#1
My question here is not really "should I celebrate christmas" but rather should I join my family in a time of year where we get together and, on a whole, we are happy.

I am an atheist, so as I don't believe in a god, I obviously cannot believe in his son (kind of obvious, but meh). So I won't celebrate christmas. HOWEVER I do enjoy spending time with my family during the holidays, but I do not enjoy the "praise jesus" stuff that seems to go on at said time.

I do not want to hurt my family either, so what should I do?


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#4
Definately celebrate. I don't celebrate Christmas for religious reasons - Just because it's good for spending time with my family and catching up with old friends.
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#5
Christmas has never been about Christ!
Have fun and get presents... maybe even give presents?
#6
Christmas is celebrated by non-Christians all the time. Spend time with your family and leave the "religious turmoil" at bay.
#7
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spend the holiday with your family, also enjoy your damnation


I don't believe in an afterlife. So in your logic, enjoy your wasted time in life going to church and praying...

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#9
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I don't believe in an afterlife. So in your logic, enjoy your wasted time in life going to church and praying...

pepsi
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My question here is not really "should I celebrate christmas" but rather should I join my family in a time of year where we get together and, on a whole, we are happy.

I am an atheist, so as I don't believe in a god, I obviously cannot believe in his son (kind of obvious, but meh). So I won't celebrate christmas. HOWEVER I do enjoy spending time with my family during the holidays, but I do not enjoy the "praise jesus" stuff that seems to go on at said time.

I do not want to hurt my family either, so what should I do?


pepsi

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#11
meh, go celebrate, its a time for family.
Heck, I have many friends who aren't religious, or Christian, but they celebrate every year.
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Don't be such a Scrooge. Be with your family and just enjoy the festivities. Gifts rock...

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#15
pfft, that whole "praise jesus" thing died in the '60s, christmas is about presents now. go ahead and celebrate, just because your aethiest doesnt mean you shouldnt enjoy some time with your family.
#16
even if your Athiest I'm guessing you believe in morality (although some don't) so yea do whatever u can to make your family and friends, and maybe even yourself happy. Enjoy the season as a time of happiness and giving and just dont worry about the said details.
#18
I'm an atheist who loves Christmas. Honestly, it's not like Good Friday, in that it's strictly a religious holiday. It may have started out like that but so much of the stuff that goes a long with Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus at all. It's a great time to spend with your family and see everyone and just celebrate each other. Don't let religious beliefs (or lack of) hinder a great opportunity to cherish the time you have with those people.
#20
hmmm... this thread may be the biggest gathering of "happy" athiests I've ever seen...
#22
i say celebrate Christmas


you could get some cool gifts


and Christmas dinner is always something special
#23
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I'm an atheist who loves Christmas. Honestly, it's not like Good Friday, in that it's strictly a religious holiday. It may have started out like that but so much of the stuff that goes a long with Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus at all. It's a great time to spend with your family and see everyone and just celebrate each other. Don't let religious beliefs (or lack of) hinder a great opportunity to cherish the time you have with those people.


you have the earliest join date i've ever seen

and you pretty much summed up what i wanted to say too!
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you have the earliest join date i've ever seen

and you pretty much summed up what i wanted to say too!


lol, yeah. I used to be on here a lot. Now, about once in 3 or 4 months I think, "Hmm, I wonder what's happening in the Pit." haha.
#25
Spend time with your damn family, it doesn't matter what Religious beliefs you have.

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#26
Yea I'm an atheist too but my whole family celebrates christmas even though none of them are religious.

Whenever a religious nut questions why I celebrate it seeing that I don't believe in god or jesus, I tell them that I 'celebrate family'.
#27
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#28
Celebrate Christmas. Or Xmas. Or Santamas. Or gimmethedamnpresentsalreadymas. I'm an athiest and I still celebrate it with my family. Plus, free gifts are always acceptable
#29
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My question here is not really "should I celebrate christmas" but rather should I join my family in a time of year where we get together and, on a whole, we are happy.

I am an atheist, so as I don't believe in a god, I obviously cannot believe in his son (kind of obvious, but meh). So I won't celebrate christmas. HOWEVER I do enjoy spending time with my family during the holidays, but I do not enjoy the "praise jesus" stuff that seems to go on at said time.

I do not want to hurt my family either, so what should I do?


pepsi

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In Australia everyone basically celebrates Christmas whether there religious or not so i understand your dilemma..... Christmas is not about jesus n crap anymore its about presents
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#30
Im pretty much forced into Christmas because my entire dads side of the is extremely Catholic besides me and my dad. But I really dont care because free stuff always rules.
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#31
No one believes in Christ. Their all fine with enjoying the celebration and presents though. Strange that you feel guilty and consciouses about it though. Your not a self pitying emo looking for attention are you?
#32
^ No, it sounds like his family is just big into the religious aspect of it and really integrate it into their celebration.

If you can handle it you could just grin and bear it, even though it doesn't really apply to your belief system but it's not so bad, I mean there's no point in going and celebrating to "be with the family" if you're going to be a damper on the good time/inspirational religious talks they'll be having.

OR you could not celebrate it and just spend some other time with them since you're off the holidays for so long, like a little after to avoid the whole Christmas hoopla.

I imagine that you could also try the straightforward route but if they're so focussed on the religious part of the holiday then it probably wouldn't be worth the effort cause you'll be severely outnumbered
#33
I celebrate Christmas for the same reason I celebrate Easter - F**K Jesus, it's all about the food!
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#35
Is it that hard to go along with all the Christian stuff? Just close your eyes when they pray, you don't have to pray along or say amen or anything. I go to a Christian school and go through these things almost every day, it doesn't bother me that much.
#36
i'm atheist too, but coke>pepsi



anyway... you should celebrate Christmas if you don't want to disappoint your family.

I don't enjoy the "praise jesus" thing either, but i go to a catholic school, and am constantly surrounded by it lol.
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hmmm... this thread may be the biggest gathering of "happy" athiests I've ever seen...

religion =\= happiness
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