It turns out Jesus' reverse-engineered birthday is
exactly the same day as Mithras! What a coincidence!
But it's deeper than that. Last Christmas the wounds of religion were still so raw that I didn't quite know what to do with the holiday. I kind of shied away from it. Well, no more.
This year I am embracing Christmas - even with a small nod to little Jesus in a manger (as nothing more than a myth, of course). The whole story is no more true to me than that of Mithras or Osiris. But it's a nice story. A kind of side note that is nothing to get too worked up about during this time of healthy reverie. After all, it's not even close to being the reason for the season.
Yes, I'm celebrating everything about Christmas that isn't even Christian - of pagan origin - which means it's hardly even considered religious at all by most people these days. You know, most of Christmas! The vast majority of what's recognizable as Christmas.
So I'm a Happy Atheist who's thrilled to celebrate Christmas like 99% of the people I know - a wonderful winter festival of lights, food, music, presents, family and friends. It's December in Montreal - we need this.
That said, let me take this opportunity, on behalf of me and my family, to wish you all a Merry Christmas, or Happy Yule, or Happy Solstice, or Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa, or Festivus, or Saturnalia, or whatever it is you do to mark the Time of the Great Tilting!
And Have a Happy New Year!
My Gift To You All!