As soon as Thanksgiving is behind us, it's seem that some people are quick to remind others of the "reason for the season." I don't mind it, really. For those people and their families, Christmas holds a very strong religion connotation and celebrating means celebrating their religion. That's beautiful and they deserve to experience the holiday season any way they want, but my partner and I have our reasons why we keep religion out of our holiday celebrations. Honestly, it would be nice for others to respect those reasons as passionately as I respect their reasons for going on about Jesus in the manger.
Despite growing up in the church the majority of my child and adolescent life, I don't find a "reason for the season" outside of spending time with the people I love, reminding them that I do love them, and making an even greater effort to be kind and giving to others. We don't cut down and decorate a tree to show we're Christians and we don't attend a Christmas Eve service to remind ourselves of Jesus Christ and his miraculous birth. Even before but especially now that we have a child, my partner and I have made a conscious effort to separate the holiday season from any kind of organized religion. It's not a "war on Christmas." It's not to intentionally offend Christians. It's not a slight to the religion I no longer associate myself with. It's, honestly, just what my partner and I both believe is best for our son and our family.
Many of our family members don't necessary understand and many of our friends definitely don't agree, but just like weaving religion into the holiday season works for them and their families, cutting religion out of the holiday seasons works for me and mine. Here are just a few reasons why: