Having seen a number of posts about the season, and having spotted that it’s now the 23rd December (unless you’re in Australia or New
Zealand, in which case it’s 4th July 2015 because of the seasonal shifts and stuff), I think it’s time I wished you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Now, as an atheist, many would say that I shouldn’t be allowed to do this. To that, in the spirit of giving, I say “sweaty nutsacks“. Lest we forget, English Christians had a real go at banning Christmas once upon a time. And it worked for a while and then it came back. So that says something. Probably. It was something about the Pope and something about wassailing – which sounds great and if you didn’t do it you wanted it banned. I’d personally like to see it revived. Someone get on to that please.
And yes, I am well aware that there have been more than one virgin births throughout the ages. And I am also aware that the Winter Solstice predates Christianity by a good margin and sounds like a lot more fun.
But, you know what? I like Christmas. I’ve always liked Christmas and the fact that it’s supposed to have some significance to non-Atheists will not stop me liking it. It’s fun, people are generally happy (or less unhappy) and there are presents and good food and good company. If you insist on spoiling your Christmas by attending a cold church, then I’m sorry, it’s your own fault – though midnight mass is always a good way to break up the drinking sessions on Christmas Eve.
In closing, have a good Christmas, be safe (don’t worry about Rohypnol, worry about getting blackout drunk), if you do drink too much and you’re lying on your back choking on your own vomit only have one or two more and then switch to shorts for a while and I hope that Santa brings you some great toys.
Atheists feel compassion, empathy, and social responsibility as much as anybody. We don’t think those feelings come from God — most of us think they’re part of our evolution as social animals — but we don’t need to believe in God to feel these feelings strongly, and to take them seriously. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across