Saturday, December 24, 2011

An Atheist's Christmas

As I write this blog, my wife is down backing, Christmas carols are playing and I am thinking that Christmas is a wonderful time of year, even for someone who doesn't believe in god.

People seem a bit more friendly and tolerant.

Buying gifts for friends and relatives.

Helping out charities who they normally forget the rest of the year. It seems this season brings out the best in everyone, well almost everyone.

We need to remember that the season is about people being good to one another. Being thankful for what we have and the people in our lives that bring it joy and meaning.

In the spirit of charity and giving, you would hope that tolerance would be among the virtues that people would practice this time of year. But unfortunately, this is also the recruiting season for a lot of churches. It does take a lot of money to keep the lights lit in those large houses of worship.

What if instead of filling those collection plates for the church, it all gets donated to the poor in this country? Just a thought, in the spirit of giving.

Being a good person is not a religious attribute, it is a human one. One that we all should try to be.

So whether you believe in god, are Jewish, Christian, Agnostic or Atheist, the important think to remember is to be good to one another, not just at the end of December, but the entire year.

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