I have three children. I used to be a Christian. But Christianity never sat well with me. When I was in my early teens, I came up with the online (online was text-only in those days) handle "inveni0". It's latin. It means "to seek or find out", and I've stuck with this my entire life. <--history
I eventually rejected the fairy tales of my youth, but not until after the birth of my first child, and not completely until after the birth of my second. I had thought early on in rejection that I would teach my kids as many belief systems as possible...so that they could choose on their own. I wanted to encourage them to make their own decisions. <--naive
I soon realized that it would be stupid to teach my sons about fairytales and then allow them to believe in said fairytales. So I dropped this. Instead, I teach them the truth. There is no god. <--not exactly
I don't ACTUALLY teach them that. That's what's funny. They realize there's no god all on their own. <--prelude
So yesterday, we were driving home from my in-laws' house (Christians), and they had just given my kids some Easter presents. My son asked me, "What is Easter?"
I chuckled a little, thinking about the story I was about to tell my son... I answered, "Well, here's how it goes... People believe in God, right? And they believe that a long time ago, people were really evil, and they were all dying and going to Hell. So they believe that God made a little girl pregnant so that she could have a little baby, and that that baby would be God's son. Then, when the little boy grew up, God would let people kill his son. Those people believe that murdering God's son would make it so that no one has to go to Hell, as long as they believe that he had been God's son. That son's name was Jesus...that's who Jesus is supposed to be. Well, they also believe that a few days after dying, Jesus rose from the dead...he came back to life. And that's what they're celebrating when they have Easter."
No hesitation, he said, "That's not true. There's no god."
I asked, "You don't believe in god?"
He answered by basically saying that God is just a character on Family Guy who sometimes has an afro. <--the end
That being said, we still gave the kids a little candy and a gift for Easter, but we don't celebrate it ON Easter Sunday, or even for any particular reason. It's the same with Christmas. We celebrate, but my kids have no idea what Christmas means...and I like that.
Does anyone else have any stories about how Christian holidays are shared in your home, if at all?