We have a holiday for the Queen's birthday, I promise you the vast majority of people aren't giving a toss about the royal family as they enjoy a day off work doing whatever they do on that day, yet we all take advantage of it, including those who want Oz to be a republic, Christmas just has a whole heap of rituals around it like glowy trees, overloading on food/drink, presents etc. which keep retailers happy, with the focal point of being with others, specifically family. It's reported that people get lonely at Christmas more than any other time if they have no (contact with) family, that right there suggests a meaning more significant than religion.
Now compare with the below two maps. World religions:
And the importance of religion:
Seems most of the world get's a Christmas break, including non-Christian countries, and those who don't care much about their religion even if the main one is Christianity.
Firstly because it bugs me, Atheism is a lack of beliefs so "firm in your atheist beliefs" doesn't work understanding this point, although it may seem minor is very relevant because Atheist does not imply anti-theist therefore there is no need to be against anything such as Christianity.I'm wondering how an individual feels "okay" with this. If you are firm in your atheist beliefs, why not forgo any Christmas celebration? I can see going along with it for friends that are Christian. But putting up a tree, buying presents. I dunno. I've always been bewildered by people that celebrate to the hilt but do not respect the reason behind it.
Consider how you would feel if you were told by a Muslim that Allah was the one true God and your Christian beliefs were blasphemous and you would go to hell because you believed the wrong thing. You wouldn't care, right? Their version of reality doesn't match with yours so you would pay them no mind. Well that's about how much Atheists care about Christian's telling them about Christianity, personally I don't see it as a Christian holiday and I don't care if others see it as such, it has zero meaning to me when someone talks about the birth, death or life of Jesus or what Christmas is supposed to mean according to them, as you are Christian it's a view that you can't seem to understand so liken it to a different faith and try to understand how much you wouldn't care. And because you wouldn't care you wouldn't shun a public holiday because of it, you wouldn't ignore the celebrations either, frankly they're damn hard to ignore and takes a very deliberate act do to so.
I know this first hand because the most amusing part of this conversation to me is I grew up in an extremely conservative religion that was a spin-off form of Christianity and we were not allowed to celebrate Christmas growing up because of how "un-holy" the origins of the holiday were, they actively shunned Christmas, I was 14-15 the first time we did anything which was after we left the religion. Avoiding Christmas takes energy. If the tradition of Christmas died I wouldn't care, but so long as it happens I'll enjoy the two days off work and consider the blinky fairy lights pretty.