In a recent essay Pagan author, T. Thorn Coyle, asks:
“anyone who is not a Christian and who celebrates Christmas: what exactly do you think you are doing? Why are you contributing to this beast, this monster, this creature that not only feeds on the sweat of poor people around the world but simultaneously takes more and more money to just maintain its caloric requirements? Why have you – atheist, Pagan, Christian, or Jew – been taken in?”
That’s an interesting question to ponder and her entire essay is worth a read.
If you are not celebrating Christmas on Saturday, what could you be doing instead? You could be living out your religious ethics of service to the community by volunteering for Meals on Broomsticks this Saturday. Spend a few hours helping others – and bring your family and older children along.
UMPA, the Upper Midwest Pagan Alliance has, for the fourth consecutive year, signed up with the Union Gospel Mission to serve meals to senior citizens and low income families residing in two high rises in the Twin Cities. This service commitment requires 8-15 people willing to share a part of their day serving meals, chatting, and maybe even singing a carol or two.
When – This Saturday December 25, 2010 (our fourth year!!)
Where – Meet at the Union Gospel Mission- located at 435 E University Ave.
in St. Paul. It is just East of I35E and North of East Seventh. MAP
Time – Gather at 11.15am, we load up and drive away shortly after 11:30 am so be prompt. Contact us if you plan to attend!
UMPA says that dressing up for the occasion adds to the fun, so get out your elf, Santa, or Grinch costumes. Nels Linde and Judy Olson say that the food is really secondary to the people they deliver meals to, it is the time and attention that the elders receive that is so greatly appreciated. They also noted that the meal delivery is usually done by 1:30pm and the volunteers then go to Cecil’s Deli for a fun lunch.