I feel like my hatred of religion seems to reach an all time high during the holiday season, and I guess that might seem weird because I do talk about making people gifts for christmas but I don't believe in religion. I hate religion. I think religion is idiotic, I think the idea of a god existing is idiotic. HOWEVER- I try not to say this very often because there's pretty much no way for me to articulate this without hurting people's feelings. Sorry if the couple of feelings hurt your feelings. I like you as a person, I just think your beliefs are silly. If it makes you feel better, I put it on the same level as wearing sweatpants in public. I don't hate you for it but I will silently question your judgement. I don't want to be intolerant and I generally don't vocalize my antireligious beliefs very vocally. I'm respectful of the religious beliefs of my friends and family, I just think it's all bullshit. But I do respect people and that's how and why I celebrate Christmas/Giftsmas.
Jesus doesn't mean anything to me, I really don't care about the guy or his supposed status as a messiah or that he's part god or whatever. Plus he wasn't even born in December, christians just said he was so they could reappropriate Saturnalia and use their reappropriation to convert people into believing in Jesus. But what DOES matter to me are the people who exist,who I know and care about, and a lot of them do celebrate christmas. I don't think there is anything inherently god-believing in giving gifts or good wishes to the people I care about. 90% of modern christmas is completely secular and has nothing to do with a belief of god or acceptance of jesus christ into my "soul". So when I say Merry Christmas what I really mean is, "I hope you have a good time with people you care about on december 25th" and not "I'm pushing christ onto you" because I don't even believe in that religious nonsense. I just like giving people gifts and decorating the house with lights and glitter.