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7 Alternatives To Christmas For December 25

Christmas has become politicized. This year, Christmas is not a simple, inoffensive cultural practice that all Americans can agree upon (in fact, it never was).

The more zealous right wing politicians like Donald Trump use their trumped up claims of a War On Christmas to demean anyone who chooses not to celebrate Christmas. They use the holiday to adopt a mantle of morality, preaching a reactionary cultural agenda while using their religious beliefs as an excuse to cut back on assistance to Americans in need.

If you want to continue to celebrate Christmas while it’s being transformed into a mean-spirited moment of exclusion, that’s your business, but many of us are sick of the hypocrisy that’s come to surround Christmas.

For those of you who are coming to feel sick to your stomach at the thought of Christmas, the following are a few alternative activities for December 25:

1. Have a Twilight Zone binge watch party. The TV show’s host, Rod Serling, was born on December 25.

2. If climate change hasn’t taken away your snow, find a hill and go sledding with some friends.

3. Organize a political activist meeting among friends and family,

4. Enlightenment Day marks the birthday of Isaac Newton on December 25, 1642. More than the man, it’s what he represents that interests celebrants of Enlightenment Day: The balance of reason and imagination.

5. Observe Invasion of Afghanistan Day, in memory of the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR, beginning a long, bloody, expensive war of occupation… and express gratitude that the United States would never, ever, ever make such a stupid mistake, right?

6. Those with a bit more of a sense of humor can ceebrate No L Day, aso known as Aphabet Day.

7. Just don’t celebrate Christmas! Enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, free from the manic hype.

11 thoughts on “7 Alternatives To Christmas For December 25”

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    Do you really believe that Christmas is being converted into (or already is) “a mean-spirited moment of exclusion”? That sounds more like something that snob atheists would do. If people wish to be atheists and leave everyone else alone, that is certainly their right. But snob atheists who want to tell everybody else what they can and cannot do and believe are inappropriate bigots.

    1. Kevin says:

      Bro, why you so mad? Channel a little Jesus love.

      1. Al Hopfmann says:

        Not mad or angry, just disappointed by the lack of tolerance and understanding.

    2. J Clifford says:

      Boy, talk about projection! What’s happening is that the right wing Christian base of Donald Trump is trying to force Christian warship on atheists and everybody else, onto Buddhists, onto Hindus, onto Jews. It is Donald Trump who is saying that we cannot say simply “happy holidays”, but have to say “merry Christmas” now. It is Christians who are turning Christmas into a political weapon against everybody else in the United States. With this radicalization of Christmas, you’re surprised that people don’t want to celebrate the holiday?

      It’s telling that you become so angry at the mere idea that people might voluntarily choose to do something else on December 25 other than celebrating Christmas.

      Do you really believe that someone making the free choice not to celebrate Christmas constitutes an attack on Christmas?

      1. Al Hopfmann says:

        Not a Trump supporter.
        Not “angry”.
        Not trying “to force Christian warship (sic? or just a good pun?) on atheists and everybody else”.
        Not even a big celebrator.
        Not opposed to “free choice”.
        Not projecting, but instead promoting the universal acceptance and application of the two most important tenets of
        The Ten Commandments: “Thou shall not murder.” and “Thou shall not steal.”

        1. J Clifford says:

          Have you actually read the ten commandments, Al?

          The MOST consistent theme of the Ten Commandments is the demand of absolute obedience to religious authority, that nobody shall be allowed to worship anybody or anything other than the monotheist god.

          The Commandments begin with:

          – I am the Lord thy God!
          – Thou shalt have no other gods before me!
          – Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image!
          – Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain!
          – Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy!

          That particular tradition of monotheism is consistently about persecuting religious difference, forcing people to comply with what is supposed to be the One True Belief And Practice. These commandments are the exact opposite of universal moral tenets.

          I don’t see how you can deny that, and I don’t see how you can apologize for the resources of the U.S. federal government being used to promote Christianity and its worship on its holy days.

          If Christmas is so awesom, how come it depends on annual U.S. federal government endorsement?

          1. Al Hopfmann says:

            Apparently you have missed the many times here and elsewhere that I have challenged all atheists to be good atheists by adhering to the two Commandments that are the foundational indicators of whether a person is evil or not. > “Thou shall not murder.” > and > “Thou shall not steal.” <

            Jews and Christians are freely entitled to accept and practice the other eight Commandments. And you are freely entitled to reject them. But it should be intuitively obvious to any thinking person that rejection of the "Two Commandments" is not acceptable in a free society, whether religious or not.

            Some idiots criticize those of us who practice the Ten Commandments as being anti-Semitic for promoting those beliefs. To them I say, "NEWS FLASH!! Moses was not a Christian. He was a Hebrew." That is why Western Civilization is correctly referred to as "Judeo-Christian" based. And good atheists are welcomed in our country which is based on that historical perspective. Murderers and thieves are not.

  2. Kevin says:

    Thanks for turning me on to Enlightenment Day!

  3. Al Hopfmann says:

    Responses to my objective and calm assertion show either a vast emotional misinterpretation or a deliberate application of the principle of reversal. Let me assert again that the evil and/or misguided people who don’t follow the two most universally important tenets of The Ten Commandments (Thou shall not murder. Thou shall not steal.) are the ones who are most in league with slavery, repression, and the evils of unlimited government. People who honestly follow those two tenets are most likely to be advocates of limited government. Unlimited government always relies on theft, and historically has always required murder (including war) to keep its advocates in power.
    The “liberty tree” has room for all truly religious people and most atheists. Murderers and thieves are not welcome. But they are ultimately forgiven by Christians and some other religious people. Merry Christmas to all Christians. Happy Holidays to others. And best wishes to sincere atheists.

    1. Kevin says:

      Of course Al. If you say so, it must be true.

  4. N Waff says:

    Nothing bring more cheer than – Organizing a political activist meeting among friends and family,
    Thanks for the advise.

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