Tuesday conversation: Christmas!

I don’t celebrate Christmas – I celebrate Friendsmas!  :)  It’s a holiday conceived by my friend, Cambridge.  It’s pretty much like Christmas, but without all the religious hullabaloo and which puts the focus on the real reason for the season: friends.

My family has also always opened presents on Christmas Eve.  I was the envy of all my friends.

I grew up in a secular household, but we did celebrate Christmas and I did believe in Santa Claus.  We just focused on all the cool stuff: peace on earth, goodwill toward man, etc.  None of the Jesus hogwash.  Personally, I think the Jesus hogwash, with its tendency to promote disdain for out groups, muddles up the peace on earth and goodwill toward man part.  Just think about how many people dredge misery out of the holidays when they are wished well in a way they deem insufficient (“Happy Holidays!”).

Anyway, what are your family traditions?  Do you celebrate Christmas?  Do you engage or ignore the “war on Christmas” folk?

Also, commenters should suggest a new holiday tradition.  If there is a particularly good suggestion, I will adopt it this year.  :D

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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