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Would you atheists like to do away with the holidays (holy-days)?
Christmas is my favorite atheist holiday.
I don't think the fact that the etymological origins of words like "christmas" and "holiday" have their roots in Christianity detracts from my family (we're all atheists, including my 8 year old) having a lot of fun and enjoyment during the season. We exclude all the religious icons and music from our celebrations and embrace the mostly secular icons and symbols. I personally have an affinity for snowflakes and snowpersons. But we love the trees, ornaments, garland, sparkling lights, santa claus figures, holly, wreaths, etc.
The cold weather (it usually sets in right around this time here in Texas) combines with comfort foods like hot chocolate, wine, cheese, and colorful cookies to make an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. A tradition my little family participates in each Xmas eve is a trip to a local neighborhood to drive through and look at Christmas lights. We grab hot chocolate and minty-flavored coffee and make an hour-long pass through this neighborhood of lights (called Interlochen by locals) that can get quite busy. Most of the displays are secular, but some are clearly religious. My daughter (the 8 year old) usually makes comments like, "camels? What is christmas about camels and palm trees?"
There is a war on Christmas, but it's perpetrated by Christians. They're upset that people-other-than-Christian dare celebrate a holiday they perceive as their own in a way inconsistent with their superstitions. But I say it isn't a christian holiday, rather an atheist one!