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Re: [humanism-174] X-MAS

From: Josh
Sent on: Thursday, December 13, 2007 10:58 PM
It's true that most of the solstice / equinox holidays began in the same place, and share many of the same traditions (lights on Xmas/hanukah, eggs on Easter/Passover, etc).  But they have all acquired their own unique characteristics since, and  I don't think we need to be so hasty to throw away tradition.  If you like xmas music, or you enjoy lighting hanukah candles with your family, what's the difference whether you believe in the meaning behind it? There's more to it than just a belief in god, and don't think atheism should stop you from celebrating the holidays just as you always have

Heck, I used to go to midnight mass in high school because I loved the music, and I was raised Jewish (and believed in god at the time)

On Dec 13,[masked]:40 PM, Cliff < [address removed]> wrote:
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.

Michael


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