Hi all, I've been an occasional 'lurker' on here, but wanted to introduce myself. And hopefully get some advice!
I was raised Catholic, my DH went to church rarely when he was growing up (a Christian church, not sure what denomination), and became Catholic before we got married.
Having kids led us to start questioning everything - from the care we received while pregnant to our birthing choices to diapers, food, parenting, etc.
Most recently our BIG questions (that have been harder to answer) are education and religion/spirituality.
We've pretty much realized we aren't Christian. We sometimes attend our local UU, but work schedules and distance don't allow us to participate as much as we'd like.
At times I'm just feeling so overwhelmed with all the questions I have, and the pressure I feel to know what I believe. (Not that anyone is actually pressuring me, just that I grew up 'knowing' exactly what to believe and I'm not used to, well, figuring it out myself.)
Especially when it's near Christian holidays that I grew up celebrating (and our families still celebrate), I feel the need to learn what holidays our family wants to celebrate and how we should go about it.
I often read about people 'honoring' certain holidays, but what does that mean? Acknowledging that you don't share that religion's beliefs but still following it's traditions? Finding your own meaning in the holiday? Celebrating the historical holiday?
I don't expect anyone to go through and answer all these questions for me. :) But maybe a gentle push in the right direction? Some good books to read? Documentaries? Websites? Sharing the story of your family's spiritual journey?
Maybe all I need to hear is that I'm not alone.