SaternaliaDec 24th, 2005
Christmas of the modern age seems to take many directions. Alot of it that we see is the Bling associated with the need to buy, compete with one another on who has the most/elaborate house decorations, and bicker whether it's an insult or not to actually say merry Christmas. You would start to think that nobody has a clue of what Christmas was really like in the traditional sense. Think back maybe 100 years ago, 200, 400, or 800 years ago, the farther back you go it would seem that there would be more meaning to it. At least back then there was St. Nick rather than the Coca-Cola created Santa Image.
In contemporary times I start to wonder how a child percieves the Christmas season, and frankly I get worried. I'd think having to raise a girl would be worse, seeing that toys and entertainment for them are bent on shopping, spending, and dressing, and trying to look like the sickly lip-injected Bratz doll line. Watching boy ads are no better, although it does take a different direction with the action & the blow-things-up mentality.
So out of curiosity on how a young child growing up amongst all this, I had asked my 4 year old boy what he thought Christmas was all about. I wasn't too suprised in getting the Santa, Lights, and presents response. So I decided to tell him the historical background to this particular holiday. He seemed to take interest in the fact it was a Birthday celebration of some sorts...That explained the presents. He also had some query's about this Jesus fellow who we celebrate this birthday for.
Now not being overly religious, I explained about the significance of this fellow, of what he symbolized to many people and about how he had been killed for the good of people, that's why we celebrated Christmas. Now explaining symbolism and sacrafice to a 4 year old is a little confusing I would guess, he still wasn't sure what all the fruckus was about for a guy that died and what had made him so special. So then I explained who many people believe is his father, and the one special thing he did for him after he died. So I explained that, "After being killed by being nailed on a cross, Jesus came back to life three days later."
He looked at me with shock, eyes wide, and says in awe " Jesus was a Zombie?!?!?"
Merry Christmas everyone