I was on an atheist forum some time ago and one of the regulars, an atheist, revealed a very personal experience in his life which involved the stillbirth of his child and his own difficulty with his wife having told their young child that her stillborn sibling had gone to heaven. He asked theists and atheists what they thought.
On a predominately atheist forum I was the only one that expressed advice to him which suggested that he raise some objection and inform his young daughter of an opposing viewpoint. Most of the atheists were of the opinion that it was a natural and harmless way of preventing any unnecessary pain and loss of innocence to the surviving child as well as the atheist mother.
A discussion followed where I explained that the Bible didn't teach that all good people go to heaven and that the child should be, as I mentioned, exposed to other perspectives in order to make an informed decision. I also questioned the importance of other myths of a predominately Christian nature having been adopted by apostate Christianity from pagan sources. Easter and Christmas. All of the atheists on the forum also agreed that these were harmless cultural practices for the enjoyment of families with young children.
When I was growing up as an atheist my family celebrated Christmas and to a lesser extent Easter and stuff like the tooth fairy and birthdays but always with the knowledge that these things were harmless fun. I never believed in Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy even at a very early age.
At the age of 16, over a decade before I would become a believer, I stopped celebrating birthdays and Christmas. It was an incredible relief. I've never looked back. The Jehovah's Witnesses did the same fairly early on in their history.
When I first started to study the Bible I decided to attend the meeting of the local Jehovah's Witnesses who I thought were as close to the truth as religion can get and was pleasantly surprised when they discussed, with children present, some very young, a portion of the Bible that was of an extremely disturbing nature. The multiple rape, murder and dismemberment of a woman. I thought that it was right that children shouldn't be deceived and sheltered from the truth.
Do you agree? What part does mythology play in your lives? Do you say good luck? Celebrate Christmas and Easter with your family? Teach your children that myths are true?