Christmas traditions unfair to children

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Parents feel burnt out by the long term demand of Christmas preparation.

They expect teachers to carry out a lot of work at this time of year too.

In the traditional Catholic church it is much the same.

The traditions of Christmas are remembered with the reading of the special mass on 25 December and doing a bunch of chores.

But all of this is based on a poor concept that ethics and values can be forced down the throats of children during Christmas.

Many Catholics believe that Christmas should focus on the child in us, and the children should feel involved in the celebrations.

Christians think that asking children to do tasks at Christmas is wrong and that we should teach them to be thankful for their blessings and be discerning of good and bad situations in life.

The later the better

But this is not always the case. In fact the opposite can be true.

At Christmas, the two toughest jobs are making the best of the cake, and the worst of the time is cleaning it all up afterwards.

To avoid problems in the winter months, a few high level priests say that the best way to manage the holiday this year is to sort out all the work the school needs to do before the onset of the holidays.

Think before you go

But this recommendation is for only the people who have finished all their official stuff – meaning that anyone who had to watch some of the festive films, order the luxury foods and buy presents would have nothing much to do.

Because many people will just dump everything in the bin.

Even worse, there will be a fair few who will not attend the mass on Christmas Day, and will be celebrating the day with their partner and children somewhere else.

Christmas, unlike the Christian summer holidays in the summer, is too full to countenance this sort of action.

The Pope says that it is important to take things slow and see how Christmas is really lived.

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