Our first year without celebrating Christmas ended quite well. The children didn't even notice. We spent several days at a cabin cooking meals on a woodstove, playing games, sledding, and bonding. What I have come to realize is being honest with the kids about why we are making these changes and then filling the void with family time is a step in the right direction. I think our children really just want our time. That one on one with them engaging with them and playing with them is what memories are made of. When we told our kids what we were eliminating this year the first thing they asked is, "are we not getting presents"? That response right there tells me that children really don't care about the "why" we are celebrating but the "me" aspect of the holiday and believe me we talk about Christ in our home and it still has this me, me me, effect. I know that each year this season will look different as our family grows closer to Christ. After all isn't that the goal?
There are big changes happening in our family. The more you draw near to the Lord the more you want nothing of the world and its hypocrisies and lies. This is true for us with the holidays. Amid my time trying to get this website up and running I have been trying to figure out what to do with the holidays. In the last couple of months I have come to realize that the only holiday that does not have pagan (idol worship) roots is Thanksgiving. When I brought this new revelation to my husband he says to me, "Renie, we knew this. This is nothing knew." As I thought back to our earlier years of marriage I remembered him telling me we should not celebrate the holidays and it would be harder to get rid of when we had children. I wished I would have listened to him. The one that is the hardest for me to get over is Christmas. I recently realized (apparently for the second time) that December 25th is the day in which Tammuz's birthday is and is actually celebrating the birth of a false god which in turn is really celebrating the birth of satan. When I watched the videos that shed light on this holiday and many others I was disgusted with myself for being fooled, and thinking that it was ok to celebrate something evil as long as we put a Christian name to it. The Bible tells us in 2Kings 17:33 that Israel worshiped the Lord but "served their own gods" which is one of the reasons that led to the punishment from God and they went into captivity. Reading the chapter you will find out that they celebrated the holidays, or holydays, of the nations around them even to the point of sacrificing their children on the altar, verse 31. I do not want to sacrifice my children on the alter of these pagan holidays so we are making new traditions and casting off the old cankered ones. This is a process and we are still trying to figure things out. If you want to understand us and why we are doing what we are doing you can watch these links. The last video gives you ideas on what to do for alternatives, which was really nice for me. I am choosing not to be ruled by fear and move forward knowing that God is bigger than these holidays and will fill our family with Him as we search for truth and walk by faith.
May God Bless you,