Originally Posted by jgallagher66
Right now I think that they think everyone looks at religion the way we
do as a sort of interesting cultural phenomena. They haven't really been exposed to anything different. I have told them they must respect others beliefs bit I'm just not sure they get it. My older kids did so I guess my younger ones will too.
Yes, that's kids. Children raised Christian think the Christmas story is true. They haven't really been exposed to anything different. Now, if only everyone would teach their children they must respect other's beliefs!! Including respecting atheists' beliefs. The world would be a very different place.
Originally Posted by newmamalizzy
I hope my title doesn't sound harsh. There's always a thread on here at Christmas time about whether or not to "do" Santa. I'm cool with Santa, but I'm not so sure how to handle the religious aspect of Christmas. I was raised Catholic, but am now agnostic bordering on atheist. But...I still think that the religious story of Christmas is as (more?) important as the Santa aspect, and I want my daughter (now 2.5) to have a good understanding of it. If I could, I would want her to see it as a myth, or a fable - a literature that has much to teach us, and value in and of itself. (I guess I must add here, that I put a lot of stock in the values that are imparted through literature. I take none of this lightly.) But I'm not sure how to present it that way, or if it even matters at an age where she'll just as easily believe in Santa and the Elves as she will in God and Jesus.
Also, my family is concerned for her religious upbringing. I allowed them to buy her a book called "The Story of Christmas", and a Little People nativity. She has thus far had fun making pizza for Jesus. There's still a part of me that feels like this is all so sacrosanct. And the book glosses over so much that I'm not sure how to handle that either.
Anyone have advice to offer here?
It may be that the agnostic/atheist part isn't entirely natural for you yet. And that's ok! You are a developing, evolving person.
IMO you are right, this doesn't matter for a 2.5 year old child. She isn't going to understand or care about the details of the baby Jesus story, yet. It's a bit like learning history or science in school. 1st grade history class is very simple compared to 12th grade history. However, if you're still into it and it still feels important, then I don't think it's wrong to, for example, find another children's Story of Christmas book that suits you better.
Winter solstice: last year was the first time we did this; I made a nice, sunshiny yellow butternut squash soup for dinner, and lit a lot of candles. I got the idea from someone here!
I like tradition and rituals. I like acknowledging the passage of the seasons. I think these sorts of rituals are really natural to humans. For a while when I decided I'm atheist I tried to eliminate all religious aspects from my life, to be more authentic. Well, that didn't feel right. I decided it's ok that I like to get caught up in moving Christmas carols, that I love the smell of incense, love lighting the advent candles. That's why we color eggs at Easter.