Hello! I just signed up, excited to check out this site and all it has to offer. However, given the season, I'm much more prompted to ask opinions and such than a simple hello. I have a 5 year old that has become quite observant and otherwise impressionable, and I am having problems specifically with one household within our family. What's left of my family celebrates Christmas, and I respect it because they are free to worship and celebrate, just as we all have that freedom to religion. I've made it abundantly clear we are not religious, and I am making a point to educate my son before he makes that choice for himself. We only celebrate so much that my son doesn't feel alienated, gets/gives gifts, eats with everyone, etc. My grandfather hosts specifically for Christmas Eve every year, and his recent wife is treading on thin ice with me..she will seek my son out after prayer (I've taught my son to simply bow his head as to be respectful of it) and confront him blatantly in front of everyone, insisting you say AMEN everyone must say AMEN. This lady loses her marbles every time and makes him feel alienated, not to mention confused, as to what this word implies, much less means. She's approached me trying to force us to services etc, but I simply refuse as I was forced enough as a child and am well aware of the damage it can cause. I'm Agnostic. I don't know what this life holds, so I don't waste my effort pushing my ideals onto others and I pride myself on being a fair person. Honestly though? I wanted to punch her teeth down her throat last time and that isn't a typical thought for me. But the look on my son's face and the pure hate on hers..it breaks my heart for my son. But my grandfather is the elder of my family and I respect him more than I can put into words. We celebrate for the ideals of giving and family, which I can definitely stand behind. But what should I do? I feel the need to approach her, yet am at a loss as to if she would even listen, or how to word it so as she actually heeds my words.
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