I was asked by an Xtian if I decorated for Christmas.
When I answered "NO" - I got the questions I have heard before.
"Are you against Religion? Are you against Christmas."
(Religion is bad - so yes I am against religion)
Any of you here get these same questions?
How do you handle them?
I am against religion too Anthony.
It is nice that all your friends are Atheist. It must make things easier on you.
I respond to the same questions from my friends , I put up the tree just for fun and artwork ,sake for my husband so he likes the colorful lights up the room than just TV alone. Nothing does with Christmas that I hate . Religious is like virus. That's why we stay together long time. I gave my rule he agreed that I tear down the tree and shove up to the attic first thing in the morning of Dec. 26th. He is a very supportive person.
Religion is like a virus. I am happy he is supportive of you sflmac.
I'm not against 'ritual', when it benefits family and encourages positive communication and connection with family.
The religious appeal of the Season left me years ago. I see it less as a 'religious' occasion or event and more as a family one.
So no I'm not against 'Christmas' but definitely resistant to the religiosity involved.
throw it back at them: "Are you judging?"... then quote some silly 'thou shall not judge' scripture. course with religious 'sheeple', they'll always try to engage you and it will all be circular reasoning.
I am still getting this question - anyone else?
Steph, when my wife lived here with me we had a small tree but not every year. The reason we had one is that she wanted one. Being a Luo from Kenya it was all new to her. She said she could take it or leave it, but I know she secretly wanted to do what everyone else did in having a tree.
This year I'm back to no tree and no Christmas. The dumb ones are not happy with that if they ask me about it. If I need to see lights I can look outside. I think the neighbor's houses are landing fields for aircraft. Why do I need t do that?
Then they tell me I could at least have a small tree living here alone. I ask them what I would do with it? Maybe buy myself a present, wrap it up and put it under the tree, then pretend that I don't know what it is when Christmas comes. That sounds really stupid.
Every year I get these series of stupid questions just like you do. Obviously the ones asking are Christian or they wouldn't ask. They think they have some monopoly on a day and that they "own" this season.
Celebrating the Winter Solstice, the "rebirth" of the SUN, is thousands of years older than the xianity insanity. The greenery in the house, candles, gifts, feasting, partying, NONE of them have anything to do with the mythical birth of a baby destined to grow up to be a human sacrifice to flatter his own ego.
I think religions are an abomination, a waste of time and money, and I object strenuously to having to subsidize them by paying more property (and sales) taxes than I would have to if churches paid their fair share.
We don't decorate the house because:
1. My sister, who lives with me, is a Jehovah's Witless, and they stick to the Puritanical attitude toward holidays.
2. We have 2 very curious cats, and poinsettias, tinsel, pine needles, turkey tidbits are all cat-killers.
3. We are old, and trying to survive on Social Insecurity; we can't even afford our own meds...at least I can't. I'm hoping that I'll die soon and go to feed the fishes off our coast.
If someone wishes me a Merry Xmas, I sometimes wish them a Sunny Solstice, but we need rain and snow so desperately here in the west that I usually just keep my mouth shut. I sometimes DO explain how the xians stole the winter holiday from the pagans, but rarely.
I often wonder what the original traditions are/were in the Southern Hemisphere...or if they had any.
VIVA SOL INVICTUS!
Here's a funny thing, Freethinker. The religious love that nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, and maybe a jackass standing around a wooden cradle with baby Jesus in it. Behind them is a shabby wooden building that they had to stay in along with that jackass. Oh, how humble.
The truth of the story according to the gospels is that "their was no room at the inn." This means they would have had to of been housed with the animals which are always in the first floor of the inn at ground level while the people stay in upper levels. Now the story takes on an appearance that Americans would all deny.
Throw in the story of the wise men visiting after they saw the star in the sky and according to the one gospel Jesus would have been about 3 years old and they are all "in a house". If there is any "truth" it's in there somewhere, but this is enough to make the theists who think they "own" Christmas start to cry. They insist on having it their way with that tiny nativity scene. How pathetic.
Still, there is no reason that you should not be able to celebrate this holiday as you might like to, be that traditionally in the modern sense or as the ancients did.
New Years Eve and New Years Day....the champagne and football holidays?
Always, ALWAYS remember that the Solstice was a PAGAN holiday for millennia before the Crap-licks stole it.
Put Saturn back in Saturnalia.