I grew up in an interesting household. We had all the cultural trappings of two religions, Judaism and Christianity, even though nobody seriously believed in the stuff. We had Christmas trees, menorahs, Easter egg hunts, matzoh, prayers in Hebrew, and Christmas lights. It was a big, fun, mishmash, and I’m glad for the experiences because I have lots of fond memories to reminisce upon. But, now that I’m older, I want to do something that expresses my own beliefs, not something that expresses beliefs I do not share.
Judging by retail outlets, Christmas is right around the corner, so I’ve started thinking about what I could do with Christmas lights that wouldn’t be mistakable. I’ve seen some Jews in my area string up blue lights in combination with a large mock menorah, thus proving it’s possible to use strings of little lights in a way that is unambiguously not Christian (and really, Christians cannot claim to have a monopoly on lights). So what works well as an atheist holiday light display?
I’m having trouble coming up with something. My best idea so far is a red A made by cutting a large letter A out of plywood, painting it white, and covering it with strings of red lights. It’d basically be a lighted version of this design:
The problem is that most people won’t know what it means. Even some fellow atheists I’ve talked to weren’t aware of this symbolism. I suppose atheism just doesn’t have good symbols like religions — but c’mon, we should! If anyone can come up with a good idea for my holiday lights display, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, I guess I’ll just go with the A.