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Christmas, just another weird tradition

Don - December 16, 2004

Obviously Christ wasn’t born on December 25th. Almost all of the traditions we celebrate at Christmas are founded in pagan rituals, or miss-readings of the scriptures.

I asked myself the question, “If that’s the case, then why celebrate Christmas?” Sure there’s the answer about good will, peace on earth, the spirit of giving, and we don’t want to have our neighbors think bad of us if we don’t.

I then thought about traditions themselves. Traditions have always been important. They have been a binding force, keeping families and generations together. Much of our religious activities are based on tradition rather than actual proscribed doctrinal proceedure. We see the way we conduct and worship at our meetings change, yes we are given direction but different areas develop local or regional traditions based on those changes. (Does your ward / stake require…overly encourage wearing white shirts on Sunday?)

I think traditions are good. They do bind us together as a people. I reflected on the traditions of Christmas and then our family traditions. We have special family traditions, many that revolve around Christmas that bring fond memories and bind our family. (Remember the special gifts Dad would give on Christmas eve, the P.J.s mom would give, how about never having to hide presents because no one ever peeked, or not going down to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning until 8am, or visiting friends Christmas night….remember, oh remember.)

This blog is just to jog your memories, think about the importance of traditions in your life, and cherish those traditions that bind your family together, especially at this time of year when they all point to love, family and Jesus Christ.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks, Dad! I was hoping to write/see a blog on Christmas traditions — specifically hoping to hear some favorite holiday traditions of everyone out there. As I begin to establish family traditions for my own children, I am always looking for more and better ideas. So please share!

    One I heard recently I’d like to try: a separate, smaller tree decorated only in things relating to Christ and the Nativity, under which family members place their gift to Jesus for the coming year in the form of a written goal scrolled up and tied in ribbon. Another fun idea: a Santa look-alike contest (using shaving cream) on Christmas Eve, followed of course by photo documentation of the winner(s).

    A favorite from childhood: gathering in Mom and Dad’s bed on Christmas morning until everyone was together, then going downstairs to see our gifts all at the same time.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
    Amy | Email | Homepage | 12.17.04 – 12:32 am | #

    You make me want to write a post concering traditions in general. (now that finals are over, maybe I can! Yea!) But, I guess to sum up my thoughts on tradition, I think they are good and binding, like you said, as long as we do not place tradition in front of doctrine.
    Bret | Email | Homepage | 12.17.04 – 4:29 pm | #

    Merry Christmas and Happry Boxing Day everyone!>8p
    Bret | Email | Homepage | 12.17.04 – 4:30 pm | #

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