Jodi - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )
I am Agnostic, I believe in *a* God, but I don't follow any one religion, there are bits and pieces of just about all religions I can relate to though. Recently, I have been called hypocritical among other names (by family and "friends") because I celebrate Christmas without being Christian. Here's what Christmas is like for me, I think the lights and Christmas tree, the decorations, Santa and the magic, everything about it is beautiful and wonderful. I celebrate togetherness, family, love, giving, hope and magic...I do not celebrate the birth of Jesus or anything religious (although I do thank God for my famil and life). Apparently I am blasphemous?
Beyond Christmas, I do own a menora, they are beautiful and I love mine, but I'm not Jewish. I have a figurine of Buddha in my room because I find it interesting, I'm not buddhist. Owning a prayer rug doesn't make me Muslim, eating Chinese food doesn't make Chinese, speaking Spanish doesn't make me Mexican OR Spanish, belly dancing for fun doesn't make me Macedonian, owning a Pipe Stone doesn't make me Native American.
I guess my question is, is it acceptable to YOU for someone to celebrate, in their own way, any holiday they choose? Isn't it more about the idea, the belief and the faith you put behind the holiday more than just a religious title? I know MANY people who celebrate Christmas and claim to be Catholic, yet never attend church or teach their children the religious meaning behind the holiday, how is that better than me? Just curious to see what people think of this, and if anyone else celebrates any holidays without being of that religion?