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RE: [humanism-174] X-MAS

From: Cliff
Sent on: Thursday, December 13, 2007 10:40 PM
Well, the "pagans" of druid times celebrated the solstice and the coming rebirth of spring and new life.

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Thursday, December 13,[masked]:38 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [humanism-174] X-MAS

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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