“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”
Are your kids apathetic to most holidays? Mine are. If it's not a birthday or Christmas, they don't care that much. I used to really get into Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, etc., but I seemed to be the only one. It became a chore, devoid of all fun, so I stopped. Yet, I feel like I'm depriving them in some way by not forcing them to participate more.
Then I think, why should I feel badly? I'm not telling them they can't celebrate holidays. I'm just not pushing it on them anymore. One can't walk into a grocery store or mall without huge displays that scream at you: "There is a holiday coming!" If they aren't swayed by the consumerist propaganda; isn't that a good thing?
I can't pretend that over the last couple of years, as our financial situation has gotten tighter, that my views on holidays haven't changed a bit. Maybe I am a little bit annoyed at all the hype. Still, I'm not convinced that that's a bad thing. I want my kids to have fond childhood memories of holiday celebrations, but I can't see how forcing them to send valentines or go trick or treating is the right way to go about it. Which led me to ask this question:
Do holidays promote happiness?
From what I've read on happiness in the past year, I don't think they do. All the emphasis is on the wrong things. I'm not sure what we are going to do for Halloween this year. I'm more interested in Funny Girl's birthday on November 1st. She wants Backyardigans cupcakes with pink icing. I can't wait!