Joseph: Do you know when Santa's birthday is? (quite why he is asking about Santa in June is beyond me)
Me: No, do you?
Joseph: Yes of course, it's on the 25th of December silly.
Me: Well, no, actually the 25th of December is Jesus's birthday.
Joseph: Who's Jesus? (what do they teach these kids at school in a Catholic country?)
Me: Jesus is the son of God, who was born at Christmas. Christians worship Jesus and God in their churches.
|Jesus - he shares the same birthday as Santa!|
Joseph: What are Christians? (clearly he's not paying attention in his Religió Alternativa classes!)
Me: Well there are lots of different religions, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus to name but a few. Most of your friends are Christians, or Catholics to be precise, although there are some Muslims at your school.
Joseph: Are we Catholic?
Me: No, we choose not to worship any God or Jesus, which means we are atheists. But it is important to respect other people's beliefs and religions.
Joseph: But we still celebrate Santa's birthday, don't we?
Me: *Sigh* Yes son, we do.
Joseph: But when is Santa's birthday then?
Me: I don't know, let's pretend it's the 25th of December shall we?
Joseph: Yes, can I play on the Playstation now?
Me: *relief* Of course you can.