At this time of year many Christians get pretty mad at us non-believers for trying to stop them from displaying trees and stuff. I’m one atheist who is somewhat sympathetic to their situation. I’m not too bothered by Xmas tree displays anymore than I would at Santa displays. Also this Xmas season is now so mixed up that I cannot say I see anything religious about it. Take the Xmas tree, this is really a pagan custom i n use long before Christianity became prevalent, yet a majority of supposed Christians display one every year. For: Jeremiah 10:2-4:
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
(3) For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of
the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
(4) They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with
hammers, that it move not.”
So who are they celebrating here—surely not Christ’s birthday
Now as an atheist, I must apologize for my fellows who don’t want to see nativity scenes and the like.. I love the hymns, the hot turkey, the tree and its decorations—beautiful decorations on houses as well– the merry festivities and the especially the presents and hot toddy’s And just look at cheerful Santa Claus
(who actually does exist, he is right there.-Run to the next mall, there he is-then run as fast as you can to the next mall and again, there he is! Who can do that?).
So I truly enjoy this festive season. What’s not to like?
Also it takes an extreme stretch of the imagination to see this as a
religious holiday. Go to the nearest mall this evening. Look at the lineups as the large crowds grab everything in sight, not only presents, but lineups just for tinsel and decorations alone. See the fat turkeys pouring out of the
store, note the long lineups at the liquor stores. Go into a card shop and see how fast the festive cards are selling. And tomorrow, go back again—you will still massive crowds everywhere still frantically grabbing up everything in site and you will see this going on an escalating scale right through till Xmas eve. People are buying so much that some of it spills over to the homeless
This is a religious holiday? If so, it is more in worship of Wall Mart than in worship of Christ.
Blessed then be to Wall Mart who giveth unto us, lo, these many presents
Have a merry festive season no matter what you believe in—we’re all here on the same planet and need to be at each other’s back