Although I am an atheist, I partake in different holidays.
Growing up in a Catholic household, I participate in most Christmas traditions to this day. My family gets a Christmas tree and does a gift exchange on December 25th (which also happens to be my birthday). My mom bakes butter cookies so rich that we stock up on butter before the holidays. Dad fights with the Christmas lights and wrangles them onto the trees outside (and the one inside too). One of my favorite traditions actually takes place at a church in Vermont, where my grandparents are active members of the parish. The church has a midnight candlelit service. The core message of the service is always love and peace- no God fearing nonsense. Christmas in itself is interesting as a "Christmas baby". My birthday is celebrated with cake after Christmas dinner. As I get older, I rarely have a birthday party- which is a shame.
I also honor all my friend's holidays. I think it's great that I have friends with different faiths and ideas about holidays. I've celebrated Yule with my pagan friends. I've celebrated Hanukkah with a Jewish friend. I've celebrated Festivus with my atheist friend. What I find interesting is that regardless of the idea behind December holidays...They all bring friends/family together and involve generosity, love, and food.
Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why?
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