The Internet is fired up this week buzzing about the ways people do (or don't) celebrate holidays.
Both sides are pretty passionate about their opionions.
I have to admit, at first, I was too.
YES, I am one of *those* moms who LOVE celebrating all holidays with my kids.
YES, I am one of those moms who does little things to make simple holidays a little more fun for my kids.
Yes, on Valentine's Day I make food shaped as hearts & I make my own Valentine's rather than the store bought ones
(For me, I love graphic design, so it's EASIER and CHEAPER for me to make one in photoshop & print at home than to drag 3 kids to the store to buy them)
Yes, the Leprechaun does visit our house, leave gold coins and dyes the milk & water green.
Yes, I do make bunny prints out of flour on our front walkway on Easter morning. I tie dye my Easter Eggs with silk ties because it's cool. We do the grocery store kit also.
Yes, we do Elf on the Shelf during Christmas, but is modified. Our Elf just changes places, he does not "spy on our kids & report to Santa"
Our kids only get a few small gifts for Christmas.
Birthday Parties? You know I'm obsessed.
I start planning their parties months & months ahead of time.
But, I have been doing that since before the blogging/Pinterest era. I just LOVE parties.
I don't give my kids birthday presents, their party is their present.
That is what we do for *our* family.
If in a few years, when my kids don't parties anymore, I will probably cry (ha!) but for now, I will have fun planning them.
Fact is: I LOVE HOLIDAYS. And Parties.
Always have, always will.
Some (many) people may think doing things like Leprechaun Traps & Bunny tracks are ridiculous.
And you know what? It IS ridiculous. But, it's also fun.
Seeing the joy on my kids faces & hearing their giggles makes the 10 minutes I spend doing these ridiculous things worth it.
They love it and I love it.
I don't understand why people are bashing others who do fun things like this.
If you (collective you) don't like doing these things.....Don't do them!!!!
Do what is best for YOUR family.
Do what traditions you want to do for your family & I will do what I want for my family.
We have several friends who don't do Santa or the Easter Bunny.
And you know what? That is okay!!! Every family is different.
No reason to judge/mock/look down on others who do things differently.
I guess I don't view it as overboard, just doing little things to make the holidays a little more memorable.
They are only young once, I find joy in doing little things to make memories.
In just a few short years, they won't believe in all this any more.
I'm just trying to make it a little more magical while I can.
I post some of my ideas on here so that maybe I can inspire another mom to do the same (if she is so inclined!) Most of the things I do are easy, quick & don't cost much.
I do fun stuff for lots of these holidays because I WANT TO.
Because I like it and it's fun and my kids love it and it's just a way I enjoy making the every day stuff fun for my kids.
We make holiday themed crafts and food and I put stuff out for when they wake up in the morning because they like it and I like it.
And, it is fun to be able to use my creativity every once in a while :)
I am a math teacher.
Teaching math, I rarely get to use the "right side" of my brain, the creative side.
I LOVE being creative and use my creativity to do fun things for my kids whether it is holidays or their birthday parties.
To me being creative and planning things is not stressful, in fact, it it the opposite.
Doing these things is actually a STRESS RELEASE for me.
It is therapeutic for me.
If throwing parties stresses you out, don't throw them!
We have plenty of friends who don't throw parties for their kids and that is okay!
Again, I will say it: Do what's best for YOUR family.
So to the Mom's like me who love celebrating all holidays & birthdays AND to the Mom's who don't:
To each her own.
Motherhood is hard enough.
We are all just doing our best & should support each other.
We don't need to be bashing each other for what we do or don't do.
Do you love your kids, keep them safe & spend time with them?
If you answered yes, then I think you are a GREAT Mom.