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I’ll admit it: I’m an atheist who loves Christmas. I love Christmas so much, I put my tree up before Thanksgiving—I just couldn’t help myself. I love it all—beautifully decorated trees, the joy of buying gifts for my loved ones, the excitement of receiving gifts, and, of course, another excuse to eat a lot of delicious food (in my family, we get holiday ham paired with Filipino lumpia). I feel better knowing that nearly all Christmas traditions have pagan roots anyway, and besides, I celebrate Hanukkah, HumanLight, and the Winter Solstice too. Maybe we humanists just like to party! Whatever you celebrate this December, enjoy it, be safe, and have fun with your family and friends.
Steve Major lists a variety of unique gift ideas for the humanist or freethinker in your life.
Audrey Kingstrom, Humanist Celebrant and member of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, introduces a holiday alternative for nonbelievers that celebrates the changing of the season.
Monica Miller, legal consultant for the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, outlines Supreme Court cases that address the constitutionality of nativity displays on public land.
Sadie Rothman responds to a Fox News writer’s claim that successful women “aren’t women anymore” and all women should “surrender to their nature—their femininity.”
AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger attended a meeting at the White House last week but noted some problems with the lack of diversity among religions—and non-religions—represented by the President’s Advisory Council.
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Create a Facebook cover image with a holiday theme and enter to win a book of your choice from Humanist Press! Learn more about how to enter.
Thanks to everyone for submitting hilarious captions for last issue’s Photo Caption Contest! Find out who won here.
Joan Reisman-Brill answers your holiday-related dilemmas in this week’s issue, including one from a giver that keeps on giving (a little too much).
This week’s poem is by our resident poet and Humanist Voices in Verse editor, Daniel Thomas Moran.
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