by Melissa from Progressive Quiverfull – Reason for the Season
Editor’s note: This is another distinctive of so many Quiverfull or Fundamentalist families, the belief that celebrating holidays the way everyone else does is somehow a sin. While everyone is free in this country to do as they please in regards to holidays and religions sometimes the reasons they do it strain incredulity. Commercialism may be rampant in some holidays but there are better reasons to not participate than that. We’re only a week or so from St. Patrick’s Day and Easter is at the end of the month. How did your holidays change going into Quiverfull and after you’ve left? What do you think?
This is my first Christmas with our newly-blended family. My two children, Matilda and Rylee (boy and girl ages 7 and 5 respectively), have had a hard time understanding why they both now do not recieve Christmas presents… And why there is no decorated tree in the house.
Being as young as they are, they will adjust. But DH and I did have to sit down and explain to them that they actually have recieved a significant present this year: A whole new father, 8 new siblings, and a completely new family and home.
I made the mistake of giving my little ones materalistic things that have dulles their appreciation of life’s everlasting gifts: Love and family.
I kind of feel some guilt… DH’s children have never been entranced by this seductively-glittering tree, and celebration, of commercalism.
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