It's a part of the religion that I supposedly practice, but I don't celebrate it for that reason because it's too ridiculous for me to celebrate the birth of Jesus when I'm aware he was born probably in April and it was only set in December to make it easier for pagans to transition to Christianity. Therefore I celebrate Christmas because it's tradition, and for secular reasons. If I'm going to celebrate Jesus's birth, I'm going to do it in April because I like being accurate. Maybe I'm weird.
Reader beware: I did not proof read and I am really just ranting on and on. This may or may not go against your beliefs I am just presenting true facts.
Yes, I celebrate.
First of all I am not an atheist(against god) or a theist(for god), more agonistic but I use that loosely because I do not want to be constrained to the box of agonistic beliefs I like to think for myself. And here are my thoughts...
I do not believe in religion. We as humans are animals and can not determine if there is a god with out reasonable doubt. There are many gods for many cultures and your religion could be drastically different if you are born in a different region on the globe. So it is like your beliefs are just dependent on where you are born and to just follow what you are raised with blindly by faith is not really thinking for your self. If you study philosophy and sociology you would understand better what religion is and why people follow. What I have discovered from studying the two subjects is that people who are religious either follow because they are sad inside and have no hope, or follow just because they have not been exposed to anything other than the religion they were raised with and are too afraid to think otherwise because it is against their families beliefs, also the bible that most Christians follow is the king James version or based on it and it is called the king James version because he hired writers to edit the bible and I do not want to follow something that has conflict of interests, also I think people follow because it has good lessons to learn about morals and life lessons but you can learn more by taking classes like marriage and family classes or sociology and philosophy classes if you want to learn about what is right and wrong. I could go on and on but really just the fact that families lie to there children and say a certain religion is the only way with out showing them all the paths that people follow and showing pros and cons of each path stains the name of religion also an invisible man floating around everywhere but you can not see him and can turn water into wine... maybe this is true but you can not prove it. I am not an atheist or a theist I am more agonistic meaning I do not think you can prove either way. Religion has pros and cons but I choose to think for my self and not follow blindly with faith.
I do celebrate Christmas even though I can not believe god or Jesus exists because my family does and I like to be with my family well some of them. Also I have done since I was born and its fun. There is food and presents.
However presents makes another conflict of interest. Corporate profits. I think the best Christmas gifts are not consumerist objects that are bought with money but things that mean something that do not just fill a quota like grandma spend 50 dollars and uncle ted spends 25 so I can get something for 75 if they work together to get me that new thing they are advertising on tv. But rather things that have meaning and are surprising to the recipient. Like remembering what they like from way back when or a memory you share with them and getting something that resembles that but that does not mean you can not spend money it just has to mean something. I myself do not spend money really on gifts but I do receive gifts that cost cash and I try to make the gift myself or find something that would surprise them with out breaking the bank, btw I have no job.
And one last point Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, and I see very few people doing anything pertaining to the birth of Jesus.
Reader beware: I might have made some mistakes in my ranting and did not proof read.