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The Question (ID Number 73)...

    Do you consider yourself an animist? If so, what do you do in terms of the major Christian holidays (Christmas and Easter). I find myself drawn to animism and am more than willing to give up my (rather weak) Christian beliefs, but I find it more difficult to give up Christmas. Is it possible to celebrate it in a way that is compatible with animism?

    ...and the response:

    Yes, I consider myself an animist---and I give my grandchildren Christmas presents every year. You don't have to worry about doing things that are "compatible with animism." There is no animist god who is checking you out to see if you're being "faithful." Every animist (Leaver) people has its own holidays and celebrations; it doesn't consider that its holidays and celebrations are the "right" ones and all others are "wrong."


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