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While hanging out at a coffee shop the other day (an item on my 52 Things In 52 Weeks challenge list), I overheard an interesting conversation.
“Jane” (the name I’m giving her) has a niece, “Samantha” who is in her early twenties.
Over the years and without fail, Jane has always sent this niece Christmas gifts – gifts that Samantha always accepted and made good use of (from what Jane can see from the Facebook photos).
During a recent and random conversation with her niece, Samantha told Jane that she is an atheist and was even a bit disrespectful towards Jane by “mocking” (for lack of a better term) her belief in all things related to God. Jane has no issues with Samantha being an atheist – as far as she’s concerned, Samantha’s an adult with a right to her own views.
But now, Jane is in a dilemma:
Should she continue to buy Samantha’s siblings (who are believers) Christmas gifts but be the Grinch when it comes to Samantha from now on?
Jane’s friend gave her an earful about the fact that “Christmas” is about the birth of Jesus Christ and that if Samantha is an atheist, she should refuse all “Christmas” gifts given to her. Jane’s friend also added that Jane should “respect” Samantha’s viewpoint by discontinuing all “Christmas” gift giving to her.
The hesitation I could hear in Jane’s voice made me wonder if her reaction would have been different if Samantha was not a relative.
I had to leave the café so I didn’t hear the end of the conversation.
What are your thoughts on the advice that was given to Jane? If you were in Jane’s shoes, what would you do? Give your thoughts in the comments.
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