posted on Nov, 30 2013 @ 08:32 PM
reply to post by Tompdx3
I was brought up a Jehovah's Witness, and I watched in heartbreak while other kids had birthday parties, got to dress up for halloween, celebrate
Xmas, etc. Let me tell you, it SUCKED and in my humble opinion, it's really about the watchtower org not wanting your money to go towards holidays
but sent to them for the worldwide publishing, ahem, preaching work.
I heard them go on and on and on about the pagan origin of holidays, while they got married in white dresses and passed each other weddings rings. The
reality is they pick and choose what 'pagan' practices they use based on whether it financially suits home office or not. It's not because they are
oh so holy and righteous by any means, they harbor pedophiles by the thousands without alerting authorities because according to them and their
committee meetings of church elders, (*think parole committee here*) without two witnesses the guilty party can say I didn't do it and they do
nothing at all, whatsoever to protect the child or the community. Just their own asses.
I remember driving along with my parents looking at xmas lights and them talking about the evil old world and how Satan makes the lights pretty to
deceive all non jw's. As a kid, I didn't care about the commericalism of the holidays, I just badly wanted to be free to celebrate them and enjoy
them. As an adult I love watching my own kids enjoy the holidays and it's never about money, materialism and greed. The problem isn't the holidays
themselves in my opinion, it's the consumer zombification of western society.
I can have my cake and eat it too, celebrate them, enjoy them, I just don't get sucked into the holiday traps of competing with others to have more,
spend more, get more. So whle others humbug the holidays, I revel in having the right to celebrate them, cause it wasn't a right I had until