EDIT: The title and below greeting have been modified from the originals to better reflect the spirit of the original post.
To the angry atheists in the below article who complain about music and annoying family members,
I recently came across this article which discusses the hardships of being an atheist during the holiday season. I am sure there are some uncomfortable situations and conversations that you, as atheists, have during this season that the rest of us are saved from, but on the whole, I think my childhood experiences with Christmas were very similar those you are complaining about, and I never complained* when I was young.
You see, I grew up going to the Church of Christ. The Church of Christ (or at least parts of it) is similar to Jehovah’s Witnesses and atheists in that it doesn’t believe that Jesus was born on Christmas day, and as such we should not celebrate his birth that day. My parents, while both growing up in the Church of Christ as well, were not uptight about this facet of Christmas. We didn’t go to Christmas Eve services** or have a Christmas Day devotional (is that what other Protestants/Evangelicals do on Christmas to celebrate Jesus – I don’t even know), but we also didn’t call our Christmas tree the “Winter Solstice Tree.”
For a long time I didn’t know that we didn’t believe Jesus was born on that day, and was probably a tween (but we didn’t use that term back then) before I learned why our church didn’t do big Christmas programs. So yes, everyone else was running around putting on The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and lighting candles at church, and going to midnight mass and then going home to eat the yule log (at least in France). And while we didn’t do those things, I never felt left out. And I never got mad when movies had these types of Christmas scenes in them, or when I went to a friend’s house and saw her mom had decorated with nativity scenes. I just thought “huh, that’s different” and moved on.
So I guess what I’m saying is, get over it. There’s a large part of the population that doesn’t celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas. In addition to the above-named Church of Christ, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and atheists, there are plan old heathens who don’t think about Jesus, either. To many, Christmas is just Santa Claus and fun movies and family and the yearly fight our parents have while putting the lights on the tree. However, unlike you atheists in the article (EDITED), we don’t get upset when we hear religious songs at TJ Maxx. We just hum along, because most of those songs are so, so, pretty, and then keep going about our lives. It’s much more fun this way, (EDITED) and I recommend you try it.
To help everyone (EDITED) learn to appreciate the secular aspects of Christmas, I recommend the following films which have no religious connotations whatsoever.
- Christmas Vacation (there’s even cussing!)
- A Christmas Story (there’s even cussing!)
- Scrooged (Todd is totally Twitter friends with “Dinner Guest” and, there’s even cussing!)
- A Muppet Christmas Carol
- Nightmare Before Christmas
* I did complain when I was young. A lot. But never about this Christmas stuff that makes the people in the article (EDITED) so mad.
**Okay, we did go to a Christmas Eve service once. It was at the big Community Church and it was loud. As in, the audience was really loud and we could barely hear what was happening with the program. For some reason, I do remember something flying across the ceiling (angel? star?) but I can’t confirm that actually happened. Regardless, that’s the only Christmas Eve service I remember from my youth.