Hello, how are you? I have a little problem: yesterday I posted sth like "halloween's over, it's Christmas time", and since I'm an atheist, I got qs why do I celebrate? Now everything was fine w/ that, I answered that I consider it a tradition and a nice occasion to get together, give presents etc. But then I started getting shit for it: "what do you even have to do with this"; "Xmas should be none of your business" "you have nothing to celebrate here" :( I don't think I'm doing anything wrong?
I am writing new affirmations today, and I feel like this is more a thing that needs to be answered specifically, rather than with the usual sorts of affirmations. Strap yourself into the Truth Rocket cos I’m about to launch this baby straight into the stars.
First of all - you go right the fuck ahead and celebrate Christmas! I fucking love Christmas and I’m an agnostic raised by atheists. We Christmas in this non-religious family and we Christmas like it’s going right the fuck outta style (which it better flipping not be!)
Secondly, Christmas is actually a pagan celebration that was adopted into Christianity and became associated with the story of Christ’s birth and the nativity. It’s a rad fucking story, and it fitted with the themes of the pagan tradition - y’all, early Christians were super fucking great at assimilating the traditions of those who they were converting. They followed in the Roman style of doing that because people are more likely to convert to a different religion if the traditions and celebrations are familiar to them.
Christmas is awesome and yes, it is a celebration spread by Christianity across much of the world, but isn’t the whole fucking point to celebrate the birth of Jesus - a man who believed in spreading love and kindness, charity and giving? And if you believe Christmas is about sharing, then the first thing to share is Christmas itself, OK!
You have every fucking right to celebrate what is really a super nice tradition!!! Love and kindness and caring are the absolute fucking best and the more of it in the world the better.
Celebrate the fuck outta Christmas, my friend.
- The Slightly Aggressive Affirmer