How I Learned to Let Go of My Christmas Guilt
At just four years of age, my son is already showing signs of an affliction. This particular condition usually begins with symptoms of wonder and enchantment during Christmastime. It progresses to profound longing for the Christmas experience and, later, as it becomes clear that one does not and likely will not celebrate Christmas, it may lead to resentment as the holiday takes on a life of its own each year.
It’s a story as old as time–or at least as old as the 4th century C.E. when the earliest Christmas celebrations were recorded–the Jewish kid wants to celebrate Christmas. Many Jews suffer from this condition and in that respect, my son can find comfort with his tribe, but I feel regret that he may have inherited this predisposition from me–and worse, that my response to his yearnings for inclusion in the “most wonderful time of the year” may have exacerbated the allure of this colorful, sparkly holiday.>> Read More