The Mayor and I were out running zillions of holiday errands.
As you would expect, he was bombarded with shiny objects.
"Mom! I want this! Can we get that!"Because we're not really a church going family, The Mayor hasn't had much exposure to the real meaning of Christmas.
I realized that, for him, the holiday is simply the time of year when we buy a tree, put it in our house, decorated it and, ultimately, open a lot of presents.
I thought maybe I should tell him what Christmas means.
[Remind me never to think again.]
"Do you know why we celebrate Christmas, Mayor?" I asked him.
"Why?" he said.
"Well, you've heard of Jesus, right?"
"Yes, Jesus. See, Christmas is the celebration of his birthday."The Mayor didn't say anything.
"Do you want to hear the story of Christmas?"He nodded.
[And then, because I am a freakin' AWESOME storyteller, I added...]
"Okay, well... there was this lady named Mary who was pregnant, so she and her husband Joseph were coming to town to have the baby."
"But Joseph wasn't the baby's father, God was the baby's father."And then I thought...
Oh, great. The next time someone asks The Mayor if he knows who God is, he's going to say,
"Sure. God was Mary's Baby Daddy."My Christmas story was off to a poor start.
I mean immaculate conception? Forget about it.
I'm not even going to try explaining that to a four year old.
I soldiered on, telling him how Mary and Joseph couldn't find any hotels so they had to stay in a barn with donkeys and sheep.
I said something about wise men, gifts and following the north star.
Then, realizing there was no way I would be able to connect any of it to decorated pine trees or ornaments, the story came to a sloppy and abrupt ending.
The Mayor was quiet for a few minutes.
"Mom, do you know any more stories about Jesus."
"Well, not by heart, no, not really. Ooooh, wait!" I shouted, "I know! There's this one where Jesus walked on water!"
"Was he magic?"
So let's see, so far I've invented a magician, born in a barn of a father who was not his mother's husband...
[Are you feeling the true meaning of Christmas?!!]
Later that day, The Mayor told me,
"Mom, if I had to pick only one super hero power, it would be walking on water."[Are you feeling it now?]
[On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate The Mayor's religious upbringing so far?]