Thursday, December 16, 2004

Christmas, just another weird tradition

Obviously Christ wasn't born on December 25th. Almost all of the traditions we celebrate at Christmas are founded in pagan rituals, or miss-readings of the scriptures.

I asked myself the question, "If that's the case, then why celebrate Christmas?" Sure there's the answer about good will, peace on earth, the spirit of giving, and we don't want to have our neighbors think bad of us if we don't.

I then thought about traditions themselves. Traditions have always been important. They have been a binding force, keeping families and generations together. Much of our religious activities are based on tradition rather than actual proscribed doctrinal proceedure. We see the way we conduct and worship at our meetings change, yes we are given direction but different areas develop local or regional traditions based on those changes. (Does your ward / stake require...overly encourage wearing white shirts on Sunday?)

I think traditions are good. They do bind us together as a people. I reflected on the traditions of Christmas and then our family traditions. We have special family traditions, many that revolve around Christmas that bring fond memories and bind our family. (Remember the special gifts Dad would give on Christmas eve, the P.J.s mom would give, how about never having to hide presents because no one ever peeked, or not going down to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning until 8am, or visiting friends Christmas night....remember, oh remember.)

This blog is just to jog your memories, think about the importance of traditions in your life, and cherish those traditions that bind your family together, especially at this time of year when they all point to love, family and Jesus Christ.