What do non-believers celebrate for the holidays? The winter solstice of course! Although many atheists celebrate Christmas as a non-religious holiday by giving gifts and celebrating life without a deity, the solstice is the oldest known reason for celebrating the shortest days of the year and the return of longer days. In some cultures, it was required to stop all work and party for 7 days! In others, all bad behavior was not to be punishable. (I hope you don't agree with the latter).
We'll have a year-end photo review of some popular activities we have had this last year. Although we have lots of heaters, this party will be on our patio so dress warm. The party will be canceled if there is a good chance of rain.
We'll supply a BBQ pork and BBQ chicken main course. If you are a vegetarian bring a veggie main course. All others bring a salad, side dish or desert. We'll have the hot plates.
If you want to play Santa, our voluntary gift exchange is always fun. If you want to participate bring a gift worth $25 or more, or a recyclable re-gift of value. You will receive a different gift in return.
Newbies and handicapped use the parking area to park as close as you can to other cars. Regulars please park on Blueridge and walk in. Please donate $10 of you happen to not have the time to bring any food.
Of course, please RSVP yes or no. It's important to reply either way because Meetup will cancel your membership for not responding with a 4 month period. Plus it is helpful in making an accurate food estimate.
My cell is[masked] if you get lost of have any questions.
Although this is a free event, I'd appreciate a donation to help us out with our Freethought Conference coming up in May. Last year we broke even only with the help of your donations. Also last year we had a fundraiser which really helped us. For more conference information see freethoughtalliance.org.