An Atheist Christmas

I’m back home and making up my traditional end-of-semester sleep deficit.  I’ll have a few substantive philosophical posts this week (I’m finishing the Eight Questions series before Christmas), but I will be supplementing with lighter fare for the holidays: unusual Christmas practices.

My boyfriend’s mother was surprised to hear I had any family obligations for Christmas, given that my entire immediate family are atheists.  We do have some holiday traditions, however.  There’s the traditional Chinese food and a movie on Christmas Day.  Just like Elena Kagan.

Before Christmas, we invite family and friends to our house to decorate cookies.  I was pleased to have Tristyn of Eschatological Psychosis over this year.  Along with typical Christmas cookie cutters like trees and holly:

We also have the less traditional, but ever popular America-shaped cookie:

The 2008 Electoral College

And, of course, festive cookies can always be reappropriated for entirely different designs.


Happy holidays!

About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011 and lives in Washington DC. She works as a news writer for FiveThirtyEight by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."

  • Julie Robison

    Two big thumbs up for the 2008 electoral college and the zombie reindeer! Hilarious! Have a very Merry Christmas, Leah!