We're doing something a little controversial this coming Christmas day. We all know that the origins of Christmas are totally pagan and many are secular traditions. But most believers (Christians) are totally unaware that their most precious holiday was based on pagans theologies of gift giving and celebrating the winter solstice.
Part of the purpose of BYS is to educate the public on atheists views and to offer an alternative world view. This event supports that purpose. I understand most BYS members are probably busy this day with family and/or friends. We have a small committed group of 4 who will be there with small signs which will be similar to "Christmas was first a Pagan holiday". We also have printed some hand-outs about the holiday traditions and their Pagan roots as well as opinions of Biblical scholars that Jesus was most probably not born on Dec 25th.
We'll be there from 10am to about 2pm. Come anytime.
RSVP either way, and remembers Meetup will toss you off the list if you do not RSVP yes or no within a 6 month period.
Lastly, I'd like those who have not paid for any memberships the last couple of years to please contribute a small $4/month recurring membership fee at http://backyardskeptics.com/wordpress/contribute/
Our conference will be announced soon with some fabulous speakers and we need everyone's support. Thanks in advance!