I like getting the day off and I enjoy spending time with my family, so I don't think a boycott is going to be in my deck of cards anytime soon. I see it more as a commercial/cultural holiday than a religious one. Same thing w/ Valentine's & St. Paddy's day. Just another excuse to party.
I feel you in theory, however, we really don't need the economy to freeze up any further. That tie you buy your grampa, that desk toy you buy your co-worker, that silly tree you buy in the parking lot helps create much needed jobs. Even if only seasonal, every dollar counts. Besides, you don't have to be religious to enjoy biting the head off chocolate Santa.
chocolate santa? i thought there was just easter bunny ears to decapitate! :)
While I personally boycott Xian holidays, I don't see any kind of organized Xmas boycott working. Would have little to no effect on retailers as we are such a minority.
Other than the occasional thing I must have that is on ridiculously awesome holiday sale and mint M&Ms (only time of year they come out), I avoid stores like the plague this time of year. When I have to go into a store I go in armed with an MP3 player to drown out the holiday music, most of which sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me. Not even because it's religious, but just because most of it is that awful.
And thanks to Tim Minchin, as of last year I've found myself a new Xmas tradition: Take my RV and cats out camping, alone, blissfully away from Jesus and his devoted fans, and toast my passed on loved ones with a little white wine in the sun. ;-)
As for my still-living relatives, we get along soooooo much better when it's not under holiday stress and the veneration of the buybull.
Agree with you about Minchin. Sounds like a good escape!
I also think the capitalists would take over any holiday.... Atheist monogrammed beer coasters? Bookmarks? I don't know how those things could make more than a couple dollars each, but I'm sure they'll find a way to make more than a few bucks out of it!
I'm escaping to an XXXmas party on the 25th. Living in a big city and having hedonistic freaks as friends means no short of fun, starting this Saturday with Santarchy... hope you are able to find a way to have fun :)
I am a relatively new atheist but I have twenty years of expensive glass ornaments collected. Those suckers are coming out for sure.The rest of the extended family is mostly christian anyway, so it would feel weird not to have a holiday.
One weird thing I noticed though, is that my absolute favorite, Annie Lennox, did a Christmas album. Checked it out and the songs are all spiritual. I just couldn't get into it, the songs actually turned me off.
Eventually you will be able to separate the music from the message and learn to enjoy the irony. When it really sinks in that this is your one shot at living, you will be able to enjoy all kinds of experiences and activities that you didn’t think you could do so before.