As an ex-communicated Mormon, religious holidays don’t have the same “punch” they used to when I was younger and deeply involved in the Church.
My partner is Catholic and her experience with organized religion was not quite as deep or intense as mine was and she still finds peace and comfort attending church on the occasional Sunday. Yet, we both love the current Pope Francis and his ethos of accepting all of God’s children.
As such, we celebrate religious holidays. However, I want to ensure what we are celebrating actually has some sort of connection to the meaning behind the season.