Category Archives: Holidays

“Crashing the Party”

by Clare Wuellner, board member of Foundation Beyond Belief I can’t remember where I read it, but sometime late last year, someone on-line posed the request: “Tell us about your non-theistic holiday traditions.” Our family has Christmas covered. My in-laws … Continue reading

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A Secular Easter, take two

by Amy Smith Three years ago Easter Sunday we attended our church just as we did every Sunday.  Only this Easter was different.  This year we were sitting in the pews not as fully committed members but rather as silent … Continue reading

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Secular Easter

by Amy Scott “When are you going to hide those eggs with jelly beans inside of them?” “Is the Easter bunny going to bring us something for Easter?” These are some of the recent questions posed to me by my … Continue reading

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Seeking Ritual, Seeking “Special”

by Janina Chamberlain My children are, at this very moment, writing and rewriting New Year’s Resolutions that they hope will shape their upcoming 2013.  In their lifetimes, neither I nor their father have ever made resolutions.  I’m sure I have … Continue reading

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More For Your Holiday: Try Chalica

by Evan Austin Christmas is in just a few weeks. That simple phrase about one of the most widely-celebrated holidays in the world can thrill us with sugary imaginings, wet our eyes with tender memories, choke us with consumer anxiety, … Continue reading

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Gift Books for Secular Families

by Mindy Rhiger Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday season has officially begun.  In another week or so, we will put up our Christmas tree, and I’ve already started thinking about gifts for my friends and family.  To be honest, … Continue reading

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Come to Jesus Cupcakes

by Noelle George The last few months I have been going to a weekly baby group hosted at the hospital where I delivered my daughter, Sonia.  Each week is a different topic, sometimes with a featured speaker and sometimes with … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Christmas

by Sunni Zuniga, Parenting Beyond Belief Austin In my Southern Baptist childhood home, Christmas was a big deal. A really big deal. It was filled with a mix of merriment otherwise eschewed and generosity not often seen. My dad was … Continue reading

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Tackling the Tough Topics

by Sharon Stanley, Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island A teacher and parent describes how she handles some difficult questions. Being an early childhood public school teacher, I am required to follow state standards and guidelines.  I am not required … Continue reading

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Ten Books for Secular and Progressive Families

by Bridget McKinney Reading is my own favorite pastime, and as my daughter grows it’s important to me to instill that same value in her. It’s also important for me to instill other values (chiefly skepticism, honesty, and open-mindedness) in … Continue reading

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