At this time of year many people are taking part in festive activities, ostensibly centered around religious movements. It is a time of year when tradition is front and center in social life, but not for everyone.
-- As humanists, how do we feel about joining in with religious festivals?
-- To what extent are "the holidays" a religious phenomenon today?
-- If you do, in what ways do you celebrate during the holiday period?
-- How do you feel about the exchanging of gifts?
-- Who are the holidays for (children, nuclear families, Christians, corporations, etc.)?
-- Is celebrating New Years inherently different from, say, celebrating Christmas?
-- If we wanted to have a secular, humanist celebration, what could we jointly celebrate?
-- Is the intent/message/spirit of a holiday more important than the literal holy-day aspect?