Originally posted by 1/2 Nephilim
reply to post by Nkinga
Ok, but "Saint Nicholas" didn't live at the north pole, have flying deer or sneak into EVERYONE IN THE WORLDS HOUSE in one night through the
chimney.. shoving that idea down kids throats can't be healthy!
Thats wonderful that your very large family enjoys spending time together so much, alot of big ones don't so much, alot of people dread xmas. Its a
shame that it takes holidays based on fictional stories to get you guys together. Since you went in to so much detail about how personal this is to
you I would like folks to notice the trend here by your example, the people who encourage this myth and holiday surrounding it have a very personal
attachment to it and that exact attachment and nostalgia IS they're arguement as to why they support it.
The kids are not the only ones being rewarded here. Don't you guys think I realize that seeing they're smiling little faces under the xmas tree is
probably the happiest you are all year as well? Again, its a shame that it takes a "special day" all based on a big lie for you to have that only
once a year when you should experience such things so much more often.
edit on 26-11-2012 by 1/2 Nephilim because: Edit: I'm agnostic for the
record, not atheist.
WOW...What ALOT of assumptions you posted in just a few lines. Who the heck said only at Christmas we get together? and that it has to take a holiday
to get us there? Most of us live within an hour of each other. I figured we were only talking about Christmas and St. Nick and so therefore that was
what I addressed. Do you have any idea how many birthdays there are amongst such a group?! LMAO...seriously. Christmas is the least of our worries!
Lets not forget to mention...Thanksgiving, New Years! Which is actually our biggest party yet..because not only is it family, but friends and
neighbors as well. .... Actually, if you want to know the truth...the children love New Years better than Christmas. They get to stay up late, light
off fireworks, my great grandmother who is 92...leads a parade every year around the yard with every single child banging pots, pans, and lids!
Blowing those little party blower thingies. Easter of course...ham upon ham upon ham with salads and fruit desserts, huge egg hunt... we do not do
easter baskets..usually the kids still have plenty of candy left over from Halloween and Christmas ... speaking of Halloween...that would be another
on the list I suppose we would have to do away with for children and myths and lies
There are of course as I said...birthdays...lots of them, so much so, that we don't do gifts, the party is the gift, because it's such a huge to do
to get cake and food for that many people, we usually order a bouncy house for the children.
and then there is summer....we own a family cabin on the river and we all gather there each summer, most of us camp out in our tents and only use the
cabin for bathroom needs and cooking, the older people stay inside.
It's just your typical cliche italian family...very few of those left to be sure, and someone is always mad at someone, or this one did this, that
one did that, yada yada yada..but when there is a gathering to be had, surprisingly no one is mad anymore trust me..not just christmas. which you
assumed. Seems like there are alot of assumptions going around with this thread, based largely on opinion, rather than fact. Shame that.
As for Christmas...yes, we do enjoy seeing the children's faces it's so great to see them happy and excited, there are so many of them...at the
young age...10 and under, so, instead of getting each one of them presents, we instead use a fold out table...give each of them a round of cookie
dough and they make cookies ..we do this every year, it started about ... 15ish years ago? maybe? somewhere around there. When my brothers and sisters
began having babies and then more babies, and then the cousins and then of course if any of them married someone who was previously married and had
children from that marriage....you get the picture I hope.... and we realized...secret santa (where you pull a name out of hat) wasn't quite so cheap
anymore.... nor fun. So, we decided instead, the teens would make ornaments, the children would make cookies...after the first year..we moved that
table and dough and little fingers outside LOL. But if you were to ask my children their favorite thing about Christmas? It would be those cookies.
My 11 year old is doubly excited this year..being 11 and a bit older..she gets to make cookies and ornaments. My 5 year old just wants to know how
many chocolate chips she can eat before her tummy might hurt. The adults will be cooking, decorating the house (my house is the biggest amongst us, so
for whatever reason the festivities always end up here. ... hectic? yes! but every year my husband laughs when I say "this was the best christmas
yet" My daughters get 3 gifts each. 2 from mommy and daddy, 1 from santa. yes, even the 11 year old who doesn't believe any longer, her smile is
still as big.
But not just at Christmas. some children are so excited to see their cake at birthday time, some are so excited to find the sparkly eggs.... Doesn't
come down to just one holiday or story for us..sorry you assumed so.
As for it being the happiest I am all year as well?... NO. Obviously life is life, it has its ups and downs, but to say Christmas is my happiest?
sometimes, yes, but I find I'm just as happy when my children discover something new at the museum, or when my 5 year old tells me something so
fascinating from kindergarten as she buckle's her seat belt (because it's just so darn cute that she knows how to do that) Or when my 11 year old is
excited because she hit 119 reviews on her fanfiction for Avengers.
No, santa doesn't live at the northpole, or have flying reindeer..which oddly enough, I'm not sure we have ever actually touched base on that.....
??? I know she likes to watch the cartoons of rudolph, but I'm not sure she picks that out as being real..she has never mentioned it. but there are
also no fairy godmothers or mermaids, I'm not going to stop my child from watching cinderella or ariel because of that. Or never take her to a magic
show simply because its an illusion.