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Holidays for Christians not in a Church. Atheists are welcome too

Updated on October 6, 2014

There is a place for you inside where our hearts are as warm as our fire.

Classic Christmases are not for everyone
Classic Christmases are not for everyone | Source

Happy Holidays and thanks for taking time to read.

I would like to think of this as a present for all those who do not “belong” to a church. Know that I love you and wish the best for you. Know also that you are a member of a church, yours. Know that the songs in your heart are greater than any chorus. Know that what you give in love is greater than any offerings. Know that you are not alone but there are many like you. Know that I respect and honor your traditions and beliefs this time of year. Know that others love you.

Every day is a Holiday

Just blame it on me ;-)

I give you permission to have Christmas on any day you like. I give you permission to sleep in on your Holiday from work. I give you permission to sneak away some mistletoe and break it out in March, for a kiss. I give you permission to give some gifts after Christmas when the prices go down. I give you permission to take back that fancy coat, get the money and do something fun. I give you permission to eat the whole feast just this one day. I give you permission to buy a child a toy that you really want, but promise to play with them with it. Who am I to give permission? That is an excellent question.

Why do others tell us how to do Christmas? Because we let them

I give permission and have the power to do so, because there are so many out there that would take that right from you. Shame on them. I am empowered to love you no matter what. I am empowered to lift you up. I am empowered to inspire you. I am empowered to tell you that what you are doing is just fine. I am empowered to remind you that you need rest and appreciation also. I am empowered to tell you that people really do care about you. And I am empowered to tell you that you do make a difference.

No white Christmas here.

Here tell these guys went surfing for Christmas
Here tell these guys went surfing for Christmas | Source

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Be happy and enjoy no matter your beliefs

I am a lucky one who always receives the gift of Christmas in the form of love. So be it that I am Christian, that is wonderful for me. But what is most wonderful is that I can love all of those who are not. The only Christmas giving that is truly a gift of the season is our hearts to others. If we have any joy we are to give it away, to share it and to increase it. If happiness comes our way this time of year we must spread it around and proclaim it and make others feel it also. In this we find the joy of giving and the Spirit of the season.

Being with family

No matte how big or small family is a fun tradition. But alone can be good also.
No matte how big or small family is a fun tradition. But alone can be good also. | Source

Do not suppress the happiness you feel, let it out!

As I have always done since I was teensy weensy I will find myself somewhere alone for a time. I will spend time thinking of all that I have, had and will have in the future. I will think of all the love around the world that goes out on the special day. And I will bury my face in my hands and begin to cry. It will be a good and serious cry, complete with sobbing. It will be a day of the year when I let myself cry until my tears of joy dry on their own with thankfulness and love. And I will count you among my blessings. Those tears are a gift that all who give of themselves to others also give to me. Thank you.

Don't be a Scrooge

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Why do these Christians find a need to attack. I am busy teaching love. But my wife says that I do not do it well enough. Thank all of you who criticize to I can do better.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Finally a hub on Christianity I can read all the way through. Since Hubpages doesn't permit such "seamy" topics as abortion and gambling, I ponder why it allows faith-witnessing to the saturation level that it does on these pages. Thank you for your generous, welcoming approach to Christmas. Voted up, awesome & beautiful.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truth. I hope.

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      Ed Szalankiewicz 4 years ago from New Castle

      Not mad and resentful at all-- you keep going there. It's about teaching what the word ACTUALLY says. My mission is to teach truth. And, you are correct, it a hard issue with so much emotion attaced to the season.

      I enjoyed the dialogue -- but will let it be fo now. GOD be with you my brother.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ed for tackling this hard issue. All should agree that the Christmas season is "of this world". Christmas day is not devine. If the rituals of man elevate to a worship of the rituals it is wrongful. That is what I hope comes across. Any particular personal choice of what to do on Christmas is just that, a personal choice and not in any way ordained. We must give extra prayer for the sad souls that lift gift giving and decoration above acts of Love and kindness. If you can live through the season acting to the glory of God that is marvelous. If it makes you reach out and be a friend to neighbors and enemies then that is good. But if it makes you mad and resentful and judgmental of others you have a problem.

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      Ed Szalankiewicz 4 years ago from New Castle

      Hi again --it's not a matter of hate or love its a matter of true worship according to the word of GOD or false worship according to the desires of men and his ideas spawned entirely apart from HIM. If we don't do things as HE prescribes then we aren't respecting HIM as GOD at all. It's not about love or hate--it's about TRUTH.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      There are lights of Christmas. Call them luminarios, there is a place in human hearts made hard by life and society, called despair. Are we to hide our light under a bucket? I prefer a few days where our light shines as a welcome to all without. As with reading the bible, if we do not do it with love in our hearts it is an empty gong. If we interpret this season with hate and animosity it is an empty and hurtful gong. We must remain vigilante to interpret the season as a chance to share Love.

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      Ed Szalankiewicz 4 years ago from New Castle

      It appears that in your celebration of god --you are totally ignoring what HE thinks about it all. It's found nowhere in HISword. Christ personally taught HIS church from the time between HIS resurrection and ascension --yet the early church DID NOT celebrate ANYTHING like it for over 300 years. It's very easy to see where it does come from in history and it is also very clear in scripture what GOD thinks about such things.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Have fun hiding. That would me you are giving yourself a gift. Right On!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Your welcome, I am hiding from my Christmas new letter and exercise.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you tirelesstraveler,

      Truly "Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.", is one of the greatest ever phrases. Anger must be shoveled aside during this season. But, if we feel it -- that is cool because it is a reminder to get back on track and focus on the Love. Thanks again for dropping by during this busy season.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      It's a rocky road between the Grinch and Christ. I noticed the L.L.Bean catalog has neither Happy Holidays nor Merry Christmas. I love my family, I love my dogs, yet when they don't do what I want them to do, I sound angry. Christians who get too busy, lose site of the manger, sound angry when others don't partake in the giver of life. Your hub doesn't sound angry.

      I too will spend time alone and with friends considering how the world was changed in a cave one cold night, when God made a way for man to come back to him.

      "Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth."

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rich my good friend and mentor,

      I have two secrets that I will share. When they(those not Christian) share in the festivities they get a little infected with Love. When they give they get a little touched by an angel. I am not speaking of a mountain top experience just a gentle nudge toward the Love which is our Christ. No matter how sinister they area Christmas brings them into our manger, if only for a moment.

      And here is the second secret. When they share with us, we get to show them real Christian Love. Other times of the year they just reject our preaching. But in this season they receive our reason. And we are given the opportunity to be a light on the hill. What we do with this gift is up to us.

      When practicing in sports, some days you are just off in all you try, on those days we say “just fake it until you make” and so we push through a bad stretch. Long suffering is a good trait.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric - Very interesting read, my friend. I am probably not as kind hearted as yourself. I feel as though it is a religious holiday and should not be controlled by those who wish to limit its influence. Christmas is the celebration of Christ's birth ... that's it. It is a time to rejoice. The gifts Christians give are reminiscent of the gifts brought the Christ child. Those who wish to take "Christ" out of Christmas and make is simply "Happy Holidays" need not take the day off, as they're not celebrating the day, only the time off. Those that seek to limit nativity scenes need not give or receive gifts, as they do not believe in the reasons for the gift giving. And, they do not deserve my business if saying, "Merry Christmas" is not allowed in alliance to the politically correct, as they only wish to profit monetarily as they milk the good wishes of the Christians. I do not wish them any harm, and wish them only good in believing as they desire. But, to those believing otherwise, don't tell me, or my brothers and sisters, that you don't believe and then expect us to support your beliefs by including you in our celebration of Christ. Share your heart with the Lord and experience his kindness. Ignore the Lord and reap what you sew. To disregard the meaning of the day, and still participate the celebration of the day in any way, is only showing hypocrisy. You are a much greater man than I to display such tolerance. I'm simply tired of our country, having been founded on religious beliefs, having those beliefs restricted by the minority who don't want to see or hear anything to do with Christ, yet, love to get and give gifts and take the day off. Good post!