Originally Posted by snoopy5386
Because almost everyone else does? And you don't want your kids to feel left out or miserable? Because you can't "escape" from the holidays in December - they are everywhere - on tv, in the stores, the schools, the library, neighbors homes are decorated??
I disagree and here's why.
Children don't crave Christmas or Chanukah or Easter or Halloween. They couldn't care less about any commercial holidays AS LONG AS they have traditions of their own to embrace.
OP, maybe the question to be asking yourself is "does my family have meaningful traditions throughout the year
for my children to look forward to? Are these traditions that reflect our values and our family's outlook on life and the cycle of the year?"
I can guarantee that it's not Christmas specifically that your children crave. It's the love and attention that children get during that season and throughout the year at various holidays. If you don't like the ones that are offered, really make some traditions your own.
My parents went apple-picking every fall when I was a child. I remember circling the date on the calendar in January (when we got our new calendars) and looking forward to it all year. We would get bundled up, drive to the orchard, pick until our hands were numb and we were tired from lugging apples around, and then drink hot apple cider as we plotted what to do with the apples. That night, we would be professional apple processors, as we froze pies and tarts and made cider.
THAT is what children crave. So maybe, if your children mention it, tell them that there are more important things than Christmas. Talk to them about things that they love doing and values your family has. Let them help you come up with amazing, unique traditions that the whole family will love, and at significant times for you.