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So i was asked the other day the most oddest question...

how do you celibrate christmas or any other holiday if your athisest.... do you really need to believe in god to enjoy and celibrate any holiday...

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Lynnsae

Asked by Lynnsae at 8:12 PM on Dec. 28, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No cause while one may say they are celebrating christmas for God or Jesus the holiday has absolutely no backing of beginning with God or Jesus. It's all pagan

    bizima4

    Answer by bizima4 at 8:15 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Now Christmas is so commercialized it may have religious connections but it didn't start that way

    lovemylilman06

    Answer by lovemylilman06 at 8:25 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • I tried to find the other question about this to save everyone the trouble of repeating themselves but looks like its gone.
    You do not have to believe in God to open presents and put up a tree!
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 8:33 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Any holiday is only what you make it.
    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:33 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • No I do not need to believe in anything in order to celebrate family and friends and the love we share. And thats what christmas is about for us...well and most holidays are about that for us. It's a day to set aside time for our family and those we love;)
    sahmamax2

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:40 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Not all holidays are religious and at their core they are what the indiciduals celebrating them make them out to be about. Thus belief in God is not needed to celebrate Christmas or any other holiday.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 8:40 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • The freedom of atheism is that you can celebrate--or not celebrate--any holiday you like.
    witchqueen

    Answer by witchqueen at 8:41 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • It seems like it was possible in my family this year, my nephew , a now professed atheist relayed this to his Catholic family. He chose to participate in the family traditions, attending church service and being a part of the family gatherings. I assume Christians don't have a market on the emotion of love, and caring for someone or oneself as Christianity professes that is the standard..to love God and love one another .So I would say yes an atheist whether feeling hypocritical or not can certainly celebrate the holidays, although not the holydays as we see Christmas to be more than the materialistic giving and receiving gifts. God's gift to us being our eternal salvation throught the birth of his son to mankind is a Christian's take on the season. Often times the real truth is covered by centering on things.Don't confuse the issue. Gramma565
    Gramma565

    Answer by Gramma565 at 8:43 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • One does not need to be a believer to celebrate the secular (or other) aspects of the holidays, no.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:27 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • well...im pretty sure Atheists have families and love their parents (Mother's & Fathers Day) or country (4th of July if their American) or SO (V-day) and enjoy goodies...at least as much as any person who does believe in God(s).
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 10:00 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

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