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10 December 2011 @ 09:39 am
 
I've really been getting into the holidays this year.

James and I aren't christian (at all!) so in some ways it seemed ridiculous for us to be celebrating one of the most important christian holidays. But we have traditions surrounding the holidays, and I've always loved tradition, so that started me looking into other holiday traditions.

I was originally researching all the winter holidays, took a good look into winter solstice and was trying to find a good mix for what would be right for my family.  I learned about Kwanzaa and Chanukah and Ramadan. And then I stumbled across a secular holiday that was started about ten years ago called Human Light.

So far, I'm really digging Human Light. It's celebrated on (or around) December 23rd and focuses mainly on humanist principals. There aren't many rules to follow (that would kind of go against humanism anyway), but they hope that Human Light celebrations include live music, entertainment for children, no ill words about religion, faith or other winter holidays. The main point is that they use the time to pay respect to the qualities of reason, compassion and hope. And that's definitely something I can get behind.

I looked into the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and will be attending a few lectures they give once the new year starts. The idea of sharing a community based on my beliefs is something that I've been hoping to find, but couldn't seem to get anywhere with it. The lecture I missed last week (it was my date night with James) was on organic farming, which I'm sad to have missed since I have very little knowledge on it, but I'm excited to hear about more to come.

I haven't figured it all out yet, but I know I'm now feeling more comfortable and happy this holiday season than any other.

I'm trying to still incorporate the traditions that we have held that remain important to us and respect our beliefs at the same time. So far it's working pretty well!

There's also a slight chance my mom will be visiting us for the holidays, and my dad is already coming over to stay with us. I haven't shared a holiday with both my biological parents since I was 1. I've only had one shared holiday with them in my life, and I clearly don't remember it. Just the thought of it happening this year almost makes me cry. I love them both so much, and my relationships with them are only getting better as I get older. 

 
 
 
 
Katieiam_katie on December 11th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
I'll definitely be googling this "human light" business! I agree it feels so weird to celebrate such a christian holiday. Jules and I were both raised in super religious house holds so it sort of turned us both off of it - but lately, especially after our nephew had his accident, and when we found Jules' birth mom we've been feeling sort of faith-y, but we just cant figure out where we fit in. We definitely don't want to be part of anything where everyone is expected to believe the same thing and church always seems so cult-like when everyone just believes whatever the hell the guy at the front is spewing out. I just want a place where everyone can believe whatever rings true to themselves but we bond over just being rational humans who don't hate everyone else and don't shove our beliefs down everyone's throats!
Beamspixiegirl on December 19th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome Jenn!!