It makes me angry when every year I hear how some band of people be it Atheists, Muslims, or any other group is protesting yet another Christmas related thing going on. Not too long ago I heard on the news that a school had to cancel its toy drive because an Atheist group threatened to sue them on religious grounds. This group to me, was intolerant and being a bully. Just because you can do something or say something, doesn't mean you should.
Yes, this time of year there's a holiday called christmas that christians use to celebrate the birth of christ. But for the vast majority of us it's a cultural holiday that allows us to spend time with family, open presents and spend time talking to one another over a big meal. This is a tradition for I would say, 80% of us...not a faith based religious holiday.
Let's say for a second that all those against being greeted in stores with a "Merry Christmas" or seeing signs that say, "Christmas Tree's" and get mad when schools hold "Christmas Toy Drives"..set aside all the religious angles, and just accept that this is a holiday where kids deserve to get toys, warm clothes and food. Sure those charities that are holding the toy drives might hand out religious pamphlets or say things like "Praise the lord" but all a kid really cares about is that they have something to open come Christmas morning.
I'm not a big holiday person, in fact I'll let you in on a little secret...I'm Agnostic. But I'm not going to let that spoil the fun for my daughter, husband and grandson. I'm not going to sit around all humbug and tell them they can't decorate or celebrate Christmas because Mommy is Agnostic and really doesn't like all this Christmas stuff. That would make me an utterly insufferable intolerable bitch to push my beliefs onto my family or anyone else. But people are doing this everyday and if I were them I would hide my face because I wouldn't want anyone to know what a bully-ish intolerant ass I was. If you don't want to celebrate this holiday, then don't. But don't spoil the fun for those that do.
To all those who have a problem with the religious basis of the holiday or toy drives...why don't you just start your own and raise money, food, toys, or whatever it is that you think would benefit whoever it is that you want to help. This doesn't even have to be around December..do some good the other months of the year. But don't stop others from trying to give toys, clothes, shoes, food and school supplies during this time of year to those who need them. That's just being a big meanie. Get over it. Whether or not you agree with what they are doing, they are helping others so you standing in their way is just not right and it will hurt people.