Heh.... We're having our favourite friends over for Christmas dinner. They're Jews, culturally, but they aren't particularly observant religiously. In fact the husband is an atheist and the wife is, at least so far, a fence sitter, but we're working on her. They have us over for their seder celebrations every year, a very worthwhile event because, even stripped of its religious connotations, it's a celebration of triumph and perseverance in the face of tremendous adversity, and that's always worth celebrating. We have them over for Christmas dinner every year, and I find a delicious irony in a family of cultural Jews (them) and a family of atheists (us) celebrating Christmas together.
That's what Christmas has really meant to me for as long as I can remember. It's about family and friends and connections with the people I love best, and sharing our good fortune with them all, welcoming them to my home, feeding them, caring about them, laughing with them... That's all there is, in my view, Joe and Mary and the Magic Baby mean nothing to me, religion plays no part in my life. But love and laughter, and interest in and concern for the people I care most about certainly does.
And in that context, my very best wishes to all posters and lurkers at CC
, for a happy and successful and rewarding and enjoyable life, in whatever terms that matter to you.