oh history network! thank you thats awesome
My family celebrated christmas in the normal sense, santa and big dinner, watch christmas movies, attended christmas mass only a few times in my life, maybe more before me (im the last of 4)
I would still like to give my son the same experiences, however I made a decision during pregnancy that there will be no elaborate stories of Santa coming into our house and these are from Santa gifts. I remember the day i found out about the easter bunny and tooth fairy and santa and i felt terrible, i believe in providing him with the whole truth and nothing but, he's only 2 ! i got time to work through the details but that's my stance
I think it's ok to submerge yourself in celebrating these traditional holidays, but I would like to share all seasonal holidays with him. We have a advent fair to go to, some caroling at my mother's denomination church, we did do a Santa picture, but you know give him the whole picture of all cultures ( were rural so if i intend to venture into other cultures, ill have to get creative and read up!)
I have to catch myself frequently though since Im raising him different from what i was, i guess my thing is to teach him the story of jesus's birth and a lovely man (santa) who we share gifts with each other on behalf of? no milk and cookies business (sorry to say) maybe ill stretch it to be symbolic of sharing goodies to all children and others before bed, not sure but thank you for posting the thread, this will be good convo!