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Discussion 1 to Meditation 17
An agnostic cannot celebrate Christmas

by: Edward Barton

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While I agree with the article's attitude that it is OK for an agnostic to celebrate on the 25th of December, I feel that the wording was wrong.

An agnostic cannot celebrate Christmas, as that is a Christian holiday.  They can celebrate Yule, however, which, as you pointed out, has a longer history than Christmas.

Another thing you mentioned was "Let Santa visit your kids."  As I'm sure you're aware, Santa is a representation of St. Nicholas of Myra, a Christian Bishop.

I have nothing against agnostics having a rotund jolly fellow in a red suit hand out presents, but calling him "Santa", and then claiming you're not celebrating a Christian holiday is hypocritical.

Have a Happy Yuletide!