Merry Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, I’m a bit of Scrooge. I have one young nephew, and a small family that I travel 16 hours to see. I’m always happy to see them, but I’m the only atheist in the family. Also, I don’t feel like being a Grinch and robbing people of their Christmas joy, so I put up with annual happy birthday Jesus song. I may even be in Church this with them this Christmas. Every Christmas  they get more and more religious about the season, which is great for them but alienates me.

I could make a point  of not participating in the religious parts of their celebrations. However, it’s one time of the year, and I it’s not hurting me. I’m quite opinionated when it comes to the different religions, but then again I’m the only atheist in the family. The rest of my family our fundamentalist Christians. You know the type young earth creationists, hell fire, etc. Perhaps, I’m a bit of wuss. However, bringing up unwillingness to take part in their religious traditions would dampen their holiday spirit, and for me it’s just an annoyance. So, I’ll just have to suck it up.

Like I said I’m a bit of a  Scrooge. I enjoy having enough time to actually go see family. On the other hand I’d be happier if we just watched the dr who special, drank some egg nog, and opened a few presents.

I know there are probably a few  people out their that think I should stand my ground about the religious stuff. I choose not to, but only on Christmas. As full of pagan elements as Christmas is, it now largely a overcomercialized Christian holiday, and I can’t change my families beliefs. I also only see them once a year. My advice for atheists, if you can avoid all the religious nonsense go for it, but if you’re in a situation like mine try not to be a Scrooge. I’m not saying don’t try to get out church and other religious aspects.  What I am saying is focus on what Christmas should be about, being with your family and getting along with your fellow-man.

Merry Christmas.


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