I am not Pagan. I am not Christian. I am an atheist. And yet I still celebrate Solstice and Christmas. I do this not because of any mystical beliefs or in remembrance of ancient mythology. I do it because I appreciate symbolism and enjoy creating meaningful memories and traditions with my family. I don’t need a divine reason to do so.
I know I also don’t need a holiday but it helps create the feeling of a connection to something larger. As we celebrate we know that a lot of other people in the world are also taking time on the same day to create some meaningful memories of their own. As fellow citizens of humanity we prepare together, we anticipate together, we celebrate together. We are connected not because of a supernatural being but because of our common desire to be so. I am so awestruck by this idea that bringing a god into it seems almost cheap.