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Old 10-30-2007, 01:21 PM
 
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I have a question for Christians. First, some backstory:

I am an atheist who celebrates Christmas.
I have no logical/rational reason for doing so - I just do.
I suppose if I were a "good atheist" I would ignore the tradition, but I have celebrated Christmas each year of my life and I don't intend to stop.
To me it is a family tradition and I like giving/receiving gifts. It's also a great, rewarding time of year to give used items away to charity.
This does not mean that I worship God or Jesus once a year, although I will occasionally go to church with my parents or in-laws.

Now for my question:

Does it offend Christians if an atheist celebrates Christmas?
Why or why not?
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:27 PM
 
Location: ARK-KIN-SAW
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no..why would it? Maybe if more did or at least respected the holiday, we could still have all of our Christmas music back in the malls like we did when I was a kid.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It doesn't offend me. Whether you intend to do so or not, I see it as Christ-honoring in an indirect, inadvertent way and I can't argue with that. Maybe that offends you...?
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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Whether you intend to do so or not, I see it as Christ-honoring in an indirect, inadvertent way and I can't argue with that. Maybe that offends you...?
Not at all - I'm the one is "betraying my own kind" here - so I've gotta take the good with the bad.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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Plenty of Christians celebrate Halloween and that definitely isn't a "Christian" holiday.

I think any holiday that is celebrated as a "family" and has good values and plenty of love linked to it is ALL GOOD!

While I can see that some Christians may see it as an oxymoron for an atheist to celebrate a Christian Holiday, I think it would be ridiculous and petty to look down upon it.

That being said, if an atheist IS going to celebrate our Christian holiday, it would be nice if the atheists would back off a bit on trying to take so much Christ out of it. It goes without saying that CHRISTmas IS a CHRISTian holiday, therefore it only seems appropriate that we will want CHRIST involved in the holiday!
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Does it offend Christians if an atheist celebrates Christmas?
Why or why not?
It wouldn't offend me at all.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:38 PM
 
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Heck, it offends me that most Christians don't recognize and honor Advent.

Celebrate away, my atheist friend. That sense of camaraderie and family closeness and the excitement about giving might yet give you an idea of what we believe!
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:41 PM
 
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Celebrate away, my atheist friend. That sense of camaraderie and family closeness and the excitement about giving might yet give you an idea of what we believe!
Well, I was raised in a loving, devoutly Christian home so I like to think I know something about Christian beliefs.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:42 PM
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No, it doesn't bother me...you aren't really celebrating "Christmas", your celebrating the Christmas season (Santa, presents, the tree, etc....). It's all stuff that I celecrate as well, I just celebrate the birth of Christ as the whole meaning behind it, whereas it is a traditional thing to you. It's like Christians (or whoever) celebrating Halloween by watching scary movies or going trick or treating, we don't celebrate Halloween, we celebrate the candy and costumes.

The only time I'm offended is in the rare case that people are told they can't put up a Nativity sceen or store clerks told they can't say "Merry Christmas" to customers.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Does it offend Christians if an atheist celebrates Christmas?
Why or why not?
It wouldn't offend me at all. I would only be offended if somebody like Michael Newdow or the ACLU wanted to take Christmas out completely. I will be the first in line to stand up against them and tell them to go jump in the lake!
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