The meaning of Christmas

Having a magical Christmas, as many non-believers do, that has nothing to do with Christ (or much to do with pagan religion, really, despite the lineage of Saturnalia, Yule, etc.) suggests an interesting point. The important part about a religious holiday isn’t the religion per se or anything literal about the holiday, it’s the observance—attention to making things special, and “holy.” Life becomes like ritual, and moments more significant, through concerted efforts to engineer this, and by becoming unusually conscious of experiences.

This is easier to do when following traditions that evoke, but experience suggests it can be recreated with almost anything than can be given significance, through similar means of spiritualizing without recourse to religion.

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