Holidays and Observances

@sharone74 (4839)
United States
April 4, 2010 7:18am CST
My bf and I were talking yesterday about holidays. The commercialization and the hipocracy of all our religious holidays and observances is getting to be nauseating. Easter is not about chocolate bunnys, nor bunnies made by Cadbury, or candy, or easter egg hunts, it is supposed to be an obeservance of the day that the Son of God redeemed us all and took our sins upon himself so that we could be saved and could attain the kingdom of heaven. At Christmas time I am sure that more people worship Santa Claus than God or his great gift Jesus Christ. There are religious observances for all but federal holidays, Why then do we either get the day off or get paid extra, by law, for going to work. There is supposed to be a seperation between the church and the state, so why are schools and federal buildings closed for the observation of religious holidays. As for federal Holidays almost all of them are floating holidays which normally occur to give us three-day weekends and such. When we realize that it is a holiday weekend most of the people I ask aren't even certain what holiday we are "celebrating" and what we are celbrating on that date for. We obviously all have access to the internet and we are living in what is supposedly the "information age" so why is it that we know less and less when the information is at our fingertips. I know that Holidays are made special for children with the fictional charachters and all of the falderah that you find in the stores to commemorate the holiday. However I think that a better way to make holidays special is to spend them observing what they are for and educating our children as to why this day is sacred or special rather than filling their heads with a bunch of fairy tale nonsense.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
4 Apr 10
good points. Today is Easter and we will spend the day at church. We will be hearing about the holiday and what it means. While I find the easter bunny cute, it is more important to me that my daughter understand what the day is really for.
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
8 Apr 10
I commend you on that. You don't just give it lip service you are actually exposing your children to the love and the word of God. Which is the greatest gift that you can give your children. I think the Easter bunny is cute too, expecially the one that clucks like a chicken! The Cadburry bunny has always made me laugh every year.^ Still it is not his day.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
8 Apr 10
I think of the Easter Bunny and Santa as a way to make what could have been a very serious day.
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
10 Apr 10
The funny cute little fictional and cartoon charachters who are representatives of religious holidays are used to make the holiday more interesting to a child than the truth. I think however that the truth about the purpose of the holidays, and Debunking of the holiday myths is a better way of satisfying a childs curiousity about what is being celebrated or memorialized. There really was a Santa Claus, named Kris Kringle, in one of the Scandanavian countries. He was a childless bachelor, and a toy maker. He used to make toys for all the children of his village and give them away on Christmas. The easter bunny, the chicks, and all the other little baby animals that represent Easter are symbols of the rebirth and renewal of spring, embodied by baby animals which are common in spring. The eggs and the easter feast are old Jewish traditions. The egg and breadis intended to represent and to symbolize our wishes for a year of plenty. Plenty of food anyway.
• Philippines
8 Apr 10
during holidays and observances we are still reporting in our office, and no holidays happen. During Holy Thursday we've got a photo & video coverage during good friday we went to the beach and enjoy some fun.. I'm a non catholic but i remember Jesus Christ everyday not only these times of holy week.