I am an atheist. That doesn’t mean I hate God or am angry with him for not making me wealthy or genitally blessed; I simply don’t think he exists. I wasn’t abused as a child, I’m not in deep pain or distress, I don’t see a shrink, and I’m not a Devil-worshipper. I simply think that the facts do not show that God or gods are real. Furthermore, I think the facts show that, on the balance of probabilities, the Christian story (and the Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, and so on) is not true. I see the lot as myth.
Yet Christmas is the most important day of the year for atheists.
Let’s not forget at this time of the year, that Christmas always has had Christian and non-Christian elements. I tend to use the word “Yule” for this non-Christian festival that takes place around the Winter solstice. Yule, the olden Germanic, pre-Christian winter time of feasting. Holly, snow, pine trees, yule logs, feasting: this is just as much as a part of the season of “Christmas” as mangers, three kings, Bethlehem, and Jesus.
Yule is the festival of friends, family, feasting, boozing.
And yes, Yule is the time for thinking of others, gentleness, giving, and reflection.
But for me, there is no incarnation of God who was born this day.
Let us all respect each other at this time: Christians and, err, Yuleians.
So Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule 2016 to you all!
© 2016 Bryan A. J. Parry
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