my sil claims to be atheist. her grandpa died recently, and she refuses to tell her 3 year old daughter that the angels came and took him to heaven, instead she told her he was very sick (cancer) , died and is never coming back. ok, fine. i understand her not wanting to fill her daughter's head with stuff she doesn't believe in, and wanting to try and lead her down the same path.
however, when it comes to Christmas, she's all for it (well the getting part, not the giving) but that's what confuses me. everyone in my family and dh's family celebrates Christmas as the birth of Christ. i realize some people claim it's a holiday ripped off by Pagan traditions. even then, Pagans believe in a higher power, and she can't use that excuse, i highly doubt she has ever even heard of paganism.
and her daughter's not an excuse either, sil is a heartless bitch who gave up custody of her daughter so the fact that she celebrates it and lets her daughter celebrate has nothing to do with Christ or any of the traditions of Christian Christmas. it's probably just a purely selfish act for her to get stuff.
can anyone explain to me why some people who claim they don't believe in God, a God, or any specific higher power, would celebrate Christmas?
and btw, im truly not trying to offend atheists in any way, shape, or form. just trying to understand.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:04 AM on Dec. 9, 2010 in Religious Debate
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Answer by cassie_kellison at 7:17 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
I celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, but I understand why atheists still celebrate if they don't believe. No one owns the day, and Christmas is also about getting together with family and friends. It's fun, there are great Christmas carols, elves, pretty decorations and lights. Everyone can have fun on Christmas but it's up to each family to decide what they focus on.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:48 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
It is a leftover remnant of my family's Christian heritage and since we like it, we continue to celebrate it in our own secular way. The festivities also break up the long, cold winter by providing us with something to anticipate and celebrate.
Answer by beeky at 7:37 AM on Dec. 9, 2010