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Have a  COOL YULE

Who doesn't enjoy celebrating Solstice, or Yule, which happened to originate long before the christians renamed it?
 
 
Share how you love to celebrate at this time of year - Recipes, favorite traditions, holiday humor, decorations, crafts, ideas for gifts, winter tales, can be found here.
 

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Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2013

 

This group is for atheists to discuss

~how and why you do, (or do not) celebrate xmas season
 
~sharing info on the REAL history of the season's festivities,
 
~coping with theist relatives at this time of year,
~throwing Solstice party ideas,
~ways to donate to atheist or secular charities,
 
~holiday humor and great xmas comics, 
 
~recipes,
or whatever related topic is a joy or concern or total annoyance(ha ha) to any member here,
etc
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What does the holiday mean to you? How do YOU celebrate ?

Started by Jean Marie. Last reply by Alex Tyler Apr 7, 2012. 16 Replies

This holiday,whatever we call it, or whatever we celebrate,is cultural thing now, celebrated all over, even by nonchristian countries and families.It's just fun.It often represents a time to focus on bonds we have, family, friends, love, sharing,…Continue

Tags: customs, xmas

It's Hanukkah! Make Some Potato Latkes

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Adriana Dec 26, 2011. 3 Replies

By Kelly RossiterWed Dec 5, 2007My husband is Jewish and grew up eating potato latkes every Hanukkah. I am Protestant and grew up eating mashed potatoes every Christmas. Shortly…Continue

PETA asks atheists to "give peas a chance"

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by sunshine Dec 24, 2011. 2 Replies

Hugh KramerLA Atheism ExaminerDecember 23, 2011(Dec. 23. Los Angeles) The saga of the Santa Monica park continues. Ten…Continue

Free speech row over Santa-suited crucified skeleton put up as Christmas display

Started by Sydni Moser Dec 24, 2011. 0 Replies

By Rachel Quigley6th December 2011Mail OnlineLocals weren't sure if it was Halloween, Easter or Christmas when they saw a 'festive' display in…Continue

What Christmas Owes to Abolitionists

Started by Sydni Moser Dec 24, 2011. 0 Replies

December 23, 2011From the Archive: In the pre-Civil War years of the United States, Abolitionists and other social reformers transformed Christmas into a season for addressing the abuses of slavery and mistreatment of children, creating symbols and…Continue

Sydni's Solstice Party - PHOTOS

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Adriana Dec 23, 2011. 13 Replies

Saturday, December 17th, 2011Wish that all my A/U friendscould have come to my Solstice Party. Make plans for attending next year,EVERYONE is invited!!!…Continue

No Christmas in White House Holiday Card

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Marianne Dec 22, 2011. 3 Replies

By Todd Starnes/TWITTERDec. 16, 2011Fox NewsThe official White House holiday card makes no mention of the word ‘Christmas’ and instead focused on Bo the First Dog based on the wishes of the First…Continue

41 Most clever gingerbread houses ever

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Everything you need to know about the winter solstice of 2011 - Thursday 12/22

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Marianne Dec 21, 2011. 1 Reply

The December solstice will occur at 05:30 UTCon December 22, 2011.The December solstice is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere.…Continue

A very atheist Christmas

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Marianne Dec 21, 2011. 1 Reply

You lovers of Christmas-y stuff will love this article! Very well written, and it's in the Washington Post, very mainstream paper. Yay for atheists getting more exposure!  As for me, i will be making latkes tonight :-)A very atheist ChristmasBy…Continue

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Comment by Davy on December 15, 2013 at 2:58pm

A Humanist/Atheist Grace.

Let us acknowledge the wisdom of those who came before us, and those among us today, who learned how to cultivate our sustenance and convey it to us in a nourishing, healthy form. Though your names may be unknown to us and lost to history, we are eternally grateful to you.

Comment by doone on December 8, 2013 at 7:48am

That was a great image, Davy!

Comment by Davy on December 8, 2013 at 5:06am

Comment by doone on December 30, 2011 at 4:12pm
Comment by doone on December 26, 2011 at 12:32pm

Newton was born yesterday - Hope you were able to use his theories in every day life

HAPPY NEWTON'S DAY 2011

Newton

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Comment by Marianne on December 25, 2011 at 3:55pm

Doone, that photo is hilarious....!!!!!

Also, I wouln't  mindtrying one of those cocktails.....

Comment by doone on December 25, 2011 at 3:48pm
Comment by doone on December 25, 2011 at 3:46pm

7. Holiday Hopper

Holiday Hopper

Ingredients:

1 oz Midori melon liqueur

1/2 oz green creme de menthe

1/2 oz white creme de cacao

2 oz half and half

mint leaves for garnish

raspberry for garnish

Instructions:

1. Pour the ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake well.

3. Strain into a cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with a mint leaves and a raspberry.

Comment by doone on December 25, 2011 at 3:46pm

9. The Grinch

The Grinch

Ingredients:

2 oz Midori

1/2 oz lemon juice

1 tsp simple syrup

1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Instructions:

1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake well.

3. Strain into a punch or cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, serve.

Comment by doone on December 25, 2011 at 10:07am

How little some understand the past

In the middle 19th century, a nostalgic interest in pre-Cromwell Christmas traditions swept Victorian England following the publications of Davies Gilbert's Some Ancient Christmas Carols (1822),William B. Sandys's Selection of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern (1833), and Thomas K. Hervey's The Book of Christmas (1837). That interest was further stimulated by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's German-born husband, who popularized the German Christmas tree in Britain after their marriage in 1841, the first Christmas card in 1843, and a revival in carol singing.[7][8] Hervey's study of Christmas customs attributed their passing to regrettable social change and the urbanization of England.[8][9]

Dickens' Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England, but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and death.[7] Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge's cold, pinched heart restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth.

 

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