First, Christmas was not created by the christians; most religions and cultures worldwide have some sort of winter solstice festival.
OK, sure, i'll grant you that. But there are things specific to the Christmas festival that don't exist in the Yule festival (for example); and, as far as can be discerned by the average person who hasn't studied either history or esoteric religions, Christianity appears to have been invented by the Christians.
Not just that, but christians don't even have a monopoly on loving neighbours or judging them or any other tradition or rule that is based on mutual respect, compassion etc.
Sure ... but they are the only major religion that makes that concept a central philisophical tenet of their theology. Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, and Islam certainly don't.
Why wait for this "holiday season" to think about others? Why only look for presents on this day?
Fair enough. I'll happily buy people things and give them to them at all times of the year; but it's not reasonable to use that as an excuse for not celebrating the holiday devoted to that concept.
Just full of all kinds of expectations and political intrigues because so-and-so didn't send such-and-such a present (or card, or whatever).
Do people really care about this b******t? I get my friends presents because I love them, and can take the time to find them things; they get me presents for the same reason. I don't expect them to do so, and neither do they expect it of me --- hell, one year I did zero Christmas shopping, and nobody complained.
Why wait for this Christmas crap?
Why are you hostile to Christmas? I can imagine not caring, but your tone is one of active dislike; is it the hypocrisy you're responding to? If so ... I see it less as hypocrisy but failure; Christmas is when people actively try harder to live up to the ideals they have set for themselves but usually can't live up to. It's a beautiful struggle to make themselves better rather than a reprehensible abandonment of their core beliefs.
therefore it's an opportunity to renew friendships and strengthen family contacts
As far as I am concerned, the whole matter of religion, gods or other superstitions is totally trivial and with absolutely no bearing on my life
I think you are wrong, but you are certainly free to believe that, and I understand the perspective. Note that i wasn't trying to approach Christmas from an atheistic perspective, but from a religious non-Christian perspective; they're guaranteed to be different.
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