I've just noticed the survey on the front page of the Nexus asking: "Do you celebrate Christmas?" There are four options - two yes and two no - but my own preference is sadly missing. So I'll post it here instead.

Yes, I do celebrate Christmas and I had a rather good time of it last year. Christmas, for me, is a time to go back home and catch up with friends and family. It's a time to eat, drink and exchange presents. And I can enjoy all of this without feeling any need whatsoever to pretend that there is some sort of mythical reason for wanting to spend some time with my family.

Far too often people get hung up on the fact that the mid-winter festival is called Christmas. If this bothers you then just remember that Europeans were celebrating a mid-winter festival long before Christianity was invented and - I think it's safe to say - will be enjoying a mid-winter festival long after Christianity has gone the way of Odinism.

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Comment by Evolver on February 1, 2009 at 1:13pm
I've reinvented my favorite Christmas memories into Solstice celebrations for my own family. It's been great because I love science and I can talk all about what the Earth and Sun are doing. And since most Christmas traditions are stolen from old Pagan and Roman solstice celebrations, it's pretty easy to make the switch. Words are powerful for me, so it was important to me to call our winter holiday something other than Christmas. "Solstice" has a similar right to it, so that's nice.
Comment by River Otter on January 11, 2009 at 5:38pm
Right on! I didn't vote because of the same reason, and I am with you about Christmas.

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