Fred’s Annual Ricochet Community Christmas Waiver

 

shutterstock_161433128I’ve written and posted this the last couple of years. I’m posting it again this year because we have new friends joining our happy community all the time.

For those few of you who do not know, I am an atheist. But, fun fact: I still celebrate Christmas.

I put up a tree, I decorate, I go to parties, I give and receive gifts (contact me for my mailing address), I listen to Christmas music, I wear a Santa hat sometimes, I even put up a small nativity on my mantle. Nor am I the only atheist who does this. Both Vladimir Lenin and Ayn Rand celebrated Christmas.

This time of year, people make frequent use of the obnoxious euphemism “Holiday.” They talk about “Holiday decorations,” “Holiday cookies,” “Holiday shopping” and even (absurdly) “Holiday trees.”

People get weird about wishing others “Happy Holidays,” when we all know they’re tip-toeing around naming Christmas. Those well-meaning people are concerned about offending the 15% of the American public who are atheists or agnostics, and the 4% who celebrate non-Christian religions.

Well, plenty of atheists celebrate Christmas. If you live in America, it’s kind of hard not to.

In the spirit of Christmas — and with the full recognition that Christmas means different things to different people — I hereby issue the following waiver:

You don’t need to use the word “Holiday” in place of “Christmas” for my benefit. I won’t be offended if you wish me a “Merry Christmas.” I like Christmas. Please use the word ‘Christmas’ around me.

Please note: I don’t speak for every atheist, as I am an individualist, not a communitarian; likewise, please don’t think those who do presume to speak for every atheist speak for me. This waiver is about me personally. Getting upset or offended because your fellow citizens use the word “Christmas” is stupid.  Find something else to get worked up about.

Any other non-believers who wish to self identify publicly and sign on to this waive are welcome and invited to do so.

Please also note: The spirit and tone of this waiver is genuine. It is meant to build brotherhood and understanding among us as a community. It is not meant to be sarcastic or snotty. The real people I have a problem with are not people who celebrate Christmas, but rather those jackasses who get worked up at the very mention of Christmas.

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  1. user_3206 Inactive
    user_3206
    @BruceHendricksen

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. EThompson Inactive
    EThompson
    @EThompson

    You don’t need to use the word ‘holiday’ in place of ‘Christmas’ for my benefit. I won’t be offended if you wish me a merry Christmas. 

    Whew! I’m so relieved.

    • #2
  3. user_138562 Moderator
    user_138562
    @RandyWeivoda

    Fred Cole:

    People get weird about wishing people “Happy Holidays,” when we all know the very specific holiday they’re tip-toeing around naming: Christmas.

    Happy Holidays, Fred.  By that I mean Happy Independence Day (Barbados) and Happy National Heroes Day (Philippines).  Or if you don’t read this until tomorrow, Happy National Pie Day (U.S.).

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  4. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    @Midge

    Fred Cole:…I even put up a small nativity on my mantle.

    Is it an heirloom?

    • #4
  5. MJBubba Inactive
    MJBubba
    @MJBubba

    Merry Christmas, Fred.

    • #5
  6. user_82762 Inactive
    user_82762
    @JamesGawron

    Fred,

    The problem with communism: You can’t make a profit.

    The problem with Atheism: No Holidays.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #6
  7. Pencilvania Inactive
    Pencilvania
    @Pencilvania

    Holly, jolly Christmas, Fred!  That’s a happy post for the Yuletide season.

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  8. rico Inactive
    rico
    @rico

    Though I oftentimes quarrel with Fred,

    there’s logic in what I just read.

    A true non-believer

    should not get a fever

    because of a word someone said.

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  9. Herbert Woodbery Member
    Herbert Woodbery
    @Herbert

    Getting upset or offended because your fellow citizens use the word ‘Christmas’ is stupid. Find something else to get worked up about.

    And of course the same remonition would apply to those who get offended by “happy holidays”.

    Merry Xmas Fred

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  10. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Kikyo-pawKikyo, Ray, and RushBabe (who is Jewish) say,

    “Meowy Christmas!”

    • #10
  11. EThompson Inactive
    EThompson
    @EThompson

    rico:Though I oftentimes quarrel with Fred,

    there’s logic in what I just read.

    A true non-believer

    should not get a fever

    because of a word someone said.

    I’m oftentimes annoyed with Fred

    and the uninformed things that he said.

    He seems to harbor no hope

    Yet I know how to cope

    With the free market he truly dreads.

    • #11
  12. PsychLynne Inactive
    PsychLynne
    @PsychLynne

    James Gawron:Fred,

    The problem with communism: You can’t make a profit.

    The problem with Atheism: No Holidays.

    Regards,

    Jim

    They don’t have no songs eithier….see here.

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  13. user_82762 Inactive
    user_82762
    @JamesGawron

    PsychLynne,

    You are so right.

    Fred, this one is for you.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #13
  14. user_158368 Inactive
    user_158368
    @PaulErickson

    Fred, thank you  for your good will and good wishes.  Actually, though, as a Christian I’m fine with “Happy Holidays.”  I’ll nit pick here a bit: as an atheist, you are not really “celebrating Christmas.”  I think what you’re celebrating is this season, which has sort of become a warm fuzzy blur from Thanksgiving through Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Auld Lang Syne.  And that’s fine, but it’s not Christmas.

    So I’m OK if you say Merry Christmas to me, but understand why I may respond with a “Happy Holidays.”

    • #14
  15. user_44643 Inactive
    user_44643
    @MikeLaRoche

    Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!

    • #15
  16. rico Inactive
    rico
    @rico

    EThompson:

    rico:Though I oftentimes quarrel with Fred,

    there’s logic in what I just read.

    A true non-believer

    should not get a fever

    because of a word someone said.

    I’m oftentimes annoyed with Fred

    and the uninformed things that he said.

    He seems to harbor no hope

    Yet I know how to cope

    With the free market he truly dreads.

    “Free market” I say with a sigh.

    Alas, we don’t have one, I cry.

    I share ET’s hope

    that we don’t get a dope

    in ’16. I’m thinking, “This guy:”

    bobby_jindal-grin-150x150

    • #16
  17. EThompson Inactive
    EThompson
    @EThompson

    rico:

    EThompson:

    rico:Though I oftentimes quarrel with Fred,

    there’s logic in what I just read.

    A true non-believer

    should not get a fever

    because of a word someone said.

    I’m oftentimes annoyed with Fred

    and the uninformed things that he said.

    He seems to harbor no hope

    Yet I know how to cope

    With the free market he truly dreads.

    “Free market” I say with a sigh.

    Alas, we don’t have one, I cry.

    I share ET’s hope

    that we don’t get a dope

    in ’16. I’m thinking, “This guy:”

    bobby_jindal-grin-150x150

    I’m glad we agree

    About good pedigree

    But the one who earned bucks

    Is my *def* of deluxe

    And that is Mitt Romneee …

    • #17
  18. user_44643 Inactive
    user_44643
    @MikeLaRoche

    There once was a guv’ner named Rick,

    who some called a country hick.

    But a budget he balanced,

    and surpluses amounted,

    and that just makes Democrats sick!

    • #18
  19. rico Inactive
    rico
    @rico

    EThompson:

    rico:

    EThompson:

    rico:Though I oftentimes quarrel with Fred,

    there’s logic in what I just read.

    A true non-believer

    should not get a fever

    because of a word someone said.

    I’m oftentimes annoyed with Fred

    and the uninformed things that he said.

    He seems to harbor no hope

    Yet I know how to cope

    With the free market he truly dreads.

    “Free market” I say with a sigh.

    Alas, we don’t have one, I cry.

    I share ET’s hope

    that we don’t get a dope

    in ’16. I’m thinking, “This guy:”

    bobby_jindal-grin-150x150

    I’m glad we agree

    About good pedigree

    But the one who earned bucks

    Is my *def* of deluxe

    And that is Mitt Romneee …

    The R list of nominees towers

    while the donk’s lonely ‘Hillary’ sours.

    Considering our clout

    we could help the Dems out

    by letting them have one of ours.

    • #19
  20. EThompson Inactive
    EThompson
    @EThompson

    rico:

    EThompson:

    rico:

    EThompson:

    rico:Though I oftentimes quarrel with Fred,

    there’s logic in what I just read.

    A true non-believer

    should not get a fever

    because of a word someone said.

    I’m oftentimes annoyed with Fred

    and the uninformed things that he said.

    He seems to harbor no hope

    Yet I know how to cope

    With the free market he truly dreads.

    “Free market” I say with a sigh.

    Alas, we don’t have one, I cry.

    I share ET’s hope

    that we don’t get a dope

    in ’16. I’m thinking, “This guy:”

    bobby_jindal-grin-150x150

    I’m glad we agree

    About good pedigree

    But the one who earned bucks

    Is my *def* of deluxe

    And that is Mitt Romneee …

    The R list of nominees towers

    while the donk’s lonely ‘Hillary’ sours.

    Considering our clout

    we could help the Dems out

    by letting them have one of ours.

    I hear what you say

    But it can’t help U.S.A.

    If we promote a lightweight

    Who’s not carried the freight

    To save us from our sorry *blay.*

    • #20
  21. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    RushBabe49:

    Kikyo-pawKikyo, Ray, and RushBabe (who is Jewish) say,

    “Meowy Christmas!”

    I assume the cat is wearing his Yarmulke . . .

    • #21
  22. The King Prawn Inactive
    The King Prawn
    @TheKingPrawn

    When we met you were sporting a beard and you laughed and smiled a lot. You’re my nomination for Santa at any Ricochet Christmas gatherings.

    • #22
  23. user_1030767 Inactive
    user_1030767
    @TheQuestion

    That we have a holiday tradition that stretches so far across time, space and culture is a treasure.  I used to be a bit, not too much really, of a religious snob in turning my nose up to the secular side of Christmas (e.g. “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”), but I reflected that God created the secular world too.

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  24. Nanda Panjandrum Member
    Nanda Panjandrum
    @

    Merry (upcoming) Christmas, Fred!  Fruitful and blessed Advent to those observing!

    • #24
  25. Larry3435 Member
    Larry3435
    @Larry3435

    Merry Christmas, Fred!  And, to any who might prefer it, Merry, Happy and/or Joyous Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, and/or other Winter Solstice holiday, real or invented, of your choice(s).

    And to any really die hard atheists who might be reading this, Happy Season of Grumpiness and Complaining.

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  26. Tom Meyer Contributor
    Tom Meyer
    @tommeyer

    Fred Cole: You don’t need to use the word “Holiday” in place of “Christmas” for my benefit. I won’t be offended if you wish me a “Merry Christmas.” I like Christmas. Please use the word ‘Christmas’ around me.

    Relatedly, everyone needs to drop “B.C.E.” and “C.E.,” which must be one of the most irritating and unsuccessful attempts at being PC in history.

    • #26
  27. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    I don’t know. Isn’t an atheist celebrating Christmas an act of micro aggressive cultural appropriation? Looks like someone is trolling for presents. All of the fun, but none of the responsibility that comes with belief.

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  28. Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. Coolidge
    Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr.
    @BartholomewXerxesOgilvieJr

    I hereby heartily sign on. Indeed, I’m tempted to have cards printed up that I can hand out to people.

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  29. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    Tom Meyer, Ed.:

    Fred Cole: You don’t need to use the word “Holiday” in place of “Christmas” for my benefit. I won’t be offended if you wish me a “Merry Christmas.” I like Christmas. Please use the word ‘Christmas’ around me.

    Relatedly, everyone needs to drop “B.C.E.” and “C.E.,” which must be one of the most irritating and unsuccessful attempts at being PC in history.

    Thank you. That’s been one of the most annoying pieces of PC claptrap I’ve seen. It’s still around, too. It’s like eczema: really irritating and hard to get rid of.

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  30. Son of Spengler Contributor
    Son of Spengler
    @SonofSpengler

    Tom Meyer, Ed.:

    Fred Cole: You don’t need to use the word “Holiday” in place of “Christmas” for my benefit. I won’t be offended if you wish me a “Merry Christmas.” I like Christmas. Please use the word ‘Christmas’ around me.

    Relatedly, everyone needs to drop “B.C.E.” and “C.E.,” which must be one of the most irritating and unsuccessful attempts at being PC in history.

    I don’t take offense when others use “BC” and “AD”, but I refuse to use them myself. Words mean things, and Jesus is not my “Christ” nor my “Domini”.

    Also — perhaps paradoxically — I find it more annoying when people wish me “Happy Holidays” than “Merry Christmas”. Only close friends think to wish me well on my major holidays — Rosh HaShannah, Passover, etc. When people wish me a happy holiday at this time of year, it’s because they are thinking of their own holiday: Christmas. So just be honest and wish me Merry Christmas! “Happy Holidays” is a false inclusivity. (Warning: As far as I can tell, I’m in a very small minority in thinking this way.)

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