It’s almost Christmas, and this is the first year that my now five-year old son is really wondering what it’s all about. Of course, he does hear about god and Jesus elsewhere, and there are lots of activities everywhere. So I told him that what people celebrate at Christmas is that “a long time ago, this rather cool guy called Jesus was born, who did some cool things”. He seems to be OK with that for now.
The big thing I want him to learn is tolerance. For some reason, we started talking the other day about how it’s not OK for someone to tell someone else that they should or shouldn’t believe in god, or what god to believe in, because there are so many different religions.
My son: Hmmm.
Me: It’s as if I told daddy that wearing black pants is not ok, that he should only wear blue pants.
My son: Hhmmm.
My husband: Hey, black pants are ok, it’s you who shouldn’t wear blue pants! Blue pants are horrible! Nobody should ever wear blue pants, everyone has to wear black pants!
My son: Daddy, that’s not fair!!
He got a high-five then.
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