An atheist’s Christmas tree ornament tattoo

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Chris Stedman's wizard Christmas tree ornament tattoo. Illustration by Lauren Pettapiece.

Chris Stedman's wizard Christmas tree ornament tattoo. Illustration by Lauren Pettapiece. Courtesy Chris Stedman.

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As an atheist who grew up in a nonreligious household that celebrated Christmas with gusto—for us it was about food, family, and Santa, but not about Jesus—I’ve always loved the holiday. As a child this was partially due to the “magic” of the season—such as the year we found pieces of cotton strewn about the […]

  • Dudley Jones

    I remember one Christmas Eve long ago, looking up at my grandmother, “Silent Night” playing on a radio somewhere nearby, a wonderful memory.

    Happy Birthday Jesus!

  • Ian Clark

    Chris,

    This is a lovely piece, thank you for sharing it. One of the most important concepts to remember this time of year (and something which I think you’ve captured well) is respect. No matter our religious orientations, none of us have a monopoly on the truth. In the grand scheme of things, all of us are little children in a world we don’t fully understand, but should fully embrace with wonder. While all of us may differ within our beliefs, we shouldn’t lose sight of the need for cooperation, love, joy, and peace.