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The Secular 

6 people who define the holiday season
Ed Buckner, Atlanta Freethought Society

What's their deal 

"I lost my faith over a long period of time. My religious beliefs gradually died out. Although I see no harm in the secular parts of Christmas, most of the signs of Christian celebration are pagan anyways."

Ideal holiday meal

"Thanksgiving. It's a holiday where atheists and freethinkers get wrongly treated. People think we can't be thankful without believing in God. We should be giving thanks to the cooks and the farmers, not to some supernatural power."

Perfect gift

"My family stopped exchanging presents about 15 years ago as the commercial exchange became ridiculous. We wrote friends and asked to be removed from the gift list. If you have extra money, give it to a charity."

Where's the party?

"As human beings, we need ritual and celebration, but it doesn't need to be infused with belief in a supernatural being."

Feel-good activity

"Getting together with friends and relatives. It's important to maintain connections."

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