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What Christmas means to me

beebware’s post about Christmas made me think. As you may know, I’m an atheist, so why am I celebrating Christmas, which is essentially a Christian holiday?
Well, firstly because my family celebrates it, and because you can’t avoid it. But also because it’s great to have a time for giving, receiving and spending time with loved ones. Despite what some may say, I wouldn’t say these were merely Christian values; I think anyone would enjoy receiving gifts no matter what religion they practiced.
In fact probably the only difference between my perception of Christmas and that of a Christian is the reason for celebrating. From my point of view, it is just a convinient time of the year to get together, and has traditionally been held at this time of year for many centuries. The fact that Jesus was allegedly born today, is, in my mind, irrelevant. For me, Christmas is about snowmen, polar bears, penguins and Santa Claus; the same as anyone else’s perception, just without the religious bits.
Anyhow, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and that you don’t get too stuffed up on turkey. Even though we’re actually having ribs of beef today – my mother doesn’t like turkey.

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