From "Christmas Is a Wonderful, Secular Holiday" by Rich Juzwiak:
Late in my teens, I stopped attending church. There were all kinds of reasons for this, but even the most politically righteous ones (where to begin: the Catholic church's inherent anti-gay stance, its allowance of child abuse, its institutionalized misogyny) didn't hold a votive candle to the simple fact that I left church because it was fucking boring. Whiling away the hour in church on Christmas was a metaphor for my general relationship to organized religion—I was really just waiting for it all to be over.
I never stopped loving Christmas, though. To me it's a secular holiday, and its importance in my life is unwavering.Read more on Gawker.