Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, or Whatever

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas.  Seasons Greetings to those who don’t celebrate Christmas or do celebrate Christmas but personally prefer a more inclusive greeting this time of the year.  Same goes for Happy Holidays or whatever holiday/winter season greeting you can think of.  Let’s be clear though.  There’s no war on Christmas as the Christian conservatives will make it out to be.  I’m an Atheist who celebrates Christmas and even before I declared myself an Atheist, 99.9% of our Christmas celebration activities were secular in nature.  I love Christmas.  I love the lights.  I love gift giving.  I love spiked drinks.  I love a fireplace in the cold weather.  It’s a great time of the year.  Sometimes I say Merry Christmas and sometimes I say Happy Holidays.

What all of us need to remember, Atheists and Christians alike, is these are simple greetings in which intentions are almost always good.  It’s ridiculous to be offended if someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  If you’re offended, and assuming the person saying it isn’t saying it to be an asshole to you, your offense at Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays makes YOU the asshole.  😊

So I end with this.  Merry Christmas.  Seasons Greetings.  Happy Holidays.  Happy Winter Solstice.  Happy Boxing Day.  Happy New Years.  WHATEVER.  Just enjoy this time of the year and be nice to people!

Putting Christ Back in Christmas

Now that, with Trump as President, the heathens have lost the “War on Christmas”, it’s past time to start putting “Christ” back in Christmas.  Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.  Everyone knows this.  Everyone knows Jesus was born on December 25th.  We celebrate Christmas on December 25th because Jesus was born on this day and there needs to be a day to celebrate the birth of the savior of humanity.  Right?  Actually, NO!

Let’s take a look at when Jesus was really born.  I read an interesting article at discussing the birth date of Jesus.  As you may or may not know, the exact year of Jesus’ birth is not known, let alone the exact day of the year.  On top of that, there are more and more religious scholars beginning to question the historicity of Jesus at all!  More on this in a future post.

For those who conclude Jesus was a real historical figure, most place his birth sometime between 4 and 6 B.C., based on the death of Herod.  Some scholars place Jesus’ birth in the summer months while others place it in the fall months.  Some place it in the spring months.  The point isn’t the exact date, but that it is very unlikely to be the month of December and even less likely to be the 25th of December.  December 25th was chosen by the Roman Catholic Church to coincide with celebrations of the winter solstice and the festival of Saturnalia (Roman deity Saturn).  It was a ploy to steal these holidays from the heathens and force Christianity upon them.

To conclude, there’s no Christ to put into Christmas because there never was a Christ at the time of the year we now celebrate as Christmas.   We celebrate Christmas on December 25th because the Roman Catholic Church decided to steal a couple of holidays.  We, when celebrating Christmas, are literally celebrating theft.


When Was Jesus Born?

Happy Holidays!

I’ll keep this short today.  Today is Christmas Day.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you have a great day.  I’m an Atheist who celebrates Christmas.  Everything we do is secular.  I expect I’ll receive a few Amazon Kindle gift cards from family.  What will I use them on?  Well, I have a list of Atheist books I’ve had my eye on for a while.  This will be the perfect opportunity to purchase and read them!

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Yes, the title of today’s post means something.  Today is December 25th as you well know.  What does that mean?  Well, it means different things to different people.  Most Christians celebrate Christmas.  Some Atheists, if not all, celebrate the non-religious aspects of Christmas.  Some people celebrate nothing on this day but celebrate Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, etc, throughout the month.  It doesn’t matter what one celebrates today or this month as long as everyone is polite and respectful of others beliefs or lack thereof.  If someone says Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or Seasons Greetings, be respectful and accept the statement as a friendly statement.  It is most certainly that.  On the other side of things, feel free to say what you wish as long as you are respectful of others.  I celebrate Christmas in the sense of presents, family, friends, etc., but we do nothing religious.  I, however, do not say Merry Christmas to others because I don’t know what they believe in or celebrate.  I usually say Happy Holidays.  If you want to say Merry Christmas, do so.  You have every right to say Merry Christmas to someone else and that someone else should be respectful back to you.

Back to the title of this post.  Fill in the blanks with something respectful this December and you’ll be fine.  Someone may get mad or argue, but as long as the statement is respectful, you are in the right and they are in the wrong if they argue.

So with that, Happy Holidays!!!