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Old 11-26-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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Aethiests and Christmas

So how many of you celebrate Christmas? Exchange gifts? And why do you do that?

I have only met one aethiest person in my life that was TRULY aethiest. He did not celebrate Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or new years since they are all CHRISTIAN holidays. There was not any gift giving, decorations, or anything representing these holidays in his life.

So how many of you are hypocrites and celebrate these CHRISTIAN holidays anyways?
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So how many of you celebrate Christmas? Exchange gifts? And why do you do that?

I have only met one aethiest person in my life that was TRULY aethiest. He did not celebrate Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or new years since they are all CHRISTIAN holidays. There was not any gift giving, decorations, or anything representing these holidays in his life.

So how many of you are hypocrites and celebrate these CHRISTIAN holidays anyways?
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they actually all stem from pagan holidays/traditions thats why i dont celebrate them
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I celebrate the birth of Jesus.. its my right.. just as its anyone eles right not to.. I bake him a birthday cake every year also..
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why does everyone start threads for the atheist's when there are only 2 maybe 3 atheists on this board? Couldn't you just PM them?

all of the rest that respond to the atheist threads do so to help limit the spread of ignorance(although this is a very valid, nonbiased thread).
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merry CHRISTmas & bless everyone & keep our troops safe & bring them home !!!!
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why does everyone start threads for the atheist's when there are only 2 maybe 3 atheists on this board? Couldn't you just PM them?

all of the rest that respond to the atheist threads do so to help limit the spread of ignorance(although this is a very valid, nonbiased thread).
Because it makes for good conversation and debate to make it through some really boring lame days at work And the few aethiests we have on here are some of the more colorful, or vocal people. Also helps in finding out, Why/What other people think. I think that is why they post topics about Christianity, to ask and question WHY.
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Because it makes for good conversation and debate to make it through some really boring lame days at work And the few aethiests we have on here are some of the more colorful, or vocal people. Also helps in finding out, Why/What other people think. I think that is why they post topics about Christianity, to ask and question WHY.
sounds good to me. . .thought provoking threads are always welcome here

FWIW, I'm not atheist, I was raised in the church but the more educated i become the more i open my eyes to the possibility of other options. I still celebrate christmas b/c it's tradition, and I love to get together with family and friends, and giving gifts to unsuspecting recepients makes me feel good. I bought a bicycle at academy and gave it to a guy i see walking down 105 everyday, now i see him riding home from work.
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sounds good to me. . .thought provoking threads are always welcome here

FWIW, I'm not atheist, I was raised in the church but the more educated i become the more i open my eyes to the possibility of other options. I still celebrate christmas b/c it's tradition, and I love to get together with family and friends, and giving gifts to unsuspecting recepients makes me feel good. I bought a bicycle at academy and gave it to a guy i see walking down 105 everyday, now i see him riding home from work.
I have given stuff to less fortunate people, but not to that extent. That was really nice of you.

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Tru dat, gotta start somewhere right? But I DO like his post.
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Tru dat, gotta start somewhere right? But I DO like his post.


last year i saw a guy walking down the street.. he stopped an asked if he could mow my yard or anything for money... i didnt have anything for him to do.. but i gave him money and a pretty new bicycle out of my garage.. i hope it helped him..
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sounds good to me. . .thought provoking threads are always welcome here

FWIW, I'm not atheist, I was raised in the church but the more educated i become the more i open my eyes to the possibility of other options. I still celebrate christmas b/c it's tradition, and I love to get together with family and friends, and giving gifts to unsuspecting recepients makes me feel good. I bought a bicycle at academy and gave it to a guy i see walking down 105 everyday, now i see him riding home from work.
haha nice

i bought a friends dog a HUGE chew toy i found at walmart

that's the only gift so far, but i plan to get a few things for my loved ones

it's like jet said, it's become more of a tradition than a religious belief. of course some people do it different like the dude with the cake. i wonder if he gets his family and sits around a picture of jesus and sings the bday song to him i've seen that too
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Well.

When most of your family and friends celebragte christmans...

It would be rude to not join in. I'd feel realy bad if I got presents and did't give any.
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Well.

When most of your family and friends celebragte christmans...

It would be rude to not join in. I'd feel realy bad if I got presents and did't give any.
I'm sure if you don't believe, and were man enough to tell everyone that you shouldn't accept gifts as this contradicts with your beliefs, they wouldn't burden you with that problem. I think I should celebrate Hanukkah to, I think we should all get paid holidays for all the days during Hanukkah even though I'm not Jewish. Why not benefit from theirs? Since we are a mixture of so many cultures and beliefs, we should all get to benefit from every single different culture on only the good things whether we believe or not right? I mean thats not selfish. No need to be devoted, or follow their traditions, and show following to it, lets just take all the good things and benefit from it.
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haha nice

i bought a friends dog a HUGE chew toy i found at walmart

that's the only gift so far, but i plan to get a few things for my loved ones

it's like jet said, it's become more of a tradition than a religious belief. of course some people do it different like the dude with the cake. i wonder if he gets his family and sits around a picture of jesus and sings the bday song to him i've seen that too
nope.. we dont sing happy birthday ... i figured the cake was enough..
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For the most part, Christmas has been commercialized and I would wager that a good number of self-proclaimed Christians celebrate this holiday more for the eating-socializing-gift giving that's associated with it rather than a celebration of the birth of Christ.

I consider myself more of an agnostic than an atheist, but I love Christmas. It's a great holiday to enjoy, even if you enjoy it for reasons outside of religion.
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Besides, most Christian traditions go back to pagan traditions, such as the Christmas tree.
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