I’ve spoken about my religious status in the past, about the fact that I’m an atheist but it’s not something that I tend to discuss very often. I guess I’m afraid of upsetting anyone or of making anyone feel uncomfortable.
But that’s not the only reason that I tend to avoid talking about it. You see a part of me has always felt a little bit ashamed saying those words, admitting that I have absolutely no religious belief. I think for a while it kind of held a stigma.
I find this even harder at Christmas, when religious symbolism is everywhere and it seems hypocritical to then celebrate with everyone else.
I’d hate that, but at the same time I feeling an increase need to talk about the subject.
On the whole my family is largely secular, sure we would probably call ourselves Christians but that’s not because we worship as much as we celebrate the religious festivals.
On the whole my family is really close, we don’t see each other often but when we do, it’s really special and these are without a doubt my fondest memories. Despite being close to my family we actually live in different parts of the UK and don’t get to see each other anywhere near as much as we would like.
For eight years we have made a point of getting together for Christmas, we’ve built up traditions around the festive season that would be hugely missed by all involved. We spend time together doing family friendly activates and Christmas has become a constant thread that binds us all together.
We talk about religion and what Christmas means to us but on the whole it’s a subject that is tip-toed around.
For me, faith is fascinating and something that should be admired but sadly I have never been able to find it.
Maybe one day I will but for now I’m an atheist who celebrates Christmas.