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Holiday Decor for non-religious folks


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I'm curious, do the atheists out there (or anyone that was raised a certain religion that doesn't practice anymore) still decorate for the holidays? Do enjoy the holiday season? Do you have a Christmas tree, or exchange gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever other celebrations there are that time of year?

I question faith often, but I could never part with the feeling of that time of year. Whether that feeling comes from a certain belief or from the atmosphere created from soft tree lighting and the snowman outside, I look forward to it each year.  How about you?

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I'm an atheist, so I regard it as a time to appreciate family and friends. I don't like the consumerism side of christmas...the christmas's I've enjoyed the most are the ones where we make our own decorations and everyone has thought out the gifts really well, not just buying a truckload of random junk. As my partner just said, "it's sort of like everyone's birthday all at once" 

Original Post by awol_feet:

I'm an atheist, so I regard it as a time to appreciate family and friends. I don't like the consumerism side of christmas...the christmas's I've enjoyed the most are the ones where we make our own decorations and everyone has thought out the gifts really well, not just buying a truckload of random junk. As my partner just said, "it's sort of like everyone's birthday all at once" 

 this

as an athiest I still treasure the holidays because our family gets together.  We are not big gift givers in our family either.  Generally we each just get something for mom and not for eachother.  As far as decorations I don't do any for myself besides jackolaterns. 

I put up a Halloween tree around October 15th. Of course, that's more to honor Ray Bradbury than anything else. I'm not exactly a pagan, but far be it from me to not enjoy a holiday. I think a big hunk of the western world agrees with me on that one. I also put out some pumpkin-scented candles and a few other fall decorations because it's my favorite time of year.

I'm not a big fan of Christmas and Thanksgiving. I just can't reconcile goodwill and peace with shoving fixin's up a turkey's ass and baking it for hours. Of course, my family also likes to throw in a ham and enough fried chicken to feed Ethiopia for a month. And I hate being thanked for giving gifts and I never know how to react to receiving gifts, so that part's just awkward. My family has always done a tree and some outside lights, but that's about it. I don't decorate for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

I kind of lump all holidays into one category and don't really associate them with any religion... at least the major American holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Mem Day, Labor Day, Indep Day, Halloween, etc.

I don't decorate for any of them, though.  We do have a few Christmas decorations, but we usually don't spend the holidays at home so we haven't bothered to put them up for the past several years.  I don't like junk and clutter and I don't have room to store lots of decorations that are only used a few days out of each year.

I really don't like Christmas, mainly because I worked in retail for 5 years and experienced the greed and commercialism first hand... and it really disgusted me.  And I hate, hate, hate Christmas music (after being forced to listen to it for what seemed like half the year for 5 years!)   I do enjoy spending time with friends and family, yummy (bad for you) foods, increased generosity (for charities, etc.), and time off work that comes with that time of year, though, but we don't typically exchange any gifts... I don't like stuff for the sake of having stuff, which is most of what people give you for presents.  I try to only buy things I really need, and I buy them when I need them rather than waiting till Christmas. 

I guess I'm what you'd call Agnostic, but I adore Christmas. I put up a tree and decorate like mad with wreaths and whatnot, but no nativity scenes or Jesus ornaments for me! (lots of Santa, though)

I love it because I love giving presents, spending time with my family, and stuffing my face with the traditional family cooking (especially the desserts!).

My friends and I celebrate Pagan holidays but I can't stop myself from putting up xmas decorations. they are just so pretty and fun

No one in my family is particularly religious (I vary between athiest and agnostic, the rest of my family are all very slightly religious), but we always decorate for at least Christmas. We do decorate for other holidays if we have a holiday party.

I would honestly decorate my place for every holiday. I love the festiveness. A combination of laziness and living with my parents up until 4 months ago has kept me from doing that... I can't wait to decorate my new apartment for Christmas though. :D

I do!  I was raised Catholic and while I don't really have any religious Christmas decorations, I have a TON of Disney Christmas decorations and do an "elegant yet fun" theme with a Christmas tree and other things.. I have a little village set for underneath the tree equipped with fake snow, snow frosted evergreen trees, etc.  Cute stuff :)

I wouldn't really say that I'm Atheist as much as I am I guess agnostic.  I don't know what there is, I don't really care.. and either way, there's no way it could ever be proven!

Original Post by spirochete:

My friends and I celebrate Pagan holidays but I can't stop myself from putting up xmas decorations.

 Didn't christmas start out as a pagan holiday?

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by spirochete:

My friends and I celebrate Pagan holidays but I can't stop myself from putting up xmas decorations.

 Didn't christmas start out as a pagan holiday?

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Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by spirochete:

My friends and I celebrate Pagan holidays but I can't stop myself from putting up xmas decorations.

 Didn't christmas start out as a pagan holiday?

Winter Solstice. Still a holiday, for Pagans, I think.

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by spirochete:

My friends and I celebrate Pagan holidays but I can't stop myself from putting up xmas decorations.

 Didn't christmas start out as a pagan holiday?

Winter Solstice. Still a holiday, for Pagans, I think.

 On the 21st.  And lucky me, I get to celebrate both!

I'm a decorating fiend, and I usually start on US Thanksgiving.  Not too much religious stuff, although some of it because the boys are in Catholic school.

But tons of everything else kitschy, tacky, glaring, traditional or fun.  I'm like an elf on speed.

Original Post by thehappyfish:

I guess I'm what you'd call Agnostic, but I adore Christmas. I put up a tree and decorate like mad with wreaths and whatnot, but no nativity scenes or Jesus ornaments for me! (lots of Santa, though)

I love it because I love giving presents, spending time with my family, and stuffing my face with the traditional family cooking (especially the desserts!).

 ^ This :)

I love christmas...not for any religious reasons, but because I love the time with family and friends...and the gift giving and receiving :) It's fun trying to figure out what to get and going shopping trying to find the perfect thing, then the expression on their face when they open it.

My parents and I have all these little traditions...we open one gift each on christmas eve (after my mom and I nag my father about it for an hour as he says "we never do this!"), we have coffee (used to be orange juice, but now that I'm pushing 30 it's coffee ;p) before opening gifts, dad always gets me one very practical gift...example jumper cables and duct tape. After gifts and breakfast we go to a movie because we are bored and nothing else is open. Usually there's an early dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, sometimes just the three of us and sometimes friends come over...it's great :) This year the SO will join and I'm excited for him because his family doesn't do anything and they don't have any little traditions like these.

Oh, and I always put the tree up the weekend after thanksgiving. My tree is not traditional...i have ornaments in the shape of martini glasses (pink), poodles with feather boas, and lots of frogs. It's fun to unwrap the ornaments each year and be suprised with what you'd forgotten.

It's funny because I'm such a neat freak about everything else, I never keep clutter/junk...but christmas decorations have half a closet to themselves :)

Original Post by rachd:

Oh, and I always put the tree up the weekend after thanksgiving. My tree is not traditional...i have ornaments in the shape of martini glasses (pink), poodles with feather boas, and lots of frogs. It's fun to unwrap the ornaments each year and be suprised with what you'd forgotten.

It's funny because I'm such a neat freak about everything else, I never keep clutter/junk...but christmas decorations have half a closet to themselves :)

I have a silver Christmas tree that I completely decorate in Snoopy and Woodstock!  :D

I also have other ornaments and decorations. If I ever have a house so big that it needs two trees, then I'll do a traditional tree for the second one. Because a lot of those ornaments, I don't want to part with - they belonged to my nana and granddad, which they brought over here from England in 1967 - very distinctive glass ornaments.

When I'm putting up the Snoopy tree, I usually look at the other ornaments and think about how I used to help them decorate their little tree which they also brought over with them - it always looked like such a "Charlie Brown tree" until we got the decorations on it.  I miss nana and granddad so much.

Original Post by mjsophia:

I'm curious, do the atheists out there (or anyone that was raised a certain religion that doesn't practice anymore) still decorate for the holidays?

just because i'm an atheist doesn't mean i don't like shiny stuff. 

 

Original Post by spirochete:

My friends and I celebrate Pagan holidays but I can't stop myself from putting up xmas decorations. they are just so pretty and fun

That may be because many Christmas traditions and decorations may have pagan origins, especially the Christmas tree.

So you're actually tuned into your paganism! :-)

Which is why, I know this isn't what this thread was for, but I as a Christian fight  internally against celebrating these holidays in the traditional way for a religious purpose. They actually have some backgrounds that are not what they're cracked up to be. I want to spend my next Christmas helping the poor or something...I don't want any gifts or a tree.

there's always the Festivus Pole.

I love untraditional christmas trees. :D For our christmas parties, we usually have 4-5 trees.

The one in the front room is always looks like it comes out of a magazine. It's a white tree with blue and silver decorations.
The tree in the dining room is a jumble of different colors and decorations. All the old decorations and any random ones we find that don't fit with anything else.
The one in the kitchen is a smaller(4-5'), light up tree. The last 2 years, it's been decorated with penguins and snowflakes. The year before, it was decorated with ginger bread men with the names of anyone we could thing of that may come to the party.
We have a floriday style plant type tree in the downstairs bathroom that we decorate as though it were a Christmas tree. My sister usually even wraps toiletpaper to put at the bottom tree. :)

We also occasionally have other, small trees for like the front room table centerpiece or something.

Original Post by gotborked:

there's always the Festivus Pole.

 awesome!  My favorite episode...

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