Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Atheistic Christmas

You might think that for an atheistic household like mine, the Christmas holiday is full of the exotic, the unexplained, the unexplainable, and above all, the grimly mirthless. Here are some of the ways we're observing the holiday, so judge for yourself:

  • We have erected a conifer in our living space and bedecked it with all manner of lights and baubles.
  • On Christmas Eve, I shall quiz my son on the cultural origins and various traditions of the Christmas holiday, making sure that he knows of Jesus, the star of Bethlehem, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Yuletide, Saturnalia, Santa Claus, and the more recent tradition in which televised news broadcasts bitch and moan about sluggish holiday sales.
  • We shall exchange gifts on the morning of Christmas, and I shall use a video camera to record the opening of the gifts. Later, I will bore myself and others with the re-showing of this video.
  • We shall enjoy a special meal on Christmas Eve, including but not limited to a lasagna-like concoction and apple pie.
  • If the weather clears, we will visit family in Seattle.
  • Surrounding all of this, there shall be much snacking, and we might take in a few movies.
Atheists are weird.

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