Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A few words about Halloween and holidays in general.

I don't enjoy Halloween. I think it's a waste of time, energy and money to "celebrate" Halloween. Do I think it's celebrating the devil? No. I just don't think that for me, as a parent, that I should have to spend my time thinking and planning and doing for it. It's a kid thing and I try to stay out of it as much as possible. Call me a Grinch, but as someone pointed out, a Grinch would actually enjoy Halloween. I'll be the Easter Bunny of Halloween... and hide in my burrow.

Anyway, how is it I spent last night making 2 brain cakes for school? Why was I called on to find this or that for costumes? Why did we have dinner at the Halloween spectacular at Sparky's?

Why is it that so much energy is spent on Halloween at school including a costume parade and class parties, but no mention is made of Thanksgiving. The kids don't even get Turkey Day off. This year they'll get Friday off at least, next year they won't even get that much, yet the school will close for an entire week for Diwali. Yes, I understand we're in India and Diwali is the Hindu Christmas. But last I checked the school still had "American" in its name, and as such I consider Thankgiving quite a central holiday to America.

You know the two American holidays acknowledged next year? Labor Day and Presidents' Day. Labor Day probably because every country has a Labor Day, so why not. Presidents' Day? I think it's actually a teacher workday. I'd easily give up both to have Thanksgiving back.

So, I'm thinking I'll look around for costume sales now, for next year. Though I have to admit having Katherine dress up as Miss Tween Chennai today was pretty cool. Wish I'd gotten a photo.

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