The Trouble with Christmas

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Photo of Tom wearing a black "Santa" hat that reads "Humbug" and menacing a Christmas ornament with a hammer.

Tom Flynn has been recounting the history of the year-end holidays – and offering his rollicking rationale for why secular humanists should just sit the merriment out – since his book The Trouble with Christmas came out in 1993. But 2010 is the first year that his presentation is fully illustrated in a lavish PowerPoint show containing more than 200 slides. (Fear not, as the angel never really said; some of those slides go by really, really fast.)

In “The Trouble with Christmas” Flynn will examine where our most treasured holiday traditions came from – from the Christ Child to Santa Claus, from the wassail bowl to the tannenbaum – and ask whether there’s still time to send them back. It’s an information-filled, thought-provoking, yet wildly funny audio-visual extravaganza. Missing this presentation would be like getting a lump of coal in your stocking!

Flynn is Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, Editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and Director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. He co-founded and was for thirteen years co-editor of the newsletter Secular Humanist Bulletin. He blogs in Washingtonpost.com’s “On Faith” section.

His presentation will be preceded by a Minnesota Atheists business meeting which will include the ratification of Andy Flamm’s appointment to fill a director-at-large position on the Board of Directors.

Please join us.

IF YOU GO

What:  Minnesota Atheists Monthly Meeting followed by Flynn’s presentation
Where:  Ridgedale Public Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
When:  Sunday, November 21
    1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social Time
    1:15-1:45 p.m. – Business Meeting
    1:45-2:00 p.m. – Social Time
    2:00-3:30 p.m. – Presentation
    4:00 p.m. – Dinner at:

 Wanderer’s Garden
    13059 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka

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