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It’s true—I’m an atheist that loves Christmas. I put my tree up before Thanksgiving, I buy crazy amounts of holiday wrapping paper, and I love walking around DC to see beautiful Christmas displays in store window or hotels. I love the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, HumanLight, Kwanzaa—when I get the opportunity, I celebrate them all, and it’s easy to do it from a secular perspective. If you want to join in on the fun, find a local AHA Chapter or Affiliate group celebrating the holidays and make new humanist friends. And if you’re still buying presents for your loved ones, don’t forget that the American Humanist Association is on Amazon Smile—simply use Amazon.com to make your purchases and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to the AHA if you name us as a benefitting charity. Same thing goes for eBay’s Giving Works. It’s an easy way to support the causes you care about as you shop for the holidays!
What should you get for your favorite humanist this year? Consider our 2013 Humanist Holiday Gift Guide—secular gifts that help out great causes!
HumanLight is a secular holiday celebrating reason, compassion and hope. Learn more about the traditions of HumanLight and find a local AHA chapter near you that will be celebrating!
We find the most interesting things in the AHA archives, including this humanist holiday song to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” (And it’s not bad!)
Many will be gearing up for December feasts that often include a holiday ham or turkey. But is it okay to be both a humanist and a meat-eater? Nutritionist Dr. Ann Childers says yes.
Which members of Congress should get a lump of coal in their stocking this year? AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger cites several who have voted against humanist legislation this year.
Pope Francis has just been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, someone “who had the greatest impact of the world, for good or bad.” Does he deserve the award, and for good or bad?
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has released this year’s report on atheist, humanist and non-religious discrimination around the world. Find out which countries made the list.
Think you or someone you know would make a great AHA board member? Nominations are now open for the AHA Board of Directors Election in 2014. Learn more on how to apply.
Joan Reisman-Brill offers advice to an atheist who opposes her company’s practice of supporting religious groups during the holidays.
New comics by Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey and The Bad Chemicals!
Many of you probably share the same experience: Ten years ago, I had a flip phone which I used only for phone calls. Now I can hardly separate myself from my iPhone without calling, texting, checking email, reading the news, even watching movies. But rather than bemoan my bondage to technology, I embrace the opportunity to stay connected in ways I would've never imagined possible.
One of the simplest ways to stay connected to the American Humanist Association is to get updates from us via text message. Simply text AHA to 50555 to join the Humanist Mobile Community and receive breaking news from the American Humanist Association. (We never send more than two (2) text messages a month, and you can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full terms: mgive.org/T) Last month, our mobile community members got to hear first that former Rep. Barney Frank will be our 2014 Humanist of the Year. What news will December bring?
When a teacher began leading prayers in a public school classroom, one student stood up for church-state separation. High school student and humanist Gavin Hunt shares his story on why he sued his school to protect students’ rights.
The American Humanist Association won a legal case on behalf of student Gracie Bedi, who protested against mandatory Christian assemblies held during public school hours.
Humanist Press author Nikki Stern examines what it means to be “spiritual not religious” by eliciting reactions from friends who find themselves varied on the religious-secular spectrum.