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    Posted December 25, 2011 by
    Reno, Nevada
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    A holiday season without religion?

    Winter Deserves a Celebration

    For years I've celebrated my own version of Christmas, one with a bit of flair from Winter Solstice and a kick from a few other winter holidays. I love the traditions, the sense of love and caring-which unlike many, I don't limit to one time of year. I try to put caring for my fellow humans, caring for the world, into my daily life as well.

    I see no reason why I should neglect to celebrate a winter holiday that people have celebrated for thousands of years, just because one of the religions out there has decided they should steal it from the people that came before them and pretend their "savior" was born on that day in order to corrupt it and force people to celebrate it in his honor. Just because they've changed the name doesn't mean the origins of the holiday have altered. Saturnalia was Christmas long before any sort of Christ was born, and there was likely another similar holiday before that.

    Humans crave a winter holiday. This time of the year can make people feel so lonely and alone, that it's important to show we care, no matter what religion (or lack of religion) we follow. Instead of getting depressed and a case of the winter mopes, we celebrate with friends and family, the show of love and giving, nature and light in the darkness. Who doesn't think that's worthy of a holiday?!
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