Discussion by: Alexinpessac
Well, it's nearly that time of year again (at least in my impatient mind!!). I ought to come clean – I'm an atheist who loves, and has always loved, Christmas. But am I a hypocrite for celebrating Christmas?
The argument for 'yes' is simply that it is a Christian festival ('Christ' 'mass' being the first clue, Sherlock…). It celebrates a Bible story, an erroneous religious belief, something we atheists obviously reject. However, having looked on this site for opinions on Christmas I dug up some comments which characterised Christmas as being just a 'winter festival' with 'pagan' elements, a 'commercial' phenomenon, a good time for families, parties etc., and that we should just 'chill out' and enjoy the food and drink and presents. Which is what I do.
The late, great Christopher Hitchens despised Christmas, my one big disagreement with him. I have always adored it for the atmosphere, carols, tree, presents etc, i.e nostalgia, emotion, memories of family long gone.
So : what are your thoughts on all this? Are any of you anti-Christmas (maybe for the same reason you might be anti-Ramadan, for example?) I think it could be a rich debate.