[ExI] Impending Newtonmass... what should I buy the atheist in my life?
benboc at lineone.net
Wed Dec 24 00:03:23 UTC 2008
Stathis Papaioannou" <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
>2008/12/22 Olga Bourlin <fauxever at sprynet.com>:
>> > Yes there is. It's easy - one can simply ignore Christ-mass (I've
>> > for 25 years). And If I didn't grow up in a cultural Christian
>> > begin with, there would be nothing to ignore. Even with the secular
>> > components that have been added to Christ-mass, many "other" religious
>> > groups do not do Christ-mass.
>This is actually hard to do at this time of year, even as an atheist
>in a mostly secular country. People say "have a good Christmas" and
>you feel it requires at least a brief standard response, or no amount
>of rationalisation will prevent you from looking like an dissocial
As an 'anti-christmasite' myself, I find it quite easy, with a little
Make sure all your friends and family know that you don't do Xmas, check
out the local shops and supermarkets opening times and susceptibility to
<shudder> carol singers, get your supplies in before the crazy rush
starts, and DO wish people a Merry Xmas.
What's the problem with other people having a good time with a ritual
that you don't share? It doesn't bother me, as long as people know not
to give or expect presents and cards. Just because I don't want
anything to do with a commercially hi-jacked festival of a religion that
has torture and human sacrifice as it's main theme doesn't mean that I
want to spoil the fun that other people get from it.
(The fact that I'm a dissocial grump is another matter entirely, nothing
to do with Xmas).
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