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What follows was originally intended for Lucid Glow‘s blog but I had problems saving it. I don’t think it took. My old blogger ID is ancient and it didn’t like my WordPress account. So I decided to put it over here instead. I attempted to write the following as if Christians were reading it, even tho I am pretty sure Lucid Glow’s not. I think her intention is to encourage secular minded people to not celebrate, and I wasn’t interested in chiding Lucid Glow on her own blog.

There are many Believers who don’t understand why anyone would nose in on their territory. As if this day is supposed to be just their day. And it’s not. It’s for all of us, even and especially those of us who scoff at the “Christ” in Christmas. To me, Christmas is really just another day. A day like any other, and the good tidings many share on this day only are tidings we should be spreading around all year long. We don’t. We so don’t, and we so should. Anyway. Here’s my answer to why atheists celebrate Christmas. This isn’t the final word on the subject. It’s an ongoing discussion. It’s one I look forward to every year.

I’m not personally celebrating Christmas {this year} in any significant way. I enjoy the music, and some of the other trappings. I used to believe, but when I realized all Abrahamic religions are just myths like greek or norse pantheons were, it freed me up to see the entirety of the holiday season.

Christmas is not just a Christian holiday. It’s all encompassing. Many still call it Christmas, cuz when we don’t, some Christians take that personally, and we don’t want people to feel upset during the Winter Solstice, so some of us just call it Christmas to please the Christians. Otherwise they claim we’re waging war or something and we’re not.

We just don’t believe in your imaginary friend. That’s all. That’s not waging war. That’s doubting you can prove your god exists, or not knowing whether or not you can prove your god exists and we don’t want that to get in the way. We can still enjoy one another’s company and encourage peace and share in the bounty that is this planet.

It doesn’t matter if there was a creator. Really. It’s not that important. It doesn’t matter where this Earth came from or where it’s going. Not right this second. We are here now, together. That’s what really matters. We’ll figure that other stuff out in due time.

We know enough now about science and history to deduce the Bible’s just fiction, like Homer’s Odyssey or Shakespeare’s plays, maybe sometimes based on history but not accurate enough to be dependable. Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad are interesting heroic characters, like Odysseus, or Harry Potter, or Superman.

So we can take what is fun about this time of year and still celebrate it. Share it. Spread peace and good will towards all.

War on Christmas? Nope. Never was. At least not on this end. If Christians have been defending a war on Christmas, you can stop any time. We’re not fighting you. We just choose reality over fantasy, but once a year it’s fun to play along.

Some parts of Abrahamics are downright scary and cruel, like Abraham with his son on an altar, or the baby Jesus growing up to get hung on a tree. Or that thing about the lake of fire for all your god’s enemies and critics. That’s not very friendly. It’s not pleasant. It’s disturbing that throughout the year this is how you imagine your friends and family will end up, just because they disagree with you. But once a year, let’s put all that aside, and instead celebrate hope and joy and peace and love. We’re with you on those things, even if we don’t share your beliefs.

Your dogma is dodgy, but we get the message.

To quote John Lennon, The war is over, if you want it. Have a merry, happy, and safe Christmas.