Ah the joys of Christmas. The lights, presents, food, and festive laughter that abounds, but what about the poor wretched unbelievers? The agnostic or atheist sitting alone in their dark den, smoking a cigar in their rocking chair by the fire, reading a book about how everything means nothing, and we’re all doomed in the end, wallowing in their misery and the despair of their own hopelessness, forever alone and void of joy and laughter.
Ok, maybe that’s a bit overdramatized, but probably not all that far from how many see us, especially around the holidays. So what is Christmas like inside the home of an unbeliever? Well, obviously I can’t speak for the rest of them, but I’d be happy to give you a glimpse inside of mine. For starters, like most of you, it’s extremely stressful leading up to the actual day, buying gifts that I really can’t afford for people I love (and some not so much), all the decorating and sending cards, trying to align the special day so that it fits everyone’s extremely hectic schedule. However, once the last card is sent off, and the last present bought and wrapped, it’s a calm and peaceful feeling. I enjoy the laughter, the togetherness of family, the wonderful food and candies, the gifts…. what’s not to love??? It truly is a wonderful time of year!
What’s that? This seems a little hypocritical to you? How can an agnostic who doesn’t believe in God or the virgin birth of his son who was sent to die for all humanity so that they may be saved from a fiery hell, celebrate that day along with all the believers?
That’s the joy of being an agnostic. I don’t have to worry about being labeled a hypocrite. Sure, some may give me that title, but it matters little to me. As long as I remain true to myself, nothing else really matters. Christmas has always been a joyous time of the year for me, and nothing will ever take that away from me.
To be honest, I don’t see much difference in your Christmas and mine. We do all the same things, and celebrate the same things. Jesus seems to be mentioned about as much in your Christmas as he is in mine, very little. We simply enjoy that one time of year when all the family tries its best to put aside all those petty differences and come together to share a day of laughter and fun. I kind of wish every day could be a little more like Christmas, and that’s coming from an agnostic, who is leaning ever closer to atheism. Merry Christmas everyone!!!