I admit it, Christmas is a big thing in our family. I loved it as a kid, I still love it today. Delicious cookies, candles, lights, time for the family and traditional “Gemütlichkeit” – what is not to love about this?
But if you’ve ever been on social media around the winter holidays, you know all about the so called “war on christmas” and that only Jesus is the “reason for the season”.
So, we don’t belive in God, Jesus, the virgin birth and all that goes with it – why do we celebrate?
To me, Christmas and Advent are a time for slowing down. It gets dark so early, I love sitting down around our dinner table and play board games, drink some spiced apple juice and enjoy eachothers company
Focusing on the Family
My focus around christmas always goes to family and friends. We make the time to visit friends and spend time together. Singing together, sharing home made cookies – there is nothing inherently christian about this.Sharing food, light and warmth at the darkest time of the year predates christianity by a few millennia
It was a pagan holiday first.
It has been discussed so many times, I don’t think I even have to say it anymore. Most of our “Christmas”-traditions have been around longer than the church. People have always marked the solstices by celebrating!
“God” can’t punish me for it
Why should we NOT celebrate? No one will punish us for our blasphemic behaviour because the existence of god is so unlikely that it can be dismissed without further thought.
Why should we miss out on all of the beautiful fun and silliness
Kissing under the mistletoe? Eating good food with friends? Hanging up lights? Putting up a tree? An advent calendar? Presents? Music? Silly sweaters? Crafts and holiday cards? We can have is so much fun without the religious part of that holiday. Presents? Music? Silly sweaters? Crafts and holiday cards? We can have is so much fun without the religious part of that holiday. Click To Tweet
Christmas songs are a great goodness
I even watch the Country christmas special.
Giving and receiving gifts is a lot of fun
I love home made crafts from the kids. I enjoy my husbands thoughtful gifts. I delight in finding the perfect craft, the best decoration, wrapping presents, and bringing joy to other people
It is part of our cultural heritage
Austria is a very catholic country. Christmas is basically unavoidable here. Even if we locked our kids up for the month of devember, we then would have to shut out the electronic part of the world, too. Every Computergame, every app will have a holiday special. Every movie, every TV show has a holiday episode. I do not want to keep my kids from that big a part of our culture.
Upholding traditions from our childhood
My kids may not get to sing in church at night (a tradition my mom and I had for many years), but there are many things that connect them to their grand parents and even thir great-grand parents. We eat fried fish and potato salad on christmas eve (austrian tradition), as their dad has done with his parents when he was young. His parents both did that as kids with their parents, too – so our three little monsters are connected to their ancestors.
The moment the kids see the tree
And this, most of all, is always worth all the efford. Dad takes the kids out to an indoor playground on december 24th and I get the day to decorate the tree, and make food. When they come back, the door to the living room is closed and will only open after dinner. So we eat dinner (the aforementioned fish and potato salad) fairly early. I go in and light the tree (real candles only on christmas eve – I dont want to light them later, when the tree is dryer) and ring a little bell. When they come in, their eyes are shining.
This is why I do it all. Those shining eyes, and I get four sets of them! And yes, I’m counting my husband here 🙂
So we will continue to celebrate christmas.And enjoy it. And Stop apologizing for it.
How about you? Do you celebrate christmas, even if it isn’t part of your religion?