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Thread #107178   Message #2220528
Posted By: PoppaGator
21-Dec-07 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: BS: How do u celebrate midwinter godlessly?
Subject: RE: BS: How do u celebrate midwinter godlessly?
I'm with Kevin; I get a little short of patience with those who make such a strenuous effort to avoid the word "Christmas" themselves, and very short of patience with those who challenge the right of others to use the word.

It seems more than a little ironic to me that really religious Christians get (understandably) upset at the very thorough secularization of our public celebration of Christmas, while at the same time opponents of Christianity get so militant about censoring the words used to describe public celebrations that everyone shares and enjoys.

In our modern industrialized culture, "Christmas" is a concept that has a lot more to do with buying and selling, and with eating and drinking, than with religious worship. We all recognize that there is a religious element of Christmas that is associated with a particular tradition that is indisputably part of our shared history. We also need to remember that serious religious observation of this feast day is, to say the least, less than universal.

The more educated among us, especially those not strongly affiliated with any church but also including plenty of observant but non-fundamentalist Christians, are fully aware of the historical fact that midwinter/solstice celebration of Yuletide predates Christianity, and has always included some element of recognizing a "New Year," even back before the current calender systems were ever invented.

But I digress (as usual)....

How do I celebrate midwinter godlessly? Let's see...

I don't go to work. (And now that the kids are grown up and gone, I can even sleep late, a luxury that used to be impossible on Christmas morning!)

I eat and drink to excess.

I exchange presents ~ Christmas presents ~ with friends and family.

I enjoy the company of others, including some folks who are more religious than I am, as well as a few who are even less religious ~ and I don't say or do anything to start an argument!