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Re: [humanism-174] X-MAS

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Friday, December 14, 2007 12:08 AM
Glad you're back Michael,
As a free thinker in a free (?!) society, I believe that I can celebrate any holiday, in any way I wish to. That's one of the things that's so cool about being a Freethinker!
Think about it- there's Chanukkah, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwaana, and New Year's! Not to mention Eid al-Adha on the 20th.
Not that I'd normally celebrate all of these, of course- but I declare that I CAN if I want, by virtue of my own free will! I just won't worship anything.
Christmas is fun. I view it as a tradition- the spirit of peace & giving make it worth celebrating. I've attended a few Xmas eve midnight masses- one at St. Pascal's years back had a stunningly musical beautiful performance. An ensamble of about 12, including a harp & flutes & viola, etc., played a an awesome mix of traditional tunes & religious ones. It was cool! That's as close as I get to a religious Christmas.
On Dec 13,[masked]:37 PM, Michael <[address removed]> wrote:
Happy Holidays fellow freethinkers! 

I want to know, partially for my own sake, just how should Atheists/Agnostics partake in the holiday season?  For the last three years I have abstained from celebrating Christmas as an Atheist, but now I am starting change my mind.  I happen to love this time of the year.  I love the festivities, the cheerfulness, the happiness, how everyone celebrates with the people they care about.  I think that this tradition of coming together is a great one.

Problem is, the "official" purpose of the holiday is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  As an Atheist, I am not about to revel in the inaccurate jubilation of the day that a Jewish messiah was supposedly born on.  And I know that the entire season/tradition was taken from the roman traditions of the time, and that people have always celebrated the coming of the winter with a feast and merriment; my dilemma, is that I do not know how to celebrate or what to celebrate this year.  All I know is that I do want to celebrate something this year.  And next year, and every year after that. 

Let me know what you think, how you celebrate , and whether or not we should come up with our own holiday.


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