Although I confess that I am an atheist, I have much in common with those of the Christian religion. Nearly all of the values that are prized by those of faith: honesty, family, forgiveness, duty, honor, I share with you. Each of those values are ideals that we can hang on to during the times that are here, and through the tougher times that are coming. It is through our love of each other that we will be able to get through the times to come.

It is during this, the holiest of the holidays of the Christian faith, that we pause to reflect on our lives and the things that we hold dear. We need to be with family and cherish those who are most important to us. I have spent time this Christmas with my wife, my daughter, and my grandchildren. My life is going well, financially, romantically, and otherwise. I have much to be thankful for, and I am in a better position that the vast majority of humanity. I have a wife who loves me, a roof over my head, and I am not worried about whether or not I will be able to eat today. For just those simple things, I am better off than the majority of humanity.

Here is my hope to all of you that you find yourselves just as blessed, just as happy. Spend today with your families and enjoy the time that you have together, for there will come a time when that is no longer the case. Love those close to you. Spend time. Make memories.

Most of all, have a Merry Christmas. Even if you aren’t a Christian. Take a day off from worrying about the state of the world, our country, and just worry about yourself and your family. The world of worry will still be there waiting tomorrow. Until then, let’s hope for at least one more day of peace on Earth and goodwill towards our fellow man.

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BobF · December 25, 2022 at 5:51 am

I don’t think or believe one must be religious to have strength of character. The very best of a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Big Ruckus D · December 25, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Merry Christmas to yoy and yours, DM. And thanks to you as well, for hauling the weight of providing medical care on a day like today. Especially in light of the recent garbage you’ve been run through.

Bad Dancer · December 25, 2022 at 1:22 pm

Very well written and I’ll raise a toast to you for it. Wishing you and yours a day of festive fun and happiness.

joe · December 25, 2022 at 3:11 pm


Danny · December 25, 2022 at 4:43 pm

God bless you and your family and have a peaceful holiday.

D · December 26, 2022 at 11:31 am

Reminds me of something a Rabbi said that I will horribly misquote:

Which is more astonishing? Someone who believes in God, an eternal reward, and damnation to hell going to care for a patient on their deathbed–or someone who is an atheist…who has no fear of punishment nor reward for their actions going and comforting the sick and dying?

Echo Hotel · December 26, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Divemedic!

CelticGirl424 · December 26, 2022 at 12:54 pm

Merry Christmas!!!

nones · December 27, 2022 at 7:52 am

I can identify. I was raised in a church going family. I was not much more than knee high when I was dropped off in a Sunday school class. I didn’t like the whole vibe, the way I had to dress and act. The day of reckoning came when I was about 15 and realized that I had 4″ and 50 lbs on my father. I explained to dad that if he could somehow put me in that car then I was going to church. Otherwise I was through with the experience. Life might have been easier though, if I had been able to just go along, believing in, as Daniel Tosh put it, “a white guy with a beard that lives in the clouds and grants wishes”. I kind of envy people that believe in the word. In spite of my feelings I have always tried to live by the golden rule.

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