I’ve read a lot of cranky posts from atheists who are annoyed by the Christmas season and I can totally understand why. In my grinchiest of moods, I see how the December holiday season is entirely about convincing a whole lot of people who don’t have very much money to buy things they don’t need.
At the same time, certain members of the Christian right raise a hue and cry about “taking back Christmas” from those who choose to say “Happy Holidays” because, you know, Christmas isn’t the only fucking holiday happening right about now.
The holiday decorations are now going up right after Halloween and it is only a matter of time before Labor day becomes the date that stores start devoting some of their space to holiday decorations for folks who like to plan ahead.
If you don’t believe in the religious mythology that surrounds the season, you have to accept that you are going to be bombarded with it anyway. From a “Glee” Christmas special that includes a bible verse to nativity scenes on neighbors’ lawns, it is there. Like it or not, this season is about religious holidays (yes – more than one) and you are going to hear about it.
I totally get why some members of the atheist community get cranky around this time of year. Read More…