Some members within our household recently made more decisions regarding days we will no longer celebrate. Rather than state ALL of them, I will just say that the only days we ARE going to celebrate are the Feasts of YHWH, Hannukah (not sure how yet), Purim and maybe we will acknowledge the 9th of Av. In summary: every. single. traditional. american. holiday. has origins in paganism. If you look in my FAQ section you will learn more about why we have made these decisions as you look through the individual days.
Sadly, we have made some people very upset, which we expected. We have received some serious accusations. Does it hurt? Of course it does. But we are seeking to please our Father above all else and there is no day that is so sentimental or so special that we will not give it up for Him. Our obedience to Him is of utmost importance and this is ONE of the ways we can show Him that we love Him =)
Basically, this does not leave *any* days for our children to receive gifts… ??? WHAT?!
- First of all, the children make their own decisions. I do not force it on any of them. I am continually amazed at the decisions these young adults make. I am so thankful for them and their desire to please their Creator!
- Second, why is it such a big deal? Are gifts really that important? Can’t we show love in other ways?
- Third, the focus should not be on the children in the first place. They are PART of the family union, not the MAIN part.
- If a person really feels they need to give us gifts, we would be glad to receive them during Purim. Our favorite gifts would be: shopping trips WITH the giver, gift certificates, or there’s always cash =)
- The BEST gift would be a loving attitude toward us, knowing that we do not have ulterior motives of selfishness or trying to take away all the fun, but TRUSTING that we are making decisions based on what we see in Scripture and the principles contained there. I would take that gift every day of the year! =)
There are so many days to spend time together. So many foods that our Creator HAS given us to enjoy. So many ways we CAN show love to each other. Why not focus on all of these things rather than dwelling on the changes in our diet, the days we do not celebrate or the lack of opportunities to give gifts?