My First Atheist Christmas

December 29, 2008

Well, it’s only fitting to follow up last month’s post with this one, right? Only this time around, there were some significant differences. Although technically my first atheist Christmas, I still had to spend it pretty much entirely in hiding, as I flew home for the holidays and spent it with my family.

Everything was pretty much the same, save for the details given to the same questions typically asked: How’s everybody’s jobs going in this economy, how’s everybody’s kids, that sort of thing. Although religious, my family’s not necessarily so over the top with it, and the more I think about it, I realize much of what draws them to religion and keeps them drawn to it is the strong familial context they’re able to extract from it. Not saying atheists need religion to have strong family ties at all, just making a note.

Lastly, I’ll say the one thing that’s always disgusted me about Christmas was no different this year, and will likely be no different next: the commercialization of it all. But hey, that’s just the American way, right?

Okay, I promise I won’t make any more “my first atheist holiday” posts. Done with it. New Year’s coming up soon.

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