If I had a pound for every time someone has said to me that I shouldn’t celebrate Christmas because I’m an atheist, well, I’d have a quid. If only I had that quid I could buy a lottery… oh no I can’t. Fucking lottery. Double the price and add ten extra balls, just to increase the revenues and the profits ay? It used to be called a tax on the desperate and the stupid but now it’s still something that someone has to win, so I’ve got my ticket… Doh!
We are all children of our culture and Christmas is hard to miss. The number of times I’ve tripped over boxes of Christmas decorations whilst shopping for Trick or Treat Repellent, well it numbers in the never, but I think you get my point. Christmas is a big thing, if not for normal ordinary folk, for supermarkets and corporations and all of the associated marketeers and of course for us common folk the idea of time to spend on yourself and with your family, doing what you want when you want, for a week. Just eating and drinking and seeing people you should really see more of, is very appealing.
And so I celebrate Christmas. Not because or in spite of being an atheist, but because I’m part of a society of people that is born into, and raised on, all of this holiday/festive circus.
I call it Reasonmas, because reason is my faith.
The tree goes up. It represents the phylogenetic tree of life.
The decorations, well they are just decorations. The tree of life looks pretty with a diverse mix of colours, shapes and sizes.
The star upon the tree is for Sol. Without it we are nothing. Its heat and light keep life going, not water, humanity or evolution.
Christmas cards are redundant. Why chop down a forest so millions of people can say “Merry Christmas” to each other when we live in a time of social media and mobile phones?
Presents, they are what they are. They should be symbolic. A physical way of saying to someone, ‘I remembered you at this time of family and giving’ what they are isn’t or at least shouldn’t be important. If exchanging gifts is important to you and what you receive is disappointing you need to look at yourself, no one else.
It’s all symbolic and the idea of Christmas shouldn’t be a fixed one. Let’s not forget that the faith that gave us Christmas is itself a cobbled together collection of other ideas, religions and festivals and its date is pagan not given by God. It’s a construct but a nice one.
Whether you have faith in Christianity, or anything else, I wish you a Merry Christmas. Any excuse to live, eat, drink, and share like a millionaire is a good thing. Us worker ants only have this coming week to have a time like this in a world that is built to divide us and keep us scared, paying taxes and conforming to the narrative of fear and consumption to fuel the capitalist machine.
Let’s enjoy tomorrow and the coming week like we have no worries and to Valhalla with everything else. If you have a God, may he bless you.
Happy Reasonmas Everyone.