When did the small holidays become the big ones?

Thanks, Hallmark, for making a bigger deal out of every little holiday.  It’s a minefield to be a parent these days, because if you forget to leave something that the leprechaun would have left, you are screwed.  Your kids know, they remember, and remind you incessantly.  Awesome.

So when did this all happen?  Was it because of little things that came up due to the Hallmark cards that are created?  Did the kids get these ideas on their own?  Or was it some asshole, who did have kids or had kids but so much money that they could pay a personal assistant, who figured, ‘let’s make the parents of the world want to off themselves by having every little day become a holiday that they have to buy their kids candy, presents, or hide something’?

When I was their age (yes, I sound like a grandparent now), my parents didn’t do ANY of that.  For Easter, I got a basket of candy, and at some point, when we got older, my parents maybe threw in a cute shirt or something, and less candy.  But we never got like real gifts.  We found hidden Easter eggs, had some chocolate, and called it a day.  Kids now get gifts to unwrap, loads of candy to eat, and the worst part is, they expect it.

Me?  I am a minimalist.  I am trying to teach my kids to be happy for the little things, to not expect anything, and to enjoy just being together.  Isn’t that what holidays really are supposed to be about??  Spending time as a family?  So when it came to the giving portion of Easter,  I didn’t have time to get stuff from the Easter bunny.  What did we do?  We recycled some stocking stuffers from Christmas, threw in some candy we already had around the house, and my husband bought some sidewalk chalk from the grocery store.  My youngest even got a bag of Pirate Booty that we had in the pantry because they love it- and my middle child even exclaimed “the Easter Bunny must have KNOWN they love Pirate Booty!”   And we called it a day.  Low Key Parenting at it’s finest.

 

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One thought on “When did the small holidays become the big ones?

  1. I blame social media. Everyone wants to have the perfect picture for Instagram, complete with perfectly adorable holiday-themed craft from Pinterest—and of course all your friends are sharing their own elaborate preparations on Facebook. Social media has really escalated the idea that we should all be continually creating special moments for our kids.

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