Do you celebrate “religious” holidays like Easter, Valentine’s Day and Christmas? Why? Why not?
My secular family has always put up Christmas trees, and I’ve been a carol fan from the get go (religious ones just as much as non). By the way, one of best albums is the one Leonard Bernstein & NY Philharmonic did with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Christmas is too fun of a time to leave it to Christians to monopolize. And countries like Japan enjoy the practice too without any of its religious connotations being endorsed.
Easter was less important, though did do the egg coloring thing as a kid, and chomping on chocolate bunnies. Valentine’s day less important still.
It’s interesting you didn’t mention Halloween, which also had religious roots but has been so overlayed It’s interesting you didn’t mention Halloween, which also had religious roots but has been so overlayed with secular practices that many forget that (though would be more noticeable in other countries where the Christian religious calendar is more actively followed culturally.
Idaho in the ‘80s and ‘90s and into the early years of this century became an “end-of-the-road” destination, the northern, western state where all roads metaphorically end, collecting the wackaloons and nutcases — and worse — who were fleeing other parts of the country in search of religious fundamentalism and their version of racial purity.