Why I’m Against Christmas Cheer

Taken at face value, who could argue against “Christmas cheer?” Everyone looks forward to the Holiday Season, so the lore goes. Christmas is a national reprieve from the mundanity of everyday life, a time to set aside our troubles, kick back, and revel in festivity.

When “cheer” is experienced genuinely, it can have great salutary effect. But when cheer is effectively enforced — by cultural and/or familial custom — it can do just the opposite. I don’t feel particularly compelled to adopt a cheerful demeanor simply because tomorrow happens to be the 25th day of December, and the expectation that I must sours my mood further. Ritualistic expressions of saccharine cheer are almost always pretty depressing, in fact, on Christmas or any other day. [Read more…]

Ireland Legalizes Weddings Performed by Humanists

In Ireland, if a Humanist Celebrant performs a wedding, it’s only symbolic. You still have to have a civil ceremony for the wedding to be legally-binding.

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That’s Why He Shows Up in Toast


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I’m Not Celebrating Christmas and I’m Hungry; Where Can I Eat?

If you’re not celebrating Christmas (or you’re with your family and you’re all just hungry), LifeHacker has a helpful list of restaurant chains that are open for business today! (Keep in mind not all franchises operate the same way, so call your local restaurant to double check before you go.)

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Jesus Won’t Be Coming Down Their Chimney

But I think I know where the Festivus Party is at!

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