Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"You get Santa Claus and I don't......"

I intend no insult towards anyone or their beliefs. This post is meant solely for discussion purposes. I would also like to wish a belated Happy Chanukkah to everyone who celebrated! Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

"You get Santa Claus and I don't... He doesn't come to our house" pouted my little friend down the street.

I was about 10 years old. She was about 8. I didn't understand and neither did she.

I grew up with a large population of Jewish families and Catholic families. I didn't understand what Jewish was for a long time. As far as I was concerned we went to different churches and ate different food. It wouldn't be until 9th grade when I adamantly entered our township's public school system (I had been through 8 years of Catholic school already) that I would begin to learn what Judaism really was.

I never blog about religion and very carefully discuss it among people I don't know. I have very personal beliefs about religion. I consider myself to be spiritual but not religious. Mainly because, as far as I know, there is no religion or definition for what I believe and I honestly haven't experimented enough with foreign religions, ie, Buddhism....

Many people complain about the commercialism of Christmas and I don't deny that at all. Do children know what they are celebrating at Christmas? Do adults? I wonder how many people actually attend a Christian service on Christmas? What do you think? It reminds me of the one Sex in the City episode. The one where Charlotte celebrates her last Christmas before becoming Jewish for Harry. Could you give up you Santa? Could you give up the presents for another person, or for your religion? Do you think that it's too commercial and has lost almost all of it's origin? Is it too materialistic?


  1. Since I am not religious, I wouldn't have a problem adopting my partner's religion - if he had one that required adopting, that is. As we have gotten older, we've become less and less obsessed with the perfect Christmas and now just look forward to having time off and spending it with family. I really wish that other spiritual and religion traditions were given equal 'airtime' and acknowledgment because I'm always looking for a good excuse to eat different foods, have fun and meet new and interesting people. Aren't we all? - G

  2. My ex-stepdad's family was Jehovas Witness when I was a kid...they had the tree and did Christmas for the grandkids, but when my ex-stepdad was a kid they skipped it altogether. I can't imagine what that would have been like. They don't do bdays either.

  3. Georgina, I agree. I would love to experience other religions festivities and food... but without the high sales pressure of joining just a peaceful sharing of good will among all. I feel like "that" is what Christmas is about and who knows, maybe that's what the message was supposed to be all along. I do think that the religions who don't make joining high pressure actually are more inviting in that way.

    Steph, I couldn't imagine it either. Not celebrating Christmas is foreign to me and bdays is crazy but I have heard of that before.

    I know a few different people who are jewish but still celebrate Christmas. I think it's great. Every child should have the opportunity to experience Christmas. Just as I am so glad I've had the opportunity to celebrate Channukah and Passover.