Growing up, we celebrated Christmas, but no one would have called us religious. We weren’t church-goers and chose to spend the days around Christmas with family and friends rather than at church. This doesn’t mean the holiday wasn’t special or that we didn’t have important traditions. We did, they just didn’t really center around the birth of Christ so much as they did around the ties that bind us together as family.
Now that I have my own family and I’m married to someone who grew up in a religious family, Christmas looks a lot different than it used to. It is still a special time to gather with our family and participate in fun family traditions, but it also very much centers around the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Weaving these different backgrounds together is a challenge sometimes. I want to pass on the traditions I enjoyed as a child, but at the same time I want to honor the more religious traditions Tim’s family enjoys and that I have come to embrace as well. I also want the girls to have more of a religious education than I did so they understand the spiritual meaning of the holiday.