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Atheists don't have to be "bah humbug" when it comes to Christmas,
This review is from: The Atheist's Guide to Christmas (Hardcover)
The happiness and joy of Christmas doesn't have to be restricted to people of certain religions. Christmas took over from other winter festivals, and incorporated elements from them, so it was never uniquely a Christian creation anyway - just a Christian take on existing festivals. Now we have an atheist take on it - all the fun, togetherness and joy of the celebration, without any religious focus. Fantastic!
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Initial post: 4 May 2010, 14:57:20 BST
Mr. C. Clarke says:
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2010, 14:48:11 BST
You're very closed minded if you believe that. A quick check of wiki (hardly irrefutible evidence but certainly an indicator) gives -
"Christmas is a holiday observed mostly on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar, or one of various ancient winter festivals."
There are many other references which point to pre-existing holidays/celebrations being subsumed into Christianity particularly by the Romans once it became their official dogma of choice...
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