Originally Posted by tbone_kneegrabber
one thing I'm thinking about is that we don't celebrate christmas, and I was wondering what people who don't celebrate christmas at all do? If you are Jewish or Hindi or Muslim etc, do you just say "some people believe Santa brings them presents like we believe that..."
I just feel like Santa and the belief in Santa is treated by some with more reverence than other religious beliefs. People are so upset when kids don't or stop believing in Santa or when they "spoil" it for other kids. I mean what if my kid said "i don't believe in god" would that spoil a playmate's christmas?
I don't know if i'm making sense, but I feel like I would be allowed to say "I don't/ our families doesn't believe in Jesus" to someone else, but not "I don't/ we don't believe in Santa" because not believing in Santa cast doubt for the child and then they might not believe anymore and I would "spoil their magic"
We are Baha'i. Our Faith embraces the messages of unity and peace all religions braodcast, with the unifying principle that all messages and faiths come from the same one source, coupled with a fundamental harmony between science and religion.
Baha'is aren't instructed not
to do holidays from other Faiths, just to make sure we also
put some focus on our own holidays... almost all world-faiths are embraced, and since our family is multi-cultural as well as Baha'i, we celebrate multiple holidays. My family is mostly atheist and agnostic, dh's is Jewish. Some of my fam is Catholic...
We teach dd that God may be the easiest (shortest) description for the vastness of a divine and eloquent universe that can never fully be understood. We teach her that God is Love, and it is in her heart and all around.
We explain that Xmas is one holiday among many that celebrates the messengers of Love, Peace, and Unity that humans have needed to remember that we're all One People, here working together. Messengers like Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Baha'u'llah, Abdu'l'baha, and Zororaster...
Originally Posted by Melian
We don't do Santa. Not because we're not christian (witchy me, and agnostic DH) but because in our country Santa isn't originally connected to christmas. We have Sinterklaas on December 5th with the present (st Nicholas). Christmas is more about the solstice in our home. A light festival.
We teach dd that Santa Claus is an American
Tradition. She has been told that there are a number of differing stories and characters in different countries... each is a representation of the Spirit of Chistmas, which is about the celebration of messages illuminating Love, Peace, Unity, togetherness, family, and giving. She has been told that the Spirit of Xmas is hard at work in the world, and the guys in the Santa suits aren't really Santa, but helpers whose job it is to build Xmas cheer. And when Santa comes to our house on Xmas Eve, it's the Spirit of Xmas filling the house with joy... and the next morning she will get to open presents.
She also celebrates Channuka, Naw Ruz, Ayami'ha, and we acknowledge Kwanza, Ramadan, Yule, Solstice, New Year and Chinese New Year.
Dd went to see a Santa and had her picture taken with him. She loved it. She's four. She thinks his fave colors are red and white and that's why he wears those colors. She thinks he is coming to our house to fill the stockings with candy (where she got that idea, I dunno....) and that she will feel all the warm love all through the whole house and it will wake her up so she can come downstairs and have cocoa and open presents...