Thursday, December 29, 2011

If you're not religious, why do you celebrate religious holidays?

A few years back, I fell out of love with the whole religion thing. It wasn't in an attempt to seem cool among my new friends in high school, not in the slightest. To be honest, I found greater reason in science than religion. Not that religion shouldn't exist, or that having "faith" is bad, but I see no reason why people should carry out horrible atrocities in the name of a "god" that may simply not exist. At the same time, the reason I fell out of love with it, was not these atrocities, it was a want of reason, explanations, and a reasonable skepticism towards things and people that simply expect me to follow their point of view.

Having said all that, I did not simply shrug off belief in "god", or rather some at least potential omniscient overseer. Instead I acknowledge the possibility of their existence, but see no reason to devote my life to such a being. Instead I've come to possess a sense of open-mindedness, allowing myself to be open to all possibilities, no matter how absurd, or initially unappealing they may be.

Where does this factor into why I celebrate religious holidays, without actually being religious?

Honestly, it's a one word answer... "Family." 

I love to spend time with my family, and I don't need a book written over 2 Millenia ago. At the same time, I don't need to follow a religious custom to simply enjoy the holidays. Instead of celebrating Jesus' birth, I celebrate simply having people in my life. It's a simple concept. Besides, Christmas is so all-encompassing now, you could celebrate it for damn near anything. Presents, family, good food, the birth of your savior, or just chilling by the fire with the person, or persons you love most, all of them are acceptable, none of them are wrong.

I honestly wanted to elaborate on this a bit more thoroughly, but the simple truth is, I don't need to. If you celebrate christmas, do it right. Don't just kiss a dead guy's feet, give your family a hug, and be thankful for what really matters, for the people that you love, and that love you the most.

Merry late Christmas everyone, and have a happy new year

~Naithan

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