“What are YOU celebrating on Christmas, you little atheist?!”
That’s what I heard from a very very christian friend last year around this time.
The thing is, I am not celebrating Christmas at all and I haven’t for many years. Not in a christian sense anyway. As much as my religion is not in my life anymore, Yule/Jul/Christmas, is still a time of the year, I look forward to.
For me, rooted back in my old religion and way of life, Christmas is about
- the sun coming back,
- days getting longer again.
- a time of becoming active again.
- seeing how nature is starting to wake up and live again.
- the circle of life, the year, the seasons
- how every end is also a new beginning
The Christmas tree with everything I put on it, is full of symbolism.
- The evergreen tree in winter, reminding people that there is life even in the darkest of times
- The Christmas ornaments > round bulbs > circle shapes remind of the circle of life, the year, and the seasons
- The habit of hanging apples and nuts on the tree as a symbol that you wish for a good year, with a good harvest and plenty of fruit
- The red candles as a symbol of life and light in a dark time. It’s light as a symbol of the fact that now the days are getting longer again.
But Christmas is so much more for me and probably a lot of other Atheists out there:
- A time for your family
- A time to just eat a lot of very tasty things
- A time where you can take time off and just be
- A time where you realize that you still have a lot of PTO left, so you just take it all now, when all your friends and family takes it too.
- A time for hobbies and fun things
- A time of great music
Do I celebrate Christmas in a christian way?
Definitely not!But I am surely having a very good and jolly time and I enjoy that.
Christians have neither invented Christmas, nor do they have exclusive rights to it.
Now chill, do your thing, and let me do mine. Don’t question my motives and I won’t question yours.
By the way:
Please read the different gospels concerning the birth story of Jesus. Funny to see how much your holy, unfailable book contradicts itself, just again.