A Humanist Christmas?

As a Humanist, what do I celebrate at Christmas?

Guest post by Libby Willow

Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. The word Christmas does not have an association with Christ for me at all. It may have done when I was a little girl playing an angel in the nativity at my Church of England primary school, but as I’ve grown older, Christmas no longer holds any religious connotations for me. I have only quite recently identified as being a Humanist but I feel I have been one my whole adult life.

So, as a Humanist, what exactly does the word Christmas represent for me? The answer is simple. To me, Christmas is a celebration of family. It’s getting together with the people you truly love and who love you. It may sound corny, but it’s the celebration of unconditional love. Christmas is the warmth you create in your home using trees and lights. Christmas is taking the time to decorate the tree together. Christmas is being so excited to see the look on someone’s face when they open your gift in the morning, that you can’t sleep. Christmas is the smell of a home cooked Christmas dinner slowly spreading throughout the house. Christmas is a full table, funny hats and bad cracker jokes. Christmas is eating until you feel sleepy. Christmas is laughter and hugging.

I believe in finding your own meaning in the word Christmas and celebrating it in whichever way you choose. I believe the non religious can enjoy Christmas just as much, if not more, than the religious. I believe we can find a deeper meaning in the word than the religious meaning. So Happy Christmas fellow Humanists!

Libby Willow x