Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas time! A holiday, and holy day for many
Others faiths have different days, but atheists haven’t any
But certainly that doesn’t mean we cannot share the spirit
Someone calls “Merry Christmas!” I, for one, am glad to hear it.

For people, when they say this, aren’t “forcing their belief”
Or proselytizing, traumatizing, causing pain or grief
It’s just a greeting, woven in with larger, warmer feeling
Accept it! Smile! Return it! All the different faiths need healing.

The same with “Happy Hanukkah” or other well-meant greeting
I bounce them back as best I can, take pleasure at the meeting
I’d even answer back if I should hear “Happy Agnostica!”
(But I’ll decline and pass on celebrations with a swastika.)

The most important thing is: Let your soul be thus uplifted
By friends, and by your loved ones, for it’s by those we are gifted
To every island, every continent and every isthmus
I wish you all the best, and to you each a Merry Christmas!

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • Citizen Tom

    Good post!

    When a person of another faith practices their faith, I may disagree with their belief, but I celebrate their right to do so. And if the spirit of what they practice is based in love, then I too try to share their joy.

    If we are to achieve peace, then we must learn to forbear with real differences of opinion. Mere toleration will not work. We tolerate cold weather, hot weather, poverty, long commutes, things that have no moral character, but we must choose to forbear with the things that others do that stand in contrast with our own values.

    Because it involves no real choice, toleration takes no real effort. Forbearance, on the other hand, requires a choice. Because we must make a conscious effort to overcome our own insecurities, forbearance requires an act of will based in love.

    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

    Looking forward to your future posts.

  • The other day at I posted :

    I describe my religion as “math and physics older than I am” .

    I consider the quest for a quantitative understanding of , as an old
    Hindu friend would say “What is Happening?” , a religious pursuit which
    has many many messiahs over the centuries .
    To me , the greatest of the ancient theologians was Pythagoras : .

    In any case , Happy Winter Solstice approximations .