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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 26, 2017


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, 
or whatever related topic is a joy or concern or total annoyance(ha ha) to any member here,


Discussion Forum

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

Started by Sydni Moser Dec 22, 2011. 0 Replies


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

Tags: celebration, religion, atheism, Christmas

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Comment by Chris on December 26, 2017 at 11:43am

Ayn Rand Christmas Cards.

I wonder what Jeffery Dahmer, or Paul Ryan christmas cards look like.

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2017 at 11:40am
Comment by Mrs.B on December 21, 2017 at 8:55pm

Comment by Stephen on December 21, 2017 at 8:46pm

Comment by Mrs.B on December 21, 2017 at 7:42pm

Comment by Stephen on October 10, 2016 at 5:35pm

The executive director said they faced opposition from neighbours Getty

The executive director said they faced opposition from neighbours Getty

Christian homeless shelter forced to move after Christians from nearby church complain

The Merced County Rescue Mission had to look for a new home after providing three meals a day since 1998

A Christian homeless shelter in California was forced to relocate after Christian neighbours across the street made complaints.

The Merced County Rescue Mission stopped serving meals for more than a week this month, leaving hundreds of homeless people to look elsewhere. 

Executive director Bruce Metcalf said the temporary closure was an attempt to be a "good neighbour" after receiving complaints from members of the Central Presbyterian Church, which is opposite the shelter.

"I don’t think complaints are different than they’ve ever been," he told The Independent. "I think people simply got tired to having it close by them and were anxious for us to find a new location."

"It’s true that anywhere, in any city, people aren’t interested in having homeless services next to them."

For 10 days, hundreds of homeless people were left to look elsewhere for a meal. The service had provided meals three times a day since 1998. 

The original Canal Street location continued to provide shelter, showers and treatment programs as usual, although the meal service had stopped.

The new service will start Monday evening at Calvary Temple in Merced.

"The location where we’re going to serve is much better as we have twice the space so we can serve more people easily," he said.

"It’s good news and we’re just very grateful."

Mr Metcalf said he is also searching for a larger building for the long term which can home all of the their services, seven days a week and 24 hours per day.

The mission also provides over 26,000 nights of safe shelter, according to its website


Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on December 29, 2015 at 7:47pm

Yes, it would = can you start one?

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2015 at 7:45pm

That's a great article by the Washington Post Stephen.

Origins of religions and myths would be a good new group.

Comment by Stephen on December 26, 2015 at 8:50am

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? A brief history lesson that may surprise you.

Comment by Mrs.B on December 19, 2015 at 4:17pm

A Lovely Solstice to Everyone, & All the Best in the New Year!

Mrs.B, my husband, & my cats.


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