A Happy humanistmas to you all

Having humanist beliefs means that I am often asked what I do at Christmas, and this can be a touchy and contentious subject for many who live a secular life.

The roots of the winter celebrations around the time of the winter solstice, (the shortest day) and the religious beliefs that the 25th of December is the date on which Jesus was born, are widely held as the main reasons we celebrate Christmas.

And for many who enjoy the festive season, they are often left feeling a little hypocritical that they celebrate at this time of year, but don’t attend church to worship.

But personally speaking, I have never held any real religious beliefs, but still enjoy this time of year. For me, and many others around the world, it’s not about celebrating the birth of any deity, but about coming together with my family and friends, to enjoy each other’s company, to make each other feel appreciated and loved, and to share a special meal, that favourite bottle of wine and my Mum’s home-made mince pies!

The joy of watching the face of someone you love light up when they open that gift you bought them that you just knew they would love, is one of the most special parts of the year. It’s a chance to really connect with the people you hold most dear and a time to realise how much we all have to be grateful for.

And of course, I’m a big sucker when it comes to all things sparkly! Taking a trip round the city centre, all wrapped up against the cold winds and enjoying the twinkly lights is such a joy, and of course, making my home a little more festive too is definitely one of my favourite aspects of this time of year.

I can’t speak for others, but in my opinion, whatever our beliefs, this time of year is a chance for us all to make that extra effort with the ones we love, to share some good times, to give that extra-long hug and to say thanks to everyone who has stood by you for the last 12 months, to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward to what the next year will bring.

In light of the recent events in Glasgow yesterday we feel the coming together of friends and family and showing that extra love this Christmas is even more important. We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the tragic accident.

From all of us at Fuze we hope you have a wonderful time over the festive period!