Religious Diversity Rocks
RTod’s post reminded me of this story.
When I was in the second grade, there were three Jewish kids in our class. They didn’t celebrate Christmas. Now, in the first grade this didn’t mean much because we all still colored Santa Claus pictures and the spirit of diversity meant that the Jewish kids got to invent their own Santa Claus with different colors. By the second grade, they introduced us to Hanukkah and the menorah and all that. And they said that Jewish kids got eight gifts.
So I did what any second grader did. I complained to my parents. Why don’t we get 8 gifts? So the folks started giving us eight gifts. Granted, by the time we got to #7 and #8 we were talking about socks or a cheap shirt, but it still elongated Christmas morning and meant that I appreciated the real gifts more. Because it wasn’t socks.