December 25, 2015

The Atheist Revolution Christmas Collection

Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen Viggo
Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen Viggo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have written quite a bit on the subject of Christmas (and the war on Christmas) over the years. I suppose one of the effects of writing a blog for over 10 years is that one is bound to write quite a bit on almost any topic one covers. But why so much on these particular topics? I think there are two primary reasons.

First, I live in a culture where Christmas is almost inescapable. It is not just the music or the decorations; it is that virtually everybody I encounter seems to want to talk about it. And that means I am bound to end up thinking about it at least some of the time. If I really wanted to prevent myself from being exposed to Christmas themes this time of year, the only way to do so would be to not leave my home and cut myself off from TV and the Internet. At most, I could probably manage to do that for a week. So one of the reasons I write about Christmas is that it is hard to avoid each December.

Second, Christmas and all it entails is frequently connected to the separation of church and state, a topic in which I am greatly interested. The conservatives on Fox "News" seem to start howling about the so-called war on Christmas earlier each year. Christian extremist groups come out with their lists of which retailers should be boycotted for daring to wish their customers "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Jesus Day!" Nativity scenes spring up on government property. You get the idea.

I thought it would be fun this year to pull together most of what I have written about Christmas over the years. I was wrong. It wasn't particularly fun because there ended up being far more of it than I realized. It turned into work. In any case, here's the Atheist Revolution Christmas Collection:
Whew! I told you there was a lot of it.

Enjoy your day, whether you are celebrating anything or not.
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