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    Posted December 13, 2011 by
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    A holiday season without religion?

    Traditions Old and New

    My wife and I were raised in households where we had traditional Christian-based Christmas traditions, but we both identify now as secular humanists. We have fond memories of singing carols, participating in nativity pageants, and having the warm family experience of waking up Christmas morning to gifts lovingly wrapped under a decorated evergreen.

    Giving our daughters many of those same memories was an easy decision, but knowing that many Christmas traditions were borrowed from secular or pagan celebrations made it that much easier. And to make sure that the holiday is consistent with our own beliefs in the natural world, we host a Winter Solstice party.

    Ancient cultures celebrated the shortest day of the year by gathering together with feasts, decorations, singing, and gifts... just what we all need in the winter. So, we honor that tradition by inviting family and friends for a party at our house.

    And yes, we also encourage the story of Santa, which will eventually be a great lesson in critical thinking.
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