posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 10:16 PM
As an atheist, I can say the following.
We celebrate Christmas, just for the same reason that we celebrate the 4th of July. It's a holiday. It's a tradition.
What we do NOT do is get caught up in the hype. We don't tell our children lies about a fat man in a red suit sliding down our non-existent chimney
delivering gifts, nor about an omnipotent father that lives in the sky that will send them to a hell of firey torment if they don't believe in
I quite honestly think that the entire hype of christmas is perpetuated by the MSM. They have christmas decorations in the store now before
thanksgiving is even over. Nothing says appreciation for your family quite like spending gobs of hard earned cash on pretty colored glass orbs,
plastic trees, and inflatable lawn ornaments with moving parts and pretty lights. Nearly every decent eating place is belting out the same old tunes
we grew tired of hearing when we were 10 years old. The television programming has shifted it's focus hoping to sway the purchasing power of the
american public to go buy the newest, hottest items for their kids if they want to show their love - nevermind the 12 previous months of providing
them food, clothing, shelter...etc that won't be ever be thought of until the children have grown and gone and the parents are on their deathbed.
I see it now as just a sham that is riding on the coattails of what has grown to be the greatest american holiday ever, that has learned to make us
think that buying their baubles is showing great affection for our loved ones.
As an atheist, I see it as a remnant of a religious observance that is "evolving" over time into nothing more than a commercial gimmick. I would
say that within another few decades, the religious part of it will be lost altogether.