J: Oh, I really want one with my pets.
Mom: I think I'll do the Jewish one.
J: Why, Mom? We're not Jewish.
Mom: We're not Christian either; it doesn't matter. It's all in good fun.
J: Then why do we celebrate Christmas?
Mom: I resist it. That's why we don't have a tree and I don't decorate. I do it for presents for you.
J: But we're not Christian?
Mom: I'm not, at least. I don't believe in god, although I used to.
That was a whopper to him, kind of like someone proclaiming that they don't believe in Santa, the kindly grandfather figure. Him being 10, I never considered him thinking or assuming about religion, but I was wrong. He has a stronger identity and affiliation than I realized, which is fine, but it needs to be discussed. I think most of his religious imagery come from visits with ex's Fundamentalist mother, although half his school is Islamic and I figure that religious exposure must play into it, too.
Now what to do?
Hey! Let's be Jewish for a little while! The whole family!
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