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Re: [bostonatheists] Godless Christmas

From: Laura Q.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:23 PM
Personally I like to remind those joyless Christians who nag me about celebrating "Christ-mas" that they stole it from the pagans and druids and Mithraists and other non-Christians.  So we all get to pick and choose our parts.  It just happens that the parts I like (the tree, the gifts, the food, the alcohol, the playing with kids, the near-solstice timing) are the pagan elements.  Even the music -- a lot of the so-called religious christmas music was borrowed from folktunes of various sorts.  (Well -- so I've heard, anyway.)

I got dinged for using "xmas" too one year.  You would think they would be happy that I'm not using "christmas" to refer to the non-christian elements that I, a raving atheist, enjoy .... 
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On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM, Nora <[address removed]> wrote:
I just noticed an article on Slate on celebrating a secular Christmas which may be of interest: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/faithbased/2008/12/no_reason_for_the_season.html





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