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Started by Michael Dixon. Last reply by Michael Dixon Oct 11.
Started by MC Pickard. Last reply by Mike Mitchell Apr 14.
Started by jenny. Last reply by Linda Currington Apr 21, 2012.
I'm out to both my family and my husband's, but it's like they can't hear me. I usually try to refer to it casually lest I cause I major incident, but it doesn't seem to stop anyone from suggesting "group" prayers at mealtime. And yes, we also have to do the "Jesus is the reason for the season!" thing. I know better, of course, but in a roomful of Christians the last thing you want to say is "pagan tradition".
Something to point out to your cousin: Shepherds watching their flocks by night is not something that would happen during the colder months. Jesus' birthday is therefore definitely NOT December 21st, nor January 1st. More likely, it would be sometime in August or September, based on just that one scriptural reference alone.
I say New Year's Day ought to be July 20th - the day we landed on the Moon.
Feel free to kvetch, bottling it up is stressful.
We are looking forward to doing Anti-Christmas / Saturnalia stuff this year, as my little girl is very much into atheism and rebellion at the moment. For us, on the holidays rather than trying to get along with relatives or whatever, I gave up on that, so we celebrate in silly style with "Saturnalia" being a holiday of reversal - doing things we normally would not do, I let my girl stay up all night, watch whatever vulgar and inappropriate nonsense she wants on the computer, cuss, sass, wear crazy face paint everywhere for no reason, feed the dog from the table, we go out to a trashy movie (I hope Harold & Kumar's 3d xmas thing isn't out of theaters by December, that would be perfectly inappropriate) and gorge at the creepy all-you- can-eat China Buffet - pudding & sushi & yikes. I definitely wouldn't want to do that more than once a year. We also have a yule tree and cookies and red & green paper decorations, and whatever else we want from the mainstream traditions because, why not?
I'd love to do something festive with some local atheists, we go the the nature center for Solstice because they are cool with 'The reason for the season is the tilt of the earth!" as my kid loves to exclaim, plus they have outdoor night time activities and snacks. Humanlight was actually a little to reverent for my girl last time, I thought it was mostly pretty, she absolutely hated it. I guess she's more rational than I am - at 7! heh heh heh
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