Ho-ho-ho or Bah-humbug?
That little man with the round face on the BBC’s business news interviewed a retail boss this morning, who looked forward to the ringing of tills in the run-up to Christmas. He expected people to go out and run up their credit card bills, as usual. It set me thinking; every year, someone will ask what we Humanists do at Christmas. Since we’re not religious, what does it mean to us?
Every year, I have to explain that the Christians high-jacked the old midwinter solstice festival about 1,600 years ago, having had nothing to do with it before then, and said it was Jesus’s birthday. Some Humanists ignore the whole hoo-ha, but most just enjoy a good time with their family and friends, like everyone else.
Anyhow, if you want to read more about a Humanist view of Christmas/Yule/Winterval/Midwinter, or whatever you want to call it, I’ve added a page about it. Feel free to comment.
Merry Wotsit, one and all!