Yes, like it or not, that time of year is almost upon us again. Fox News will soon be rallying a call to arms to fight an imagined war on an imagined deity. And Christians that are unfamiliar with the word ‘Paganism’ will take to social media to vent their displeasure at the fear that nonbelievers may be enjoying a holiday that isn’t ‘theirs’. Delicious irony. Ho ho ho.
Personally, I love Christmas. For me, it’s a time to catch up with family. Great company, mixed with laughter, too much food and drink, terrible sweaters and worse socks. What’s not to like? I’ll pass on the sprouts however, thanks.
This got me wondering (see Oprah? See?). I’d very much like to hear what Christmas means to other nonbelievers with similar or completely different cultural backgrounds to me.
What do you do at Christmas? Do you hate it? Do you love it? Do you refuse to celebrate it? Are you forced to endure the religious convictions of your family? Do you insist on calling it Xmas? Has a recent loss of faith spoiled what was once a meaningful time of year for you? And why the hell didn’t Santa bring you that Megadrive you asked for when you were 7? You were really good that year. And you wrote him a nice letter. A nice letter specifically asking for the console complete with two controllers and a copy Streets Of Rage so that you could play with your best friend, Paul. Yet nothing! Nothing!
I want to hear as many varied viewpoints as possible, from as many countries as possible. So, throughout the coming weeks, I hope to reach out to a number of those who fill in the below form.
The intention is to take up two minutes of your time via Skype voice chat (free download/Also available on smartphones) to ask you to vocalise/expand on your answers given below.