Or technically, Christmas Eve, but because Christmas tradition starts today, I'll define it as Christmas. And Christmas comes complete with the Christmas story. Only, with a twist: in our home, asking questions during storytime is encouraged, as is questioning everything and every command. My kindergarden-aged son's questions this year are, in my opinion, worth sharing – here's a selection:
1. If God is in heaven and Angels are made of light then who gave Mary a sperm?
2. What does holy mean?
3. Why do we give each other presents? If it's Jesus' birthday then doesn't everyone have to give him presents instead?
4. Why are we celebrating Jesus' birthday if he's not coming (to the party)?
5. Why are we still celebrating his birthday if people killed him a long time ago for telling a lie?
… I gave him a bunch of 'opinions', but no answers, and told him to be careful about who he asks such questions to. I explained to him the brutality through which Christianity spread and how that's why we still celebrate Christmas as tradition today, how pagan traditions like the Christmas tree mixed into the tradition, and how despite all of the past, there still are both good and bad Christians – just like every religion has good and bad followers. He's at a phase where he's learning to differentiate between fact and fiction (he asks the same sort of questions about illogical statements in books where animals talk, for example). It'll probably be some time before he finally sorts things out.
Whatever you believe, wish you a thoughtful and reflective start to the season!