For the life of me I can’t understand why some Atheists would celebrate Christmas…if they were trying to be intellectually consistent. Christmas is the most significant religious holiday second possibly only to Easter. Not only is it religious, it is the cultural recognition of a reported miracle: The virgin birth of the incarnate Son of God.
Of course I realize that many people celebrate Christmas in secular terms. But why celebrate it at all? Atheists often criticize Christianity claiming that its origins and holy-days, like Christmas, are borrowed from earlier pagan myths. Well, an Atheist celebrating Christmas, even in a secular context, is merely borrowing a holiday from an earlier religious “myth”: Christianity. If they believe this to be a valid criticism of Christianity, you’d think they would avoid it all together and create a new holiday altogether. If a racist who kidnapped and tortured two women by whipping them with electrical cords and burning them with soldering irons can start a holiday (Kwanzaa) that’s commemorated on U.S. postage stamps and gain public recognition by major political heads of state, then surely Atheists could do it too.
I know I’m making light of the issue, but even in this, I hope even my Atheist readers do have a Merry Christmas.