Many people I know celebrate Christmas without religion. However, I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to Christianity to celebrate a holiday meant to honor a man without actually honoring the man.
Most of you know how I feel about Christmas, or as I prefer to say “Capitalmas”. I don’t celebrate because I’m not Christian. However, I find many people who “aren’t religious” who still “celebrate”. That is, they take the worst part of the day — the greed — and participate in the consumerism of it all. Oh, you can say “I’m only doing handmade gifts this year” but the outcome is still the same: you’re participating in a religion you don’t believe in. Why? Cultural conformity is the only answer I can come up with.
Let me I ask you this question: Why don’t you participate in Hanukkah? Or Ramadan? You don’t have to be religious to celebrate those religious holidays. There’s Vesak, and Rama Navami birthdays of two important religious men. Why not giving gifts to others on their birthdays with the disclaimer that you “aren’t religious”? Is it because those religions are so far removed from the “American” identity that you feel to co-opt those religions is morally, ethically, and religiously wrong? If that’s the case, why is it ok to co-opt and exploit Christmas for those who “aren’t religious”?
This post is a lot more in your face than I wanted it to be. Sorry for that. Really, I do not mean to put you on the defensive. Rather, I’m really curious why it’s ok to not be religious and still celebrate Christmas but not any of the other major religions and their holidays. And yes, I deliberately left my own religion out of the discussion because it’s not a major world religion.