“Come on Mum!! Santa’s grotto! Quick!!”
Christmas 2008 and two eager hands are tugging on my jumper. It’s my 5 year old son Luke’s school Christmas Fayre. All around there are tinsel and toys to buy, tombola’s, excited children queueing up to see Santa. And I’m looking around me at all of this, a mixture of feelings pulling at me.
On the one hand, I love all this. I love cheesy Christmas songs, I love fairy lights, I love my kids pulling on their gloves and hats and running out at the 1st sign of snowflakes, looking for mistletoe and holly.
On the other hand, I am Pagan, and more specifically, Wiccan. I feel hypocritical at the school Nativity play, my darling boy singing beautifully (and he does!), but taking gifts to Jesus.
Now, as a Wiccan, I am totally accepting and understanding of other faiths. I don’t laugh at Christians and say that Jesus isn’t real. But what should I do at Christmas? I celebrate Yule, but how can I deny my sons Christmas after all the build up? Same goes for Easter. I celebrate Ostara.
I really do not like the commercialism now attached to Christian festivals, but can you imagine my poor boys’ faces if they get no Easter Eggs, but they get to paint hardboiled eggs a few days earlier??!! Halloween…trick or treating? It’s just so crass to me, but, they love it. Dressing up as witches? Argghhhh!!!
Samhain is a very special day for me, Pagan New Year, but I love to dress my kids up in Dracula outfits and see them running around scaring each other!
So, my solution? I take it with a pinch of salt (and various other Witchy herbs!). I don’t sweat it. I teach my sons about our festivals, and know that his school teaches him Christian.
Actually, they teach him many different faiths. Luke can probably tell you all of the different festivals for different faiths! I chill out and let life take it’s course. One day, they will choose for themselves.
Oh, and we get to have double the amount of festivities, so I guess it’s all win – win!!