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If you grew up celebrating Christmas and have complicated feelings about it now for whatever reason (estranged family, atheism, whatever) you know I hear you and you know I love you but maybe this thread is more of a listening-and-nodding-along thread than a sharing-all-your-thoughts thread. Letter Writer, I hope you got some good suggestions and solidarity.
There’s a difference between leaving a tradition and never being inside it in the first place (and still being expected to comply).
Most of my long term friends are used to this and even if they don’t totally understand they leave me alone about it.
But I feel like every time I meet someone new I have to go through a song and dance routine to convince them that no, really, I don’t celebrate Christmas NO REALLY I DON’T WANT TO.
They have continually progressive success with movies since Facing The Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous are all amongst the highest grossing Christian films of all time.Moderation Note: People I’d most like to hear from in comments: Fellow Jewish folks who can give the Letter Writer comfort, humor, and solidarity in coping strategies.Did you defensively decorate your cube with a giant fucking dreidel so that the Party Planning Committee would step off? Also welcome: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and any and all non-Christian religious folks, etc., etc. December 21: After 601 comments, it’s time to close this discussion down.Hope you enjoy the top 20 and find it useful as well as informative.
I would like to state that F&E is not endorsing the belief systems of any of these authors, only that they offer successful work in the Christian literature field. He published many Christian books and was a great teacher holding many conferences.
This particular year is extra stressful because I just started a new job and I always I feel like I’m missing some workplace etiquette this time of year. Can I just wear a shirt all month that says “Sorry, I’m Jewish, please leave me out of your strange Christmas rituals, Gentiles”??? Most of them aren’t thinking about stuff like ““I have to include everyone (in my culturally dominant thing) because the meta-narrative indicates that nobody should be alone or left out on Christmas and I am a nice person who wants to do the good thing here.” They are also thinking about themselves as individual nice people with good intentions and not thinking about the gauntlet of individual-totally-separate-not-oppressive-at-all-interactions that the person outside the dominant group has to run.