December 26th, 2007


cranky and weird.

Things I don't get about the whole "holiday season" - except Hanukkah which I'm cool with:

(For the purpose of not caveating every statement we're going to ignore the fact that the set date for Easter has nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with existing fertility rituals that pre-date him. And we're going to ignore the fact that the set date for Christmas has nothing to do with the death of Jesus and everything to do with existing solstice celebrations - becuase Jesus was born in the spring)

Isn't the big deal about Jesus that he died in order to absolve humanity of its sins? Why celebrate his BIRTH? You should be having a wake for his DEATH (as far as I know, only Jehovah's Witnesses do that). But Easter is really only a huge religious focus/event for Catholics.

Why do atheists still give/receive gifts on Dec. 25th?

How do atheists square it with themselves to teach their children explicitly that god does not exist (in any form) but that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy do? Especially since two of those things are the weird secularized non-religious aspects of what are basically religious holidays. Like.. how is one set of "lies" any better or worse than another set?

I feel like casual atheism (I tolerate/teach religious holiday celebration when there are gifts involved or it's just more convenient) is just as disingenuous as casual Christianity (I believe in god/Jesus/the new testament, etc. when there are gifts involved).

Maybe I'm a fucking psycho - but reading people talk about their Christmas stuff as getting "loot" is highly appropriate and pretty disgusting at the same time.

I have a lot of weird baggage about Christmas - I think most people do. I think that's why there are such extremes of emotion about it. I know I'm certainly thinking way too deep and hard and angrily about it all.