Jayde was a little Buddhist boy. His mom told him Buddhists were nice to everyone, just for no reason at all. Buddhists did not like anyone to suffer, so he should always try to help when needed.
Not one of his friends at school was a Buddhist but many were Christians. so Jayde asked them what it meant to be a Christian. We do what Jesus would have wanted us to do. Jayde asked what that would be exactly. To his amazement Jesus must have been Buddhist too, because he said to be nice to everyone, just for no reason at all. Christians did not like to see people suffer, so he should always try to help when needed.
Ezra was Jayde’s friend, he was a Jew. So Jayde asked what it meant to be a Jew. He thought and then said, Rabbi says we should be nice to everyone, just for no reason at all. Jews did not like to see people suffer so he should always help when needed.
Fatima was a pretty girl Jayde liked and he asked her what it meant to be Muslim as she was. She laughed having already heard him asked the other children. “Well”, she said, “we are nice to everyone even for no reason at all and do not like to see people suffer and we should always help when needed.”
That wonderful, thought Jayde we are all the same. It was winter and some were having Christmas, some Hanukkah and some other kids were having holidays and celebrations too. Jayde asked his mum, why do Buddhists not have Christmas? His mum asked if he would like to celebrate Christmas. “Very much” said Jayde. So he too had a tree and presents. His friend Ezra invited him to Hanukkah, even more yummy food.
It was good to be Buddhist because it is perfectly fine to celebrate kindness and goodness anytime and with anyone and obviously all the other religions had the same basic teachings. Lucky Jayde.
Jayde wondered why everyone was not getting along in the world because one religion felt it was somehow better than another. It did not make sense because they all thought the same things were important. His friends could not figure that out either. so they made a promise not to forget that as they got older and they would never be mean to anyone because their teachings came from different religions, after all they are mostly the same.
For every year after that Jayde and his friends celebrated all each other’s religious ceremonies as well as their own, and in time, there were more and more friends and even some grownups thinking the same way and celebrating all holidays together.