Friday Minute: Blending secular, religious Christmas traditions

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  • michaelm Waukesha, WI
    Dec. 16, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    I honestly don't get the excitement and controversy popular today about getting rid of Santa or the trappings of the holiday tradition. My family has never had a problem separating the Birth of Christ and centering our celebrations around that from the point of the secular part which for most people is about generosity and togetherness. Gifts are secondary to all but the most jaded and selfish, Santa gets in the way only if you've been over emphasizing it in the past The guilt of gift giving in excess has never been our problem even when our kids were small.

    We don't go into debt of Christmas, birthdays or weddings. I know to many that is anti consumerism, but thats your problem if you have let it take control.

    Kids are surprising supportive of focusing on service, family, and the Savior if they have been raised all year to be focused on these things. As far as others, I rarely spend money on anyone other than family, a few peers at work and my employees, and even then they are simple inexpensive tokens not expensive statements.

    Having problems with the secularism Christmas? It might be you that needs fixing.

  • wjutjck Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 16, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Great article. I also believe that Santa, Christmas Trees and Decorations can peacefully co-exist in our lives and homes. Jesus Christ and his birth are a central theme in our home also.