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My sikh family members have started exchanging Christmas Gifts, I am not sure what to do.

asked 2014-12-20 11:49:51 -0600

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I have raised my children with the wisdom that we respect all religions and we wish happy holidays to anyone celebrating their religion. Now my family members have started installing Christmas Trees in their houses and have invited me over for gift exchange. It was easy telling my children what is appropriate and what is not. But now I am caught in a dilemma of explaining my position to my nieces and nephews whom are not raised with the same Sikh values. Please help me formulate a polite rebuttal.

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answered 2014-12-23 12:28:09 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

This time of year is sacred to all religions all of which celebrate in different ways - but the root is the same: the light in the darkness and the light of the spirit. Darbar Sahib has doors open to all four directions. We welcome all faiths. We serve everyone, regardless of caste or beliefs. As you say, we honor and respect all religions. So where is the problem? Celebrate. Love. Share in each other's joy and do not get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas. It is not about big gifts. It is about loving and serving each other. Let every day be Christmas. That is how Sikhs live.

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answered 2014-12-22 13:07:10 -0600

Show them chaar sahebzaade. And one more thing, celebrating Christmas, holi or any other festival is not bad, equally important is to know our past, our history, ethics, values, wisdom. And we are lucky here, we have all those in our history. Make your kids liberal not rigid, but also make them aware about your history which is glorious. Our ancestors died for a noble cause that was "EQUALITY" of hindu, muslim, sikh, christian. everyone. I remember a song from Manmohan waris "Bacheya nu dasseyo Punjab kinnu kehnde ne"

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