The seven tips for helping atheists through Thanksgiving gave us an idea. Turn your heads and thoughts ahead to the Christmas, Hannukkah and Festivus season and let us know how you, as a secular human, deal with the believers in your circle of family and friends. Gifts? No Gifts? (Santa/no Santa?), Go to family dinners where beliefs may come up or perhaps spend holiday occasions with fellow nonbelievers? Frankly discuss your view of the myths behind the holidays with family or just grin and bear it unless you are specifically asked?
The winner will receive a copy of Richard Dawkins’ An Appetite for Wonder. The rest of us will go into the holiday season equipped with new advice and tactics for what is often a tricky time of year.
Congratulations to hera2you for saying she couldn’t stand up her Italian Catholic “nona” for Christmas despite her views — especially since she has begrudgingly accepted her as a vegetarian atheist. Hera doesn’t even mind picking the meat out of Nona’s lasagna. A copy of Richard Dawkins’ “An Appetite for Wonder” is on its way.
We are going to compile a list of the best tips and thoughts about coping with religious family and friends over the holidays soon, so please keep the ideas coming here!