What do Atheists do during the holidays?

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    Dec 03, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    With religious toned holidays being a huge part of the "December Theme", what do Athiests do during this period?

    How do Atheists diplomatically handle "holiday gatherings"?

    How can those who believe in God be more diplomatic and sensitive to Atheists' beliefs and feelings during the holidays?

    Peace on Earth and good will to all!
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    Dec 03, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidWith religious toned holidays being a huge part of the "December Theme", what do Athiests do during this period?

    How do Atheists diplomatically handle "holiday gatherings"?

    How can those who believe in God be more diplomatic and sensitive to Atheists' beliefs and feelings during the holidays?

    Peace on Earth and good will to all!

    My dear Alan - I believe in my youthful memories, of Santa Claus and Manger scenes. Today the myths behind them mean nothing to me, but I like to recall the pleasant childhood recollections, which the Christmas season prompts.

    Call them comfort memories, though their religious basis has no hold on me. I love to see a Christmas tree, as I love to think of my late parents, and being a child with them again. And that is what these holidays mean to me.
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    Dec 03, 2012 5:12 AM GMT

    Bill's atheist.

    Bill plays lots of Christmas music, likes to string up lights in the trees outside and on the house, and likes getting tokens of affection for those he loves. He also likes choosing a charity over and above those we help throughout out the year and giving to it.

    Christmas is also a secular holiday as well as being Christian, jewish, pagan et al. icon_wink.gif
    He gets rather mad when he sees 'happy winter holiday' or 'seasons greetings' because he says history and the roots of a holiday are important.

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    Dec 03, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Kids don't stop getting excited for Christmas just because they've found out Santa isn't real. People who don't believe in God still value holidays because they are a source of warmth in December and bring a sense of togetherness year round.

    As for how Christians could be more diplomatic, why not just learn to accept that not everyone has to believe the same thing? The opposite of diplomacy is war, and going to war over Christmas basically misses the point of Jesus, and Santa.icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 03, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    Go to church and let SBD farts.
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    Dec 09, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidWith religious toned holidays being a huge part of the "December Theme", what do Athiests do during this period?

    How do Atheists diplomatically handle "holiday gatherings"?

    How can those who believe in God be more diplomatic and sensitive to Atheists' beliefs and feelings during the holidays?

    Peace on Earth and good will to all!


    Being an Atheist since I was a kid has always been a challenge in a family of pie on the sky believers. But I still love the holidays. The seeing of friends and family.....the gifting......the lights and even the music. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HANDEL'S MESSIAH!!! The melody gives me chills. Just ignore the ridiculous words.

    As far as how the non Atheists should act? Just mind their own business and keep their religious crap to themselves. The religious are like republicans. They are the first to throw in their shit on others.

    When I attend a wedding or funeral that is in a church, I just go out of respect for the people. I don't say a disrespectful thing to anyone........first. Once they come at me, then it's on.

    But anyway....I love the holidays!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    Tristan
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    Dec 09, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    Thanks to all for the insight and viewpoints.

    I'm hoping not to be "that guy" who inadvertently offends or saddens someone during the holidays.

    I want to make sure that I keep any offense to that which is advertent. icon_biggrin.gif

    May all have a healthy, happy, and prosperous winter season!
  • Delivis

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    Dec 12, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    I work..icon_smile.gif