1. In what ways have your kids taken part in religious holidays/events with their non-Jewish family members?
My son’s grandfather and his wife celebrate Christmas. We have participated in non-religious Christmas dinners for all of the years of their lives. They have a Christmas tree every year, they decorate their house for Christmas, and they get lots of Christmas gifts to my sons. My ex’s extended family is largely Mormon and they live in very religious communities in Utah. We have spent some really nice time with this family for secular events, Mormon social events, and even funerals. In the religious Mormon community, even secular events involve prayer and references to Jesus. In this way, my sons have been exposed to a lot of different kinds of non-Jews and it has opened up a lot of interesting conversations.
2. Have your kids ever been confused about why certain relatives have a different religion and celebrate different holidays? Read the rest of this entry →