Christians and Non-Christians Reflect on Christmas Traditions

December 19, 2003

Source: Maclean's

On December 19, 2003 Maclean's ran a feature section on how different faiths celebrate or recognize Christmas in Canada. Stories included an article from a woman reflecting on her attempt to explain what Santa Claus has to do with the birth of Jesus ("my six-year-old daughter is still trying to sort out some relationship issues. To wit: if Santa Claus is not Jesus's uncle, then what exactly is his connection to Jesus's birthday celebration?...If tutoring children in faith when you have no idea what you're talking about is a challenge for lapsed Christians, consider how awkward it can be for non-Christians, who are pressed to account for the Christmas season simply because it is so in their faces."); quotes from a Hindu woman whose family celebrates Christmas (full story); a Muslim family who doesn't observe Christmas but sometimes exchanges gifts with friends who do (full story); and a Sikh arguing for keeping "Christ" in Christmas (full story).