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  •  Christmas is my favorite atheist holiday (12+ / 0-)

    because my family was so gosh-darned into the decorating part.  We had ornaments from decades past and I've inherited those which have stayed relatively whole throughout the years since my mother's passing.

    It's a family tradition for us, a time to gather after being apart for many parts of the year, expecting love and (as kids) lots of cool toys!  As an adult, I love the giving part more than it's easy to describe.  I'm quite fortunate to be in the position of watching our kids wake up with great expectations tomorrow morning and have them tear through the wrappings, running off for the stuffed stockings and just generally letting them set the pace for the morning.

    Religious implications?  If you want to include those in your Christmas day, that's fine by me.  We have a lovely victorian angel playing a trumpet on our house flag at this time of year.  It's pretty and serene for us - a form of simple joy in artistic expression (yeah, they don't make flags like that anymore) . . . whatever it means to you is fine with me.

    I savor these times because they won't always be like this in the dystopian future that our wealthy powerbrokers in and influencing government and major employers seek mightily to recreate.  Hope to hang on to what matters inside, so as to always remain at least a bit in touch with my humanity when push comes to shove during future, difficult times.

    For now, though . . . it's a tradition that nobody can take away or redefine for us.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:34:20 PM PST

    •  I really like that comment. (2+ / 0-)
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      tecampbell, wader

      If I had children,
      and more disposable income,
      that's what I'd do.

      As it is,
      I go out to eat,
      at a Chinese restaurant,
      with my new wife and her family.

      So glad you are wise enough
      to realize
      we are headed for a truly nasty
      dystopia.

      Read a few of my diaries,
      and see what I mean.

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