My Christmas Is All About Santa, Not Jesus

I'm not a Christian, but I still celebrate Christmas. For me, Santa and the spirit of giving is the reason for the season. It has nothing to do with The Bible.

“I don’t understand how someone who doesn’t believe in God can celebrate Christmas.”

It was a text I received from a friend of ours a few weeks ago. Without hesitation, I had a response.

“I’m not celebrating the birth of Christ, I’m celebrating the arrival of Santa!”

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Take a step into my house and you won’t see a single religious decoration. No nativity scene, my tree is topped with a snowflake rather than an angel.

Santa is everywhere. Santa pictures, Santa kitchen towels and pot holders, I even have these Mr. & Mrs. Claus salt & pepper shakers!

We will not send out a religious Christmas card. On that same note, we prefer our cards read “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays”.

Little Bee is already obsessed with Santa and I couldn’t be happier.

She runs around the house pointing out all the Santa decorations. When asked what Santa says she’ll dance around saying “Ho, ho, ho!” She gets so, so excited if I turn on the TV and Santa is on it!

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She’s only a year and a half old, she has no idea who this guy is or what he does, but she thinks he’s the greatest thing in the world, aside from doggies and deer (she thinks deer are both hilarious and tasty! It’s made the reindeer a big hit, too).

In our home there is no sign of Jesus and not a single thing that acknowledges his birth. Bee won’t learn about that aspect of Christmas until she is much older.

I'm not a Christian, but I still celebrate Christmas. For me, Santa and the spirit of giving is the reason for the season. It has nothing to do with The Bible.

You see, my husband and I proudly call ourselves Agnostic. We aren’t saying God doesn’t exist, but we don’t know that he does, either.

Hubby grew up going to church, his grandfather was and still is a pastor. He knows The Bible better than most Christians I know, and he doesn’t believe a word of it.

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I was raised by two Agnostic parents, so this way of thinking is nothing new to me. I only went to church a handful of times growing up. My mom did have a nativity scene, I was aware that some people believed Jesus was born on Christmas. It was never “the reason for the season”, though. Santa and the spirit of giving was.

Honestly, I don’t have a problem with Christians. It doesn’t bother me that they believe Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. I think the Judeo-Christian values are great. The morals taught by Christianity are morals I try to follow in my own life.

I simply cannot believe God exists just because a book says so.

Bigfoot doesn’t exist because I’ve never seen him. I don’t believe in ghosts because I’ve never met one. The day they catch Nessie is the day I’ll believe in him and the first time I get abducted and taken into a space ship, I’ll believe in extraterrestrial life.

I don’t believe in things that have not been scientifically proven, therefor I don’t believe in God.

That’s not to say there isn’t something else out there, something bigger than us. A “God” or “gods”, if you will. Just like every other person in the world, I don’t really know what the truth is because it has not been proven.

What I do know is that Santa is awesome. He represents selflessness and kindness. He teaches us that Christmas is about giving rather than receiving, something that seems hard to come by most of the year.

I’d rather my daughter learn about Santa than about God and what some book written (and rewritten!) thousands of years ago claims to be true.

That’s why Santa is the reason for my season, not Jesus.

What about you? Do you keep Christ in Christmas or are you a little more like me?

9 thoughts on “My Christmas Is All About Santa, Not Jesus

  • January 12 at 2:33 pm

    Unfortunately I think your reasoning is flawed. There are so many things that cannot be physically seen or scientifically proven, but I suspect you believe in them unknowingly. How do you know kindness exists? Have you seen it physically or scientifically proven it? There are things in this world I’ve never physically seen, because I can’t possibly see every animal/plant/human does that make them less real? I have never seen you, just your words on this blog, so does that mean you don’t exist? Kind of like never seeing God, but just His words in the Bible. You have a right to believe whatever you wish, but just not ever seeing or scientifically proving something does not mean it doesn’t exist.

    • January 12 at 7:37 pm

      Are you saying that witnessing an act of kindness is not seeing that kindness exists? Because I would disagree.

      I may never see every plant, animal or human, but if science has proven they exist, I don’t have to see them. I suppose with people it isn’t necessarily science that I need, rather documentation (although I admit there are flaws in that… illegal aliens prove that regularly).

      It’s completely possible that since you have not seen me and you do not consider this blog enough proof of my existence (the same way I feel about the Bible), then maybe I really don’t exist. You don’t have to believe I am who I say I am or that anything I write is true. That’s your right. Just as I will not blindly believe in a book written thousands of years ago, you do not have to blindly believe in what was written and posted on this blog within the last year.

  • January 13 at 9:12 am

    My view is very similar to yours. I LOVE Christmas!! Definitely my favorite time of the year. But I am an atheist. I was raised up north and went to college down south where religion was shoved down my throat. The way I see religion is that it’s very geographical. If you’re born in America, you’re probably Christian. If you’re born in India, you’re probably Hindi. Everyone believes that their religion is 100% true and that everyone else is wrong. Well, not everyone can be right but everyone definitely can be wrong. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’m about to follow you literally on every social media

  • January 13 at 9:22 am

    Well technically, one might say an act of kindness is a manifestation of a virtue we then perceive someone to possess. But not the virtue itself. As far as science proving the existence of things, you are taking on faith the word of that scientist. So essentially you choose to believe what they have written or say. How do you know they didn’t falsify the information? In reality, this whole world requires faith and belief in many things. We just choose what we want to believe. Those who believe in God lose nothing if they die and He isn’t real. Those who choose not to believe will lose everything if He is.

    • January 13 at 9:24 am

      The kindess thing I will agree could be looked at either way. An act of kindness could be considered kindness also.

      • January 16 at 9:59 am

        Thanks for allowing me to civilly debate the issue even though we have different viewpoints.

  • February 15 at 9:37 am

    “I don’t believe in things that haven’t been scientifically proven; therefore, I don’t believe in God.”

    But you are teaching your daughter to believe in something that is a fantasy? That’s pretty hypocritical.

    And do you not know that “Christmas” means “the night of Christ?” Why celebrate something you don’t believe in? And I’m assuming you don’t believe in Santa Clause flying a reindeer-driven sled and landing on your rooftop. You probably don’t believe in the Easter bunny either, but now I’m curious about your festivities surrounding this very sacred day as well.

    I just don’t understand your reasoning. If you are proud of the fact that you don’t believe in God, that’s fine(yet sad, because Jesus died for you, whether or not you believe it), but you make yourself look silly by saying that you’re celebrating a KNOWN fantasy in the same breath.

    I am a work from home mom now, but I was a scientist for years. I majored in molecular genetics, which only STRENGTHENED my faith in the one and only God and creator of the universe. You don’t realize how intricately we are made, and it takes a LOT more faith to believe that it all happened by chance, than to believe that a loving God created us. You should check out a book called A Skeptic’s Search for God. It will show you in detail the things that I can’t explain in a simple comment. The author was a scientist too, and his own research and studying showed him how ILLOGICAL it is to believe we all ended up here by a big mistake or chance of fate.

    Hopefully you do some soul searching. Don’t look at the churches or the people, because all people are flawed. None of us are perfect, and we will all disappoint you. But I pray that you will look to Jesus Himself and give Him a chance to show you how real He is.

  • May 1 at 10:21 pm

    I’m a little late to the party, I know, but I feel just the same way. And I also feel it’s better to teach our babes how to be good for goodness’ sake, rather than because they’ll get a punishment or reward in the afterlife depending on what they choose in life.
    People ask, “Well, without God’s teachings how do you know what is good and what is bad?”…but I feel that when you are guided by compassion it’s not hard to make good choices. And if they get stuck, maybe they could just ask themselves:
    What would Santa do? ;D

    • May 2 at 8:47 am

      I love it, Claire! Thank you so much for stopping by!


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