Are you dreading the start of the Christmas season?

With Thanksgiving behind us, (& its glorification of overeating), we're officially into the Christmas season with its emphasis on overconsumption and the supposed birth of a god's son.  What a waste of time and money, especially considering all the pressing planetary problems.  Ho ho, I wish it were all over.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 26, 2012 at 9:14pm

Atheists need a holiday of their very own ... where we could mobilize a ton of service projects.... We need to let the world know that we are moral, altruistic and rational primates.

Sounds like a good way to expand the celebration of HumanLight!

Comment by Earther on November 26, 2012 at 4:43pm

Sometimes I think the only way I would feel like I was not being eaten alive by the social traditions of religioun and consumerism is if I worked at an all atheist elementary school.

Comment by Peter Furminger on November 25, 2012 at 11:48pm

Never liked x mass. Was hoping it was going to be canceled this year due to lack of interest but it seems we are not quite there yet.

Comment by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:26pm

I emphatically agree.  Gets worse every year, as people need ever larger doses of hyped-up consumerism to deaden their pain, dread, and guilt. 

As a Jew, I first felt left out of a great party everyone else was having.  As I grew up, I saw what an awful exercise it is and was glad to be uninvolved (except for office parties - I had TWO every year at one company; on the whole, I think I would prefer to be waterboarded). 

When South Park's Kyle realizes, in the second half of his song, that it's not so tough being a Jew at Christmas...that's my story, and I reached the same conclusion long ago.

Many atheists make fun of it all with Festivus, but I second Dick's comment: Christmas should be a season of social projects by atheists.  That would make "good without God" a reality at just  the time when people believe most fervently that without God/Jesus, humans are failed, fallen, and incapable.

Comment by Provocative Primate on November 25, 2012 at 11:42am

Atheists need a holiday of their very own, not just celebrating Darwin's birthday, but something where we could mobilize a ton of service projects in our respective neighborhoods, as opposed to blindly "buying" into consumerism.  We need to let the world know that we are moral, altruistic and rational primates.  I've only been part of Atheist Nexus for a few days but I'm enjoying how it fosters a sense of community and gives rational folk an outlet for sharing without stirring up a hornet's nest of believers who have their archaic Middle Age world all figured out. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 25, 2012 at 12:18am

Start! LOL I've already been subjected to Xian Muzak at the dentist's office twice and stores are going banannas. *groan* My dread is about Climate Change since I saw David Roberts TED talk.

I've been upset for two days.



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