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Am I a fraud?

Friday, December 7th, 2007

I’m not very fond of Christmas. The pervasive sense of materialism combined with obnoxious Christmas carols for a good month leading up to the holiday leave me with a foul taste in my mouth. Fortunately, the materialistic part doesn’t really apply to my family, but it’s especially unavoidable this time of year overall. And I’m an atheist, so the religious aspect of Christmas doesn’t apply or appeal to me, either.

However, I put some Christmas lights on my old mountain bike. Does this make me a fraud? Sarah says no, but I’m not so sure.

Bike with xmas lights
My old mountain bike, repurposed as a commuter, with Christmas lights

I feel a little weird riding around with the lights turned on. So far, they’ve attracted nothing but positive attention in the form of a few people shouting, “I like your lights!” as I ride past. And truth be told, I don’t completely hate Christmas. I like the time with family. That’s what it’s about to me. I like the lights downtown by the square and tastefully-done lights on people’s houses.
Basically, when you get down to it, I like things that light up, and I like putting things on my bike. So I put the lights on my bike. Does this make me a fraud?

Side note: one nice side-effect of the lights is that they make me much more visible on the road. I like to think of them as a safety feature.

Action shot of bike with xmas lights
Action shot with the Christmas lights

6 Responses to “Am I a fraud?”

  1. Noah, king of unethical roadside repairs Says:

    Careful with those. I got a warning last year for a similar law in MO:
    http://www.ai.org/legislative/ic/code/title36/ar8/ch12.html (search for “IC 36-8-12-11” )

    That said, As you know, I have something similar on my DB Outlook.

    No, it doesn’t make you a fraud. As a Christian, I can assure you that Christmas lights have absolutely nothing to do with my religion. There are so many acknowledged “holy” days this time of year in various religions, most of what Christmas has become is just a mash-up of many different traditions. As I really don’t make a big deal out of what anyone else believes, I say you could just call them “Festivus Lights” and you’d be all set.

  2. Ian Says:

    You are certainly nowhere close to being a fraud. I agree with Noah in which lights have zero to do with the actual holiday of Christmas.
    Last year I lined my entire frame with silver LED lights and got some great comments as well. The added bonus as you said was that everyone can see you and gives you a wide berth. I think the cars gave me the berth because they thought I was a little off due to all the lights on my bike.
    It works, it’s fun and holidays are about fun and family.

  3. i, squub Says:

    I don’t know from fraud. But that looks friggin’ awesome.

  4. Ron Says:

    Sweet! Reminds me of Knogs!

  5. Jett Says:

    The lights say FUN.

    It’s a sad commentary that our “Holy-Days” worship frivolous spending. Frivolous bike decorations are a completely different matter. Nothing but good (at least in most jurisdictions ).

  6. Bikeboy Says:

    Christmas has been commandeered by the retailers; every year it’s more disgusting than the one before. (Of course, historically Christmas is a melding of numerous philosophies, and happens to land in late December because that’s when the days start getting longer again.) Christmas is certainly NOT a religious celebration, for the vast majority. (Unless the twice yearly church visits – on Christmas and Easter – make it so, huh?)

    Your lights are awesome! (You’ll have to let me know if you get hassled by “the man” for impersonating an emergency vehicle. I doubt it’ll happen – bored cops like to stay inside their cars, this time of year.)

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