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  •  I am not a Christian, but Christmas to me is still (5+ / 0-)

    a special time.

    I celebrate it as a societal holiday; about family, and the past, and childhood (and the child in all of us that never grows up) and the gifts that aren't just in wrapping paper but are presence and thoughtfulness and kindness, forbearance and love.

    And I am pagan....the tree is ours, we too have a Mother and Child at this time of year, the carols are lovely, and Santa is magic. Plus, everything's shut down. Why not celebrate with our families who ARE Christian, and show love instead?

    I celebrated the solstice already, in my own fashion. That's between me and the Gods.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 05:00:00 PM PST

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      My daughter just attended a Winter Solstice Party.  I don't think I can claim to be a Pagan or anyone who practices any religion but I have admired some of what I have learned about many religions.  I think the Greeks, with their God's that represented various emotions, were pretty cool.  I think it might have been why people of different beliefs could get alone with one another.  Monotheism seems to create a stage for war and conflict doesn't it.

      But even in Christianity there is some good things.  Just like in other beliefs.  

      I think the part of any religion that inspires one to change themselves and grow is good.  But the part of religion that chose to judge others can be bad.  No child inherits the sin and punishment for another.  That is just crazy.

      Thank you for the Christmas Tree, the Yule log, the Mistletoe, Birthday celebrations and more...

       

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