atheist and did used to celebrate Christmas, unfortunately, all my family and most of my friends are gone.
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 10:52 AM
Dec 2023


(6,248 posts)
9. I probably wouldn't celebrate if my wife were not here.
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 11:18 AM
Dec 2023

Just another day, but both of us like to celebrate. I'm sorry about your family and friends. Getting older can really suck. My only condolence for getting old is that I won't be around to witness the further destruction of this earth by rich and powerful forces.

And on that note, Happy Holidays? Maybe?


(88,032 posts)
13. Oh...
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 04:02 PM
Dec 2023

I do the food and cookies part, even do gifts though they don't get sent until January. I'm more on the Festivus train than anything!

Whatever I find entertaining is flow with which I go!


(6,248 posts)
14. I'm an atheist
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 04:05 PM
Dec 2023

who loves a good party. For any reason. Like I said, I'd love to be invited to an Eid celebration, if I could smuggle in a big gulp cup full of beer, lol.


(88,032 posts)
15. I don't know if...
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 04:18 PM
Dec 2023

My belief system has a name but I don't get into the religions though I sang in choirs for many years, even performed as Cantor at a Jewish Sater one year. It was because I like the music for technical reasons. A lot of seriously good music used to be composed in religious context and the only way you usually get to perform them is in a choir which always ends up being somehow tied to churches. Just have to navigate around the demons.


(6,248 posts)
16. So much artistry has been commissioned in the name of religion.
Sun Dec 24, 2023, 04:28 PM
Dec 2023

Art works, sculptures, buildings, music. Even some literature. So, I guess it isn't all bad. Have a good holiday, especially if you don't have to work.

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