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What do you do if someone gives you an x-mass gift anyway?

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What do you do if someone gives you an x-mass gift anyway?

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we're not supposed to take gifts?

erm. I'd take anything given to me and unless I'd use it, I'd give it to someone else... (charity/etc).
I received a Seinfeld DVD 3 years ago, I sent it back.
Well the thing is I like Seinfeld, so it would have been a good gift. Still, send it back. Tell them that if they don't accept it, you'll throw/give it away, they'll get the message.

Anaiah Priel (Andrew P) Carlson said:
but what if its a good gift? lol ;)
That time of year again...
Should have sent it to me... lol


Christian said:
I received a Seinfeld DVD 3 years ago, I sent it back.
i believe you should reject all aspects of christmas, even recieving gifts we have educates our entire family about gifts for the kids and they respect our belief now, at first it was difficult however over time they begin to underdtand your lifestyle. We have returned gifts also.

Shalom
Every year around this time of year, my family has a get together. As my brother is in Colorado, and my sister lives about 2 hours south, "Christmas" is one of the few times we make it a point to get together. While I refuse to take part in the pagan practices (Christmas ham, the tree, the wreath, etc.) I still take the time to see my family, because it's one of the only times a year we all get together. I'd just as soon see them July 25th as opposed to Dec 25th, but they're the ones who plan it all.
I simply take it and thank them. It would be rude to do otherwise. If it's something I need, I'll use it.
If not, I'll give it away.
I agree with Rachel. If someone chooses to give me something, I feel it would be rude to give it back. Not only that, but if I were to offend someone by refusing to accept something they wanted to give me, how likely would they be to accept the truth of Torah that I want to give them? I have tried to act kind and gracious to my family regarding the holidays and because of it they have progressively showed more and more interest in Torah and wanting to know what we believe. So for me, graciously accepting christmas/easter/etc. gifts has boosted my testimony to my family and that is worth it, IMO.


Rachel Stern said:
I simply take it and thank them. It would be rude to do otherwise. If it's something I need, I'll use it.
If not, I'll give it away.
I disagree with your opinion. Thanks for sharing though!



Ruth Siegel said:
Oh now you see Shalom, this is where we disagree. To accept a Christmas gift is to tell the person that it is okay to give you gifts and infers that you celebrate Christmas. Instead, just telling them that you do not observe Christmas is the best way. Abraham was called to leave his family due to their idolatry. We're called to do the same, unless we want to give a mixed message. Coming out of Babylon is not always easy and often very painful. I doubt that accepting any gifts connected to Pagan holidays does anything good for anyone involved. At least I can not find that in the Torah. Maybe you can show me Shalom, where accepting those gifts is upheld in the Torah? I'd like to see it this Chanukah season.





shalom said:
I agree with Rachel. If someone chooses to give me something, I feel it would be rude to give it back. Not only that, but if I were to offend someone by refusing to accept something they wanted to give me, how likely would they be to accept the truth of Torah that I want to give them? I have tried to act kind and gracious to my family regarding the holidays and because of it they have progressively showed more and more interest in Torah and wanting to know what we believe. So for me, graciously accepting christmas/easter/etc. gifts has boosted my testimony to my family and that is worth it, IMO.


Rachel Stern said:
I simply take it and thank them. It would be rude to do otherwise. If it's something I need, I'll use it.
If not, I'll give it away.
Show us in Torah where it says you can lie. Or is that okay in the Book of Mormon? lol
Considering this is an anonymous forum and we are on the internet, I don't feel it would be appropriate to tell you if that is my real name or not. Surely you aren't inferring that it is lying to use a 'screen name' or pseudonym on the internet?

Since easter and christmas presents are not specifically mentioned in Torah, this would be a matter of personal opinion. My family knows my beliefs and how I feel about those holidays. If they chose to give me something, any time of year, I receive it with thanksgiving. :-)



Ruth Siegel said:
Well now hold on here, not so fast Shalom.
That is your name right? Or are you using a fake name here, just wondering.
Did your mother call you Shalom when you were born?

LOL

Okay now show me in the Torah where it says that you can receive Easter and Christmas gifts
from your family and be considered Torah kosher?

Thanks.

Can't wait to hear back from you Miss Shalom.

:-)



shalom said:
I disagree with your opinion. Thanks for sharing though!



Ruth Siegel said:
Oh now you see Shalom, this is where we disagree. To accept a Christmas gift is to tell the person that it is okay to give you gifts and infers that you celebrate Christmas. Instead, just telling them that you do not observe Christmas is the best way. Abraham was called to leave his family due to their idolatry. We're called to do the same, unless we want to give a mixed message. Coming out of Babylon is not always easy and often very painful. I doubt that accepting any gifts connected to Pagan holidays does anything good for anyone involved. At least I can not find that in the Torah. Maybe you can show me Shalom, where accepting those gifts is upheld in the Torah? I'd like to see it this Chanukah season.





shalom said:
I agree with Rachel. If someone chooses to give me something, I feel it would be rude to give it back. Not only that, but if I were to offend someone by refusing to accept something they wanted to give me, how likely would they be to accept the truth of Torah that I want to give them? I have tried to act kind and gracious to my family regarding the holidays and because of it they have progressively showed more and more interest in Torah and wanting to know what we believe. So for me, graciously accepting christmas/easter/etc. gifts has boosted my testimony to my family and that is worth it, IMO.


Rachel Stern said:
I simply take it and thank them. It would be rude to do otherwise. If it's something I need, I'll use it.
If not, I'll give it away.

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