Merry Krismas!

Yes, that’s the term. As a non-Christian I am aware that much of the mythology I cherish about Christmas isn’t the religious aspect. My focus is on the light, feasting, generosity, and goodwill. Well, there’s a movement afoot for those of us who celebrate this time of year but without the religion: Krismas!

From the website one of the founders, Jacob Walker, explains:

Krismas is a secular holiday that celebrates the myth of Kris Kringle, commonly known as Santa Claus. It happens on December 25th of each year, and is also closely associated with Krismas Eve which occurs December 24th. Krismas is part of the “12 Days of Secular Celebration.”

Krismas is about celebrating most of the modern mythologies surrounding Christmas, except for the mythology of the birth of Jesus as a savior.

Krismas is about giving gifts, especially those “from the heart”; it is about the magic of childhood; it is about peace on earth; and it is about goodwill towards humankind, and anything else you wish it to mean that does not involve the Jesus as a savior bit.

I loved Christmas growing up. I treasure those memories. I treasure the mythology of Santa Claus, Rudolph, Elves, etc. I treasure the idea of giving gifts, the beauty of Christmas lights and the smell of Christmas trees. This is what Christmas was about to me. These are the secular mythologies and symbols that we have made Christmas about.

Read another page about Krismas.

[I thank Dale for posting about this and wish him a hearty Merry Krismas!]

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4 Comments on “Merry Krismas!”

  1. Dale McGowan Says:

    And a Hippy Gnu Year!

  2. Liora Says:

    Interesting! It makes sense.

  3. William Sackinger Says:

    Actually the Bible speaks of “shepherds watching their flock by night” at the birth, and it is only possible for them to feed at night and be thus watched, in late spring. The month of June seems to be accepted as the actual birth month for Jesus. The celebration on December 25, just after winter solstice, comes from the ancient religious needs for celebration on the lengthening of the days, and the needs for festivals to counteract seasonal affective disorder.

    The modern culture seems to stage Christmas for the same reasons.

    We can leave the theology of Christianity for a future discussion…

  4. Kathryn Says:

    Hi Bill, yes, I have an interesting book on the subject. It’s called Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth.