Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Christmas.

As you are probably aware this is not my favourite time of the year for two reasons. 1, it's winter. 2, it's Christmas. Now this may sound somewhat "bah,humbug", which to an extent I suppose it is, but the reality is, that it's for kids and christians. I don't have any kids (luckily), and I'm an atheist,ergo, I don't have a lot of interest in it. For sure I used to go out on the piss most nights over christmas in my youth, but that was another excuse for over-indulgence!

This christmas day we shall once again go to my 'sister's' house for lunch. It is an enjoyable afternoon and Dad enjoys not having to cook. We supply the wine, they do the rest! A quiz usually follows, then Dad and I return home and sleep off the food and drink! Once New Year is over with normality will be restored!

But, as is my nature, I hope you have the following.

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

25 comments:

Dumdad said...

I'm a bit "bah, humbug" too. I'm an atheist as well but I do have children. And they love Christmas because there are presents and chocolate Father Christmases and stuff like that. So I try to get into the spirit.

You brought back memories for me when you said you used to go out on the piss over Christmas. I loved those nights in pubs packed to bursting and people in silly hats and everyone kissing everyone else.

We have our memories, john.g!!!!!

john.g. said...

Dumdad, are we related?

Kila said...

Hope you have an enjoyable gathering with the family. Here's to good food and drink.

The normalcy in January will be welcomed.

john.g. said...

Kila,xxx!

El said...

I'm more or less an atheist as well, but as I do have a kid, I'm doing it all for her...because she's worth it! Have a happy whatever and I hope you enjoy your time with the family.

Molly said...

This Methodist wishes you the best holiday ever, and thanks you for your warm wishes.

john.g. said...

Thanks El, whoever you are!

john.g. said...

Molly, you are most welcome, and thank-you!

Keith said...

To be an atheist means that you don't believe in any form of religion, and to be an agnostic means that you just don't know, but probably go to church "just in case".

Then there are the Pagans, or Wiccans, call them what you will.

Contrary to what you may have been told, pagans are people who share a common belief in the sanctity of life. They don't sacrifice living things for any reason. They do not worship the Christian Satan, nor do they revere any similar Christian figure; most do not even recognise the existence of God. They do not cast spells to cause evil to befall others. They believe that causing evil will bring evil back to the one that causes it. Their religion is based on nature, and is founded on the belief that the whole world is interrelated, that everyone is responsible for their own actions, and that peace, love and tolerance for everyone should be encouraged everywhere. And yes, I'm one of them.

We celebrate the return of the sun at the Winter Solstice on the 21st. Christmas? Humbug! BUT to all you believers, I say "Merry Christmas" (and you're bloody well welcome to it. I want none of it!)

Sorry if I've offended anyone, I was just backing John G up! (Was that OK John G? Did I get it right?)

john.g. said...

What? I'm no pagan! I'm me.

John said...

It was the camp-followers of the Nazareen Carpenter who hi-jacked the pagans party on the 21st and moved it to the 25th. But they kept the tradition of decorating the halls with holly and mistletoe and hanging good luck tokens from a tree that they tore out of the ground and dragged into their mud huts.

Grumpy Keith said...

Oy! Me and John G do the jokes around here!

john.g. said...

Thanks John, and Merry Christmas!

John said...

Grumpy, I know where you live. Watch it, or I'll set the dogs on you and have you thrown out of your cottage!

john.g. said...

John, PLEASE!!

Z said...

Christians pinched the best bits of the older traditions. Jesus, whether or not a prophet or a teacher or a god, or God personified, whatever that means to you, was born at the end of September - if he existed. It's not as if it matters, it's just a time for appreciating what you have and letting your hair down.

I appreciate you, John. Have a lovely Christmastime.

xx

john.g. said...

Z, i don't have any hair! Woe is me!!

Z said...

What, none? Anywhere? Oh bum. You'll just have to eat and drink too much then.

john.g. said...

Z, still got a hairy ar...........!

Grumpy Keith said...

Jesus (why did he have a Roman name?), if he existed, was obviousy born in the Spring. If the shepherds were watching their flocks by night then obviously it was the lambing season. Lambs aren't born in the dead of Winter!

Just thought I would throw that in. . .

Z said...

Let down the short and curlies then, babe.

Going by the evidence of the star and so on in the Gospels, the date of the birth of Jesus was 29th September, I am given to understand. I don't think carols are theologically accurate on the whole, though I think sheep need watching all year round, because of wolves and stuff.

Sally said...

Happy Christmas anyway John......

© Karelian Blonde said...

I throw my relious view into this conversation, ie. I am a bit of a heathen, unbeliever, kuffar and a trout.

Merry x-mas John :)

#Debi said...

I'm Anglican, even though I'm Merkan :) and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, whichever one you choose to celebrate...

sablonneuse said...

Don't think there's much religious feeling for most people at Christmas - at least, not the people I know. I normally enjoy the festivities but worry that it can get out of hand expense wise. . . ..