"Why does Eleanor celebrate Annika?"
On our ride home from school the other day, Jackson asked me, "Why does Eleanor celebrate Annicka?" I found myself stuck. I don't know how to discuss religion at all. I guess my biggest concern is trying to discuss the idea of a God and/or Jesus without sounding like too much of a skeptic. Jackson's question made me realize that I am pretty certain I don't believe in a God or Jesus. But, I want to let him make his own decisions about religion. As a kid, I went to Sunday school up to my first communion and attended a Jewish day camp. I preferred Friday's challah bread and grape juice to Sunday's communion wafers.
My concern is that I'm only showing Jackson the commercial side of Christmas. I don't know how to explain the religious aspect of the holiday from an objective point of view. Lately, we've been heading into the church after school (his school is in part of the church) because Jackson likes to check out the stained glass and the beautiful Christmas tree. I find myself wondering if I should take him for a service one Sunday. Or, maybe like me, he just prefers to admire the beautiful church interior and the enjoy quiet open space.
Does anyone know of a good way to introduce religion? Maybe a book that presents all different religions and belief systems. Is 3 too early to be trying to discuss religion? I'd love any suggestions.