So the final wrapping has been done...the cookies for Santa have been bought....and I am ready to enjoy the next couple of days with my family.
As an atheist I do not get anything except a smile when people wish me a Merry Christmas. I know that there are those out there who do not like it because they are of a non-Christian faith, or of no faith or just a pain in the butt but for me it is a better thing to say than ...I hate you ..I hate this season...or anything else that does not bring to mind the smell of fir trees, glittery paper and overall a spirit of giving.
Christ was a man whose basic goal was to spread a message of love and kindness....for me he did not need to be more because if we all spent more time being kind to others well would the world would be just that much better off. You need to understand the message even if the messenger means different things to you. We need to stop asking for others to be exactly the same as us and remember it is the differences that make this planet so much wondrous.
So in that spirit of overcoming hardship for love, accepting each other as we are and hoping to give along with presents a gift of ourselves and of really being there for others who are both close to us and unknown I wish you all a Merry Christmas.