Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Serious questions I am currently pondering: do the minor holidays become more fun when you have kids? Is that inherent, or do you have to work at it? Will I be good at it when the time comes?

By "minor" holidays, I am referring to almost anything that is not Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the 4th of July - take it to be whatever you like. Personally, I'm thinking of Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween. Do holidays like those become more important and / or more fun if you have children to celebrate them with?

Yesterday was an absolutely normal day for us - I wore green to work, sure, but other than that, there was no recognition of  St. Patrick's Day, whatsoever. Granted, neither of us are Irish.... but then again, neither are most of the people I see "celebrating." In the past, we've drank green beer, and experimented with black and tans, but we haven't ever decorated or gone all out or anything. The same goes for things like Valentine's Day and Halloween: we don't really decorate the house, we don't do anything special other than have a nice dinner for the former and hand out candy for the latter. HOWEVER... everyone I know who has kids seems to really embrace these "minor" holidays, and have a ton of fun doing it.

Exhibit A:

My friend, Ashley, made leprechaun traps with her two kiddos. How freakin' cute is that?! It looks like so much fun. Clearly, though, if I tried to convince C to sit down and catch a leprechaun with me, he'd look at me like I'd just grown two new heads. And the look would be well-deserved.

My Facebook and Instagram have been covered with special pictures for these minor holidays: special outfits, fun treats, new activities - you name it. Who comes up with these things, and how do you know to do them? Do you just automatically have more fun when you have kids in the game to work your magic with? More importantly, will I be good at celebrating the minor holidays when the time comes, after years of generally ignoring these days? 


zegolf said...

Our son was born ON Halloween of last year, so that holiday will most assuredly be quite a celebration!

I just worry about when he goes to college...

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

I think Pinterest has definitely contributed to some of the more elaborate minor holiday celebrations. People feel like they need to outdo the next person. But I do think these kinds of holidays are more fun with kids, because THEY get so excited about them. But I also think that it depends on what things are important to you, and thus what you make important for your kid.

Lisa C said...

If you work with kids, all these minor days can be cute and educational activities. When we have kids, I have no intent to do those crazy things. Also, no Elf on the Shelf.