I have been following one of my blog postings on Yahoo! Shine and of course, being the button-pusher I am, I inadvertently started the conversation on Christ and Christmas. It truly was unintentional, as I was giving ideas on how to show children the real meaning of Christmas (basically, Jesus was born and he told us to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and all those wonderful acts of charity that make our world better). Only, I did not mention the “Jesus was born” part, just the taking care of others. I was raised Roman Catholic, and admit I have not been to church in a while. However, I do want my son to know there is a God, but I really want him to have faith in something bigger than we can see on earth. I am no expert on the subject (8 years of Catholic school and all I really remember is a nun throwing a protractor at us and how to say the Hail Mary in under 10 seconds), but I wonder what is the best way to teach our kids about faith? Is it going to a big church, praying, and singing with others? Or is it helping out in a soup kitchen? I really don’t know the answer, but I am sure there are many opinions.
For me, regardless of whether I go to church or not, I still believe in God. I know I have done many stupid things in my life and I really should not be alive right now, but God had a plan for me and it was not to skid off the road when I was driving too fast or being hit by a car when I was not looking. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that regardless of your religious belief, Christmas is a time of family and giving. I don’t really remember too much of the Christmas mass when I was growing up (except for the one my brother slept through and I was very annoyed), but I do remember gathering with our aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents every Christmas Eve and knowing that was really something special. Those memories and traditions still bring a smile to my face. I hope you have the same happiness this holiday season.
Merry Christmas everyone – and Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, a late Happy Hanukkah, and every other celebration out there.