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Comment by Erin Clark on November 8, 2011 at 11:17am

I'm out to both my family and my husband's, but it's like they can't hear me. I usually try to refer to it casually lest I cause I major incident, but it doesn't seem to stop anyone from suggesting "group" prayers at mealtime. And yes, we also have to do the "Jesus is the reason for the season!" thing. I know better, of course, but in a roomful of Christians the last thing you want to say is "pagan tradition".

Comment by Troy Gorsline on November 7, 2011 at 2:06pm
Another point. I am loosly organizing a Yuletide party - originally a pagan festival. Christians eventually moved the celebration of thier god's birth to the pagan new year as a method of mission work (as well as an attempt to take over a popular festival). So tell your cousin the charols were all originally sung to Odin. Maybe that'll help.
Comment by Eric Hildeman on November 7, 2011 at 2:04pm
Sorry, I meant December 25th, of course, not 21st.
Comment by Eric Hildeman on November 7, 2011 at 2:01pm

Something to point out to your cousin: Shepherds watching their flocks by night is not something that would happen during the colder months. Jesus' birthday is therefore definitely NOT December 21st, nor January 1st.  More likely, it would be sometime in August or September, based on just that one scriptural reference alone.


I say New Year's Day ought to be July 20th - the day we landed on the Moon.

Comment by jenny on November 7, 2011 at 1:55pm
At Christmas my cousin won't shut up about, "This is Jesus's birthday!"  My boyfriend and I, on the other hand, sing Anti-Christmas carols.  Carolyn, I like how you celebrate the holiday.  I like the gatherings of relatives that I go to on Xmas eve and Xmas day, but there is always this religious undertone.  I am not OUT as an atheist amongst the relatives.
Comment by Carolyn R on November 3, 2011 at 10:54pm
For Madison folks there's a skeptics meet-up on the east side at Dexter's Pub this next Wednesday the 9th. I'm not sure if it's disallowed by Meet Up to cross post the meetings like this, so pardon me if it's bad netiquette or whatever.
Comment by Carolyn R on November 3, 2011 at 10:47pm

Feel free to kvetch, bottling it up is stressful. 

We are looking forward to doing Anti-Christmas / Saturnalia stuff this year, as my little girl is very much into atheism and rebellion at the moment. For us, on the holidays rather than trying to get along with relatives or whatever, I gave up on that, so we celebrate in silly style with "Saturnalia" being a holiday of reversal - doing things we normally would not do, I let my girl stay up all night, watch whatever vulgar and inappropriate nonsense she wants on the computer, cuss, sass, wear crazy face paint everywhere for no reason, feed the dog from the table, we go out to a trashy movie (I hope Harold & Kumar's 3d xmas thing isn't out of theaters by December, that would be perfectly inappropriate)  and gorge at the creepy all-you- can-eat China Buffet - pudding & sushi & yikes. I definitely wouldn't want to do that more than once a year. We also have a yule tree and cookies and red & green paper decorations, and whatever else we want from the mainstream traditions because, why not?

I'd love to do something festive with some local atheists, we go the the nature center for Solstice because they are cool with 'The reason for the season is the tilt of the earth!" as my kid loves to exclaim, plus they have outdoor night time activities and snacks. Humanlight was actually a little to reverent for my girl last time, I thought it was mostly pretty, she absolutely hated it. I guess she's more rational than I am - at 7! heh heh heh

Comment by Troy Gorsline on November 3, 2011 at 12:13pm
I can relate, Erin. I am relatively new to the non-theist community. I know I am not looking forward to the holidays for the same reasons. If there is one thing I have learned, is that this community is filled with genuinely really good people. The SWiFT group in Milwaukee are working on a more social aspect. We are a lot of fun. We'll keep your head straight. Just let us know. We're here for you.  
Comment by Erin Clark on November 3, 2011 at 11:29am
I need to start hanging out here more ... I use FB to keep in touch with a lot of people but I'm starting to feel stifled. Number of fellow atheists in my friend list: 1. I'm swimming in a sea of misguided, probably well-intentioned theists who are nevertheless going to make the next two major holidays seriously uncomfortable for me. Apropos of nothing, I just felt like kvetching.
Comment by Jason Koehler on October 26, 2011 at 5:40pm
Hey all, member for a bit and I've been seeing people comment, so I'm adding in a quick hello. I'm an Eau Claire Non-Theist, not very active because my job is pretty demanding, but I also love my job. =P Good to see other individual thinkers!

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