Why Are Atheists Celebrating Christmas?
Disclaimer: Before you get angry, offended or want to unfollow/unfriend me because of this, hear me out. This is my point of view only and I’m really honestly just trying to understand how things and events in our society work because quite simply, I just don’t understand some things. I mean no harm or offense and I’m absolutely not judging anyone, ever.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on…. :)
So it’s that time of year again. The malls are filled with sparkly and glittery things and all things Christmas. Christmas carols are played in every store. Santa Claus and his trusty companion Rudolph are everywhere. Blow up lawn figures of Frosty and other things Christmassy (how Frosty is Christmassy still confuses me?) are displayed at all your favourite stores.
Every now and then you may actually come across a Nativity Scene. You know that thing, the real message and meaning behind Christmas. I wonder why there aren’t many blow up lawn ornaments of Jesus. Are there? I don’t recall seeing them displayed prominently and proudly in many stores.
But enough about blow up dolls and Santa Claus.
Let’s get to the real message here. Christmas celebrations and Atheists. I Googled the meaning of Atheist just to make sure we’re clear and I totally understand what exactly an Atheist is.
Atheist: a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.“he is a committed atheist” synonyms:nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, doubting Thomas, agnostic;
Ok. That’s what I thought it was. Clearly, someone who just doesn’t believe in God. That’s cool. I’m not here to judge. Many of my best friends are Atheists. All good.
So let’s dig a little deeper here. Who exactly is Jesus Christ, you know, the guy whose birthday we celebrate every year on December 25th. Ya that guy.
More Google searching revealed this:
Who is Jesus Christ? Humble Beginnings
Jesus is God’s only begotten son, yet He came from the throne of His Father to the womb of a woman. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God.
This definition was ok but purely opinion based (kinda like my article here I guess) and I wanted to find out more. Who better than go to than Wikipedia, amirite? This was their definition:
Jesus[e] (c. 4 BC — c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ,[f] was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians believe he is the incarnation of God the Son and the awaited Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.
(this definition was riddled with links that I have removed)
Ok so let me get this straight. Jesus is God’s son. Every year we celebrate His birthday, even the people who don’t believe who his father is or that he even exists. They are celebrating his birthday too.
Why then are so many non believers around the world celebrating this day? I need to make one thing clear ( I probably should have stated this right off the bat) I am not a bible thumper or am I in any way trying to convert anyone. Nope.
I’m really just trying to understand why people who have no faith or ties or beliefs in the big guy Himself or His son celebrate his birth every year. It simply makes no sense to me.
Oh wait…I get it. I think I understand.
Consumerism. Economy. Jobs. Materialistic things. Doing what everyone else in society is doing (i.e following the crowd [I shudder]) Is this what Christmas is all about? Is that why everyone is stressing the eff out shopping until their credit cards can’t handle anymore?
Because Christmas isn’t really about anyone’s birthday anymore. It’s about shopping til you drop to support the economy and keep people employed. It’s about keeping the economy alive, healthy and going, no matter what the cost and no matter what the occasion.
And let’s not forget Boxing Day too? Right after Jesus’ birthday we get to celebrate even more and shop til our heads blow off! How exciting is that? (feel the sarcasm?)
I wonder if children know the true meaning of Christmas, even the Atheist children. Do they know and understand? I’m not even going to answer that. All children understand is that Santa Claus comes and brings lots of presents. How exciting for them! Truly innocent and adoring. ❤ (oops guess I did answer that after all)
Listen, I ain’t shitting on anyone here. I promise. I can totally see how most religious holidays, even Easter, are now just a big consumer trap. They’ve lost all meaning. It is what it is. I’m no savior. I’m not going on some crazy mission to try to remind everyone of the true meaning of all these events and I’m certainly not lecturing anyone about what these celebrations are all about…….but
Let me share this with you. In the spirit of Christmas, there are other ways to celebrate, even if you’re an Atheist. As Jesus was a helper and healer (wasn’t he?), so can you be.
Instead of dropping thousands of dollars that you don’t have anyway on gifts that usually mean nothing in a month or two, on people you may not even really like that much (but feel obligated to buy for anyway), why not go help people who are less fortunate.
Why not make a deal with your family/friends/coworkers to donate your time and or money to help a homeless mission, a family in true need. Why not go volunteer your time that day and visit with someone in a nursing home who never gets any visitors?
Why not go to your animal shelter and play with puppies all day? Why not just steer clear of all malls and do something in the name of humanity, not for the sake of Jesus’ birthday who, you don’t really believe in anyway?
Can we all agree to believe in humanity? ❤
Feel free to add to the conversation . I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
Peace and Love
xo iva xo