Happy Solstice everyone!
I know, I’m not a pagan, but I do sort of like the idea of celebrating astronomically-inspired holidays. They are so much more preferable to those holidays that copied off of the pagan ones. You now, like Christmas.
So, what do atheists do on December 25th? Well, that all depends. Many, probably most, celebrate Christmas with their families. Christmas has become, after all, a secular holiday here in the United States, so why shouldn’t they if that’s what they enjoy?
Some do the old Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food, catch a movie, or just relax with a day off. I have done this myself with some Jewish friends in the past.
Some atheists work on this day so that their Christian co-workers can have the day off. That’s nice of them. Plus they might get paid extra for working on a holiday. Bonus!
So, what do I do? Well, I have traditionally spent Christmas with my family, but I have never really liked the holiday that much. I am not a fan of the consumerism, awkward family gatherings, and I am certainly not Christian. I’m not even convinced that Jesus was a historical figure, let alone believing the mythology about his birth.
So Christmas is not a big deal for me, and I stopped celebrating some years back. I insisted that people don’t give me gifts either, because I felt hypocritical taking gifts on a holiday that I didn’t want to celebrate. My parents still do get me something, but to a lesser extent than they did when I was younger.
But this year, I will be participating in something new. My girlfriend and I will be be going to my friend Brian Sapient‘s house to celebrate the annual ChristMyAss festivities. Yes, that’s right folks, that’s Sapient of the Rational Response Squad.
Since I moved out of the Philadelphia area, I have not been able to see Brian or many others from my home town, but come the holidays I will be back in Philly. And while I am there, I’ll be live on webcam (no, not that kind of live on webcam, pervs…) for your viewing and listening pleasure.
The details of the webcast are as follows.
Place: http://www.rationalresponders.com/rrs_webcam_room (stickam.com)
Date: December 25th, 2009 (AKA Christmas)
Chat etc: 2:00 PM
Live on Webcam: 6:00-9:00
Stop by early for some chat, music, and introductions, and stay later for the same. Brian, Seana, and I will be on from 6-9, then we will commit ourselves to a few drinks and hanging out. I wonder if bars will be open in his area. It will be Friday night….
I hope to see you there. What else do you have to do on a Friday evening in late December?