The Real Meaning of Christmas

I’m trying to keep the “Real Meaning of Christmas” a priority in our household.  So, every morning before school, I’ve been reading a bit of Luke II or whatever as part of our daily dose of Scripture Power. I expected this to keep the holiday Christ-centered, not as commercial, etc.

What I did not expect was the following conversation . . .

ME: ” . . . and the angel did speak unto the virgin Mary . . .”

JEFF: Mom, what’s a virgin?

ME: Erm.

ELEANOR: Yeah, Mom.  What is it?  They are always calling Mary that.

ME: [looks at watch; 10 minutes until school bell rings] It’s a . . . woman who is young and innocent?

JEFF: So that means you’re still a virgin, Mom?

ME: [nervous laughter]  No, no, I’m not a virgin anymore.  It’s . . . a woman who has never been married?

JEFF: [thinks]

JEFF: [thinks]

JEFF: So is that why people get divorced?  Because they want to be a virgin again?

ME: No, that wouldn’t make you a virgin again.  A virgin is a woman who has . . . never BEEN with a man [rolls eyes at herself] Or, a woman who has never had relations with a man [rolls eyes at bad Monica Lewinsky flashback] or, erm . . . erm . . . errrrururuuruuuummmmm . . .

And so on.  I think I kept stumbling over myself for a few more seconds, and then declared that “this doesn’t have anything do to with Christmas, anyway,” smacked the Bible shut, and sent them off to school.

I friend suggested that I say a virgin is someone who is “pure,” but that’s not true.  I’m not a virgin, and I consider myself to still be pure, honest, faithful person.  All it really means is a person who has had sex, and the emphasis in the Nativity is about the miraculous aspect of Immaculate Conception, but that wasn’t something I wanted to get into right before school (geeez, who knows WHAT note Jeff’s teacher might send home) or in front of my four-year-old.  Ack, ack, ack.

Thanks a LOT, St. Luke.

5 thoughts on “The Real Meaning of Christmas

  1. Ha! I love it!

    Now I’m sitting around thinking about how you define Virgin for kids (because now that you mention it, I realize I should be prepared…it’s only a matter of days before I get asked.)

    Virgin: someone who has never ever even TRIED to have a baby? Someone who could be a mommy but can’t have a baby because there never has been a daddy?

    Wow. That’s a tricky one. Especially right before school!

  2. I think you should stick with the “virgin = pure” definition, because it has the most potential to give you gray hairs.

    [arriving home from school] “Mom, I’m not sure I’m a virgin anymore.”

    [in Sharing Time at church] “I want to be baptized so I can be a virgin again.”

  3. I LOVE this story. Laugh out loud funny. Especially because I’ve seen my kids squint in confusion as I read that phrase, but luckily they are still young enough to let it slide and not ask. I know that question is coming soon for me too.

    However, living in a community that is about 90% catholic, has taught me something that you got wrong. Just FYI: the immaculate conception has nothing to do with the conception of Jesus. That phrase is about Mary – her conception. Check out wikipedia’s explanation:

  4. Ha! I think you mean “who has {not} had sex”. I was worried about that same question from June recently, but it never got brought up. I’ll just send over to your house when she eventually asks. 🙂

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