December 23, 2010 by USA Post
Festivus, It seems that some prisoners have successfully sued for freedom to “observe” Festivus in prison, that the religion of their choice. (I think someone said too much time on their hands!) If it was a “real” holiday, it would be a painfully honest experience. Purely real and painfully honest. But in reality, how far from reality is the Festivus holiday of our fantastic holiday experiences with our families? Consider this: A decorative symbol meaning, hurt feelings and fights. T none of this sounds familiar? Is it any wonder that the peak of suicides during the holidays? Is not that what the holiday season has become for many Americans? As group leader of addiction, I warn the men of my group on potential triggers they may encounter during the holidays. Because for many, the holidays hold little meaning, but provide great opportunity for alumni, the family “junk” for outstanding stirred. For some, holidays are expensive, stressful and painful … with little or no positive results.
An important task of development for culture in the mature adult is to develop a sense of belonging. Children need to have an idea of who they are in the context of family history, culture and traditions. This identity is an important element to develop their individual sense of “self” that they will need if they become well balanced adults. Holiday traditions are well trained to play a role in this important aspect of “becoming.” As a Christian, I can tell my daughter about how “Jesus is the reason for the season” and teach him to sing Silent Night and The First Noel as part of our family traditions, and for it they can become anchors for the development of his understanding of why we appreciate this special time of year and we are like a family and a Christian community. Others may choose different beliefs or values to hang their hat on Vacation such as Kwanzaa or Hanukkah.
It should not be the follower of a religion to do something meaningful for a holiday. In fact, most Christmas traditions (the date of December 25, decorating a tree, blah, blah, blah …) the origin of idolatry or pagan practices that were diverted by us Christians and adapted to help us celebrate the birth of Christ. So this holiday season, I encourage you to think about whether your family has developed significant traditions that can be transmitted to the next generation. What values or symbols of the season are important to you, and you teach these traditions to your children? Moreover, even if you’re only a couple who do not have kids yet, what are the two do you create meaning for when you become parents, or when you invite friends into your home for the holidays ?
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