All things are lawful for me‚ but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me‚ but not all things edify. (1 Co 10:2’)
Spending all my childhood and early youth in native Romania‚ I have to admit that I am not (yet) emotionally involved with all the major American Holidays. I am working on it‚ especially since my family has been naturalized a few years ago‚ but I find myself a bit of a stranger around these days. This fact‚ however‚ offered me the opportunity to research their meaning with fresh inquiring eyes and to not just take them for granted. I take for granted only the Romanian holidays that I grew up with‚ just like every American does with theirs.
The holidays we grow up with become so engrained over the years‚ to the point where‚ although we keep all the rituals‚ decorations and foods‚ they start to lose their meaning to us. We celebrate them because that’s what we do‚ but we rarely bother to recollect their deeper significance. Even great Holidays like Christmas‚ Pascha or Thanksgiving are rapidly losing their meaning to consumerism and marketing.
The situation gets even more complicated when a Christian Orthodox comes to America‚ or when an American born joins the Orthodox Church.
The fall-winter season is particularly challenging. First comes Halloween….
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