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Atheism vs Christmas


Hi! I’m an atheist, but I still fucking love Christmas, for the most part, and it amazes me the amount of people that seem to think that’s some sort of paradox. It’s a holiday! Anyone can enjoy it! I love the lights, I love the presents, just… festivities, and I like the songs – well, hmm, the songs… The songs are interesting. Half of them I absolutely love. All I want for Christmas is my jam. But given that I’m not really on board with the whole religion thing, the other half just kind of seem a bit weird to me. Away In A Manger… “No crib for a bed, little lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.” You know what? If it was that easy to get him to go to sleep, he WAS a fucking miracle baby. “Joy to the world, the lord has come”? I’m joyous enough on my own, thanks! Silent night. “Holy infant, so tender and mild”?! Calm down, Hannibal Lecter! But the thing is, because Christmas is so nostalgic, I was raised in a Christian house; I was Christian-raised, and so I find it very difficult to separate, like… all this religion… all the christiany stuff… it’s all in there with the nostalgia, and so I feel very conflicted. Half of me wants to start belting out Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and the other half of me’s going “alright, calm the fuck down. The only angel I’m interested in is Castiel from Supernatural.” It’s weird to me because I see a lot of Christians seem to get very possessive over their Christmas. I remember being little and being taught that like it was awful that Christmas is being so commercialised, and it’s.. it’s REALLY ABOUT CHRIST, and, like… I saw a poster on Facebook the other day by a Christian friend, that was like, “IT’S NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS, IT’S MERRY CHRISTMAS, SHARE IF YOU AGREE!” and I’m just like… If someone says to you in good spirits, happy holidays or happy hannukah, or merry fucking yule, as a Christian, are you really going to throw that back at them with “it’s christmas, you wanker!” just.. because.. like.. NO! No, no, don’t do that! Firstly… it’s not your holiday anyway. Jesus wasn’t born in December! No! Just… history! *sigh* Secondly… don’t bitch about there being a more inclusive way to wish everyone nice celebrations, than one that just is for you. *sad and frustrated noise* Be nice! Enjoy it! It’s supposed to be a time of love, more than anything else, I think. I think that’s the unifying factor, not to be cheesy. Erm, but yeah. Be happy, appreciate people, and be safe. Merry Christmas. So yeah, this was a, um, odd and slightly swearier ramble than usual, but thank you so much for watching. Please consider subscribing as a Christmas present to me if you would like to see more of me in the future, and yeah. See you next time. Wanted to do a video about atheism and christmas but all I really did was slag off some carols…

Jean Kelley

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Catherine Manley Posted on December 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I love this, I agree totally especially as I also have had a christian upbringing and am now an atheist😁 great video, happy holidays🎄🎅

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  2. Michael Noker Posted on December 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I'm a Buddhist, kind of, and I don't personally enjoy Christmas (it's cold…), but I love that everybody's excited and in a giving mood and thinking about others, so it's lovely. Also, fuck yeah Supernatural reference!

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  3. Doris Christine Posted on December 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    IT'S CHRISTMAS YOU WANKERS. same.

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  4. Evilwuflers Posted on December 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Wow. You give in to the consumerist crap that is Christmas and use the whole "ooo it's a holiday everyone can enjoy" bullshit. Well listen to me you lil punk, I know you work for the government using a small time youtube channel to promote your evil capitalist ideals. WELL IM NOT FALLING FOR IT. LISTEN TO MY WARNING, THE GOVERNMENT CAN SEE, ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THIS COMMENT IS REMOVED!!!11!!!! DONT GIVE IN THE COMSUMERISM, ACCEPT LENIN INTO YOUR HEARTS AND ENJOY THE FREE WORLD. LONG LIVE THE FREE WORLD, LONG LIVE THE HOLLOW EARTH, LONG LIVE ANTI-CHRISTMAS.

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  5. Matt Caudel Posted on December 10, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    What about PAGAN CHRISTMAS AAHHHHHI may have watched tooo much Vikings…hehe

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  6. Rosie Fellows Posted on December 10, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Haha, yeah I agree, it's about the joy and relationships at the end of the day. I don't think holidays are the time to be pedantic and trivial, or even if its not trivial, probably not the best time to be argumentative. I also don't like when churchy people are all, "lets remember what christmas is really about", like cool if that does something for you do your thing, but I'm not going to force myself to think about something because it supposedly makes me a better person? As if it makes you a more holy person to play the holier person? Get a grip.
    Yeah lots of things about the church culture bother me

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  7. Wisperwynd Posted on December 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Is it weird that I still like going to church that one time in the year even though I'm 100% an atheist (or probably a bit agnostic, a non-believer but a how-the-fuck-could-literally-anyone-know-what's-out-there-er)? It's just tradition, you get to see half the village that once and wish everyone merry christmas. People shouldn't get angry at others for stuff like that, it's all about positive spirit and spreading the love and stuff.

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  8. Mary K Posted on December 11, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Today on the way to the store my mom and I saw a car with "It's Merry Christmas NOT Happy Holidays!!" painted on the back windshield and we were just so bewildered. We're Catholic and both agree that that's such a rude and disrespectful thing to say! (Not to mention it's being a bad Christian because the main message was to LOVE EVERYONE THE SAME WHY IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND) It is happy holidays because you should include EVERYONE not just feel like you're entitled to OWNING DECEMBER! We do live in the American south though so that explains a bit… so many assholes live here its unbearable sometimes.

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  9. Amber Pants Posted on December 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I'm Wiccan, so is my mum yet we have always put up a tree, put decorations on it and celebrated Yule on Christmas day (we are meant to on the 21st but mums always had to work) My Nana is catholic, i went to a catholic school so i know a lot of these people that get annoyed with me saying Yule's blessings to them and have often gone ape shit at me about it. Some have even told me to "stop stealing there holiday" to which i have always had to bite my tong and not scream at them about yule being around a lot longer the Christmas and that their religion took my holiday change the meaning a bit and moved it forward a few days…. so thanks for this rant, kinda inspired me to do one myself

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  10. ngrt Posted on December 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

    As a swedish person who's grown up in a country who absolutely adores Christmas, but is also mostly made up by atheists, I will say that celebrating Christmas without baby Jesus is fully possible. We just focus on Santa and Lucia instead.

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  11. Sazza Skazala Posted on December 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    As an atheist myself I completely get this… That being said, I fucking love christmas carols even if they're about Jesus hahaha just love singing and carols are part of the Christmas tradition

    Merry Christmas from Canada, you guys! 😀 <3

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  12. Solfiia Posted on December 12, 2015 at 2:17 am

    It's interesting that I never once in my life, until a little over a year ago, related Christmas with religion, I mean, when I was a kid it was all about Santa and gifts, then it was about family and "I'm 12, I know Santa isn't real, just give me cool gifts", and now I really just can't stand Christmas because I relate it too much to family and that is not a good thing atm.
    And I mean, I grew up in a time where Santa represented Christmas, and the old fat man with a beard was created by Coca-Cola, so it has been a long time since people relate X-mas to Christianity…

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  13. нефть матушка Posted on December 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

    im an atheist and ive never celebrated christmas in my life. it was never a big thing in my country and honestly as a child i never even knew the date or what exactly christmas was about. no christmas carols, no angels, no jesus… but that was because i was brought up in an atheist family/environment. if your family is christian then i guess, of course, you'd want to hold on to the tradition even if you don't believe in god.
    after all celebrating a certain holiday is a choice ^_^ holidays are about nice things and not bitterness like "it's merry Christmas not happy holidays" ugh

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  14. John Brannon Posted on December 13, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Everyone is born a non-believer, born without the belief of a god. Belief of a creator comes later after your family and community has had a chance to indoctrinate you into whatever religious tradition you have the misfortune of being brought up in.

    Did you know, I can more times than not, accurately predict your religion based on your geographical location that you were brought up in?

    Religion…nothing more than a indoctrinated myth…a myth that has zilch, nada, zero, not one shred of tangible evidence to support it.

    Modern man is 200,000 years old, yet deity based religion appeared only about 2000 years ago. Why? Because it wasnt until man garnered the communication skills, and the intellect to ask the proverbial question of all time, "Why are we here?". Without the science and knowledge of the cosmos we have today, through attrition, they only understood one answer…creation. They then deemed there must be a creator, and poof…god was "born".

    This belief system went uncontested for thousands of years…thousands of years of parents indoctrinating children into this belief of a god. This is why this belief system is so entrenched in our society.

    Now, specifically within the last 100 years, we have a wealth of knowledge of the cosmos, and the earth, and their beginnings.

    We now know the earth is 4.5 billion years old. We now know life is some 3 billion years old, and all the life on the planet, past and present, evolved over this time. We also now know how the universe began, and that there are a minimum of 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

    Creation is on the fast track of being out. Just like 600 years ago, every educated person on the planet thought the earth was the center of the universe, and everything revolved around it. Equally, hundreds of years from now, humanity will look back and laugh that some people believed an invisible magician who lives in the sky made everything from nothing with a nod of his head.

    I simply choose the overwhelming and abundant scientific evidence that outweighs the (zero) evidence, that a magical man who lives in the sky who "made" everything.

    We no longer need a god to justify our existence…science explains it all.

    It is obvious…god(s) did not create man, rather god(s) were created by man.

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  15. JeniferGamelli Posted on December 14, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I get this all the time. I work at a retail store and often times, when someone says Merry Christmas I'll respond with Happy holidays. And I get the dirtiest looks and one time someone said to me "will they not let you say Merry Christmas at work??" I was like no. Im pagan and celebrate yule, though if I said Merry Yule to anyone Im likely to get told off with more disrespect then if I say happy holidays.

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  16. Houseless Not Homeless Vanlife Vlogs Posted on December 14, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Have a good Christmas

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  17. JessaJay Posted on January 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    You know: it's fine if you are an atheist but you don't have to put down all of the things that Christians do believe. There's no need to do that.

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  18. emzini Posted on January 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I completely fucking agree. Omg the Hannibal Lector comment killed me hahaha

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  19. Jupiter-8 Posted on January 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    You have great spirit.

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  20. danie Posted on February 2, 2016 at 9:37 am

    i'm four weeks late but who cares! i soooo know what you mean, and as far as i'm concerned, i think christmas began as a pagan holiday??? and most of the time when i hear those saying "christmas is a christian holiday, and about jesus" (and i say this as a person who lived in the bible belt in america), those are the people who care most about the presents rather than anything else. they also cared about the whole starbucks changing their cups which was incredibly inept. anyways, i apologize for my mini rant! 😀

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  21. Greta Solsaa Posted on February 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I saw a bumper sticker that said 'keep the Christ in Christmas' and I laughed. I am growing up in a mostly atheist household but I still love Christmas

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  22. Sam Hindman Posted on March 30, 2016 at 12:36 am

    You had me at Castel TBH <3

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