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And yes, I'm keeping the "Christ" in Christmas.
I recognize and respect others' religious and / or cultural celebrations. But I can't tell you how tired I am of watching all (3) of my children go through the school system over the years, bringing home loads of information on Kwanza and Hanukkah and other religious and/or cultural celebrations of December, but nothing other than a ditto puzzle "Santa" sheet to represent Christmas.
I asked my eldest (who is now in her last year of middle school) what she was taught about Christmas in Elementary school. She said they didn't really talk about it other than it's when Santa comes and brings presents. When I expressed my disapproval in the school system's poor representation of the holiday we celebrate, she told me "But Mom, you can't have religion in school." Right, I know that. Yet the info from my youngest daughter's Hanukkah sheet brought home just yesterday discusses how the Maccabees fought for religious freedom and to recover their temple and the miracle of the oil lamp remaining lit for eight days when there had only been enough oil for one day.
And what of the miracle of Christmas? I don't feel a fat man with a sack full of toys is equal representation.
Well, anyway, moving on . .
This little angel ornament was on the first baby gift given to my mother upon my birth. It was my mom's best friend who gave it to her. As I grew into a toddler, she would give me "airplane" rides when she'd come visit and make me laugh.
Worn and tattered though she is, I've treasured this little angel all my life and bring her out each Christmas.
Also by Natalie S
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