Re: Husband says no more Christmas Tree, Santa, Easter, kids upset
I was raised Roman Catholic. My dad was in seminary for a couple years. He was pretty good about keeping us on the straight and narrow as far as the church was concerned, following some of the rules that were determined to be no longer valid(?). ETA: Which means he was a little stricter than most parents due to the old rules. end ETA. Anyway, we did put up a tree and had a manger under it. We also had a train under it and a small village. We had a Santa figurine that was placed on a short wall for decoration. We put ugly red plastic, lighted wreaths in the living room windows. We did not kneel and pray or worship at the tree or the figurine or the wreaths. They were decorations only and we were told that specifically. It was explained to us at a young age. Decorations did not make any of us fall away from the church.
While I understand the concern, I tend to think it's a bit of paranoia and a sort of mindset that doesn't allow for the intelligence of children and adults. What I don't like about it is the commercialization. Yeah, I think there needs to be advertising. Folks need jobs and this isn't such a horrible thing. I just think there is so much pressure on parents, weaker and poorer folks set about robbing and stealing to meet the expectations placed on them by society and commercials. Those are what bother me because people actually get hurt and that's absolutely not the message of Christmas. Sad that the real message can't be delivered to all without offending.
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