Re: Husband says no more Christmas Tree, Santa, Easter, kids upset
Our family is Christian, and we have never gone all out celebrating the pagan Christian holidays. We ignored them during the first years of our marriage. As we began having children, they noticed their friends doing Christmas, while we were not.
What we have done is keep the Feasts of the Lord (also called the Jewish feasts) and learned the symbolism in them that points to the Messiah, Jesus, who came and fulfilled some of them. We were celebrating Hanukkah and Passover around the same time everyone else was celebrating Christmas and Easter. We talked about Jesus, a lot during these feasts! Our children's secular and Christian friends wondered if we were Christians or Jews. To put our own children's minds at ease, we gave a Christmas a gift at Christmas, but left the real celebrating for Hanukkah. We gave a "Resurrection gift" on Easter morning, but really celebrated the Passover and Feast of Unleavened bread.
You have to be careful to not get brainwashed by a Messianic cult leader, and not believe everything that is said, however. Do your own research on the feasts and traditions that go with them, or you will find yourself substituting Christian Paganism for Jewish Rabbinical Tradition, based on Mysticism.
God loves a party, but just make sure that party is not mixing in paganism. Remember what he did to the Israelites when they made that Golden calf and said,"Now let's dedicate to the Lord and have a feast to the Lord." He destroyed them. Dedicating a pagan thing to God does not make it holy, or fool God.
It is a lot of work to really know what you are doing and why you are doing it (researching if the tradition/ritual is biblical, or is it Rabbinical traditional based on mysticism?) but we were very blessed by celebrating the feasts...and there were plenty to observe, and which point to Christ, or correspond to things that happened later in Christianity. We are doing them less now, and our children have begun asking if we can celebrate them again. They were very rich in meaning and tradition.
Last edited by Araucaria; 02-07-2014 at 11:02 PM.