Do you think some parents go overboard with holidays?

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Do you think some parents go overboard with holidays?
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 4:14pm

I chuckled a lot reading this article from the Huffington Post, the author was complaining about how some parents go overboard on holidays like Easter  and St. Valentine's Day, making the rest of us feel like slackers: 

And do not even get me started on what Easter has become. When I was a kid my mom went to the store and bought us a new dress and a pre-made plastic Easter basket for $8.99.  THE END. There was candy and we loved it. Maybe we would die some eggs from a kit sitting in the check-out lane at Target. They would look like crap.

Now we've got to leave footprints from the Easter Bunny and make artful, Pinterest-worthy eggs with stencils and ikat prints and probably some that are hombre. AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.

Read the complete article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-howerton/can-we-bring-the-holidays_b_2903040.html

I will admit to going overboard at Easter, fun baskets are a tradition passed down through my husband's family, so they can get rather large.   It's not just candy, though, I throw in a lot of useful things as well.  When it comes to the minor holidays though, I tend to keep it simple.  I really don't care what other parents do, though, more power to them!

Are you a holiday Pinterest junkie?

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Hi Melissa.  I have to admit to being one of those parents who went overboard and I still kind of do eventhough my son is all grown up.  When my son was younger I would not only put candy in the basket but also toys, books and whatever else struck me as cute.  I'm an artist and every holiday brings me a new canvas.  The other mothers loved when I was room mother though.  I would even make holiday appropriate crossword puzzles, and color pages.  They never had to buy crayons for their kids because every holiday I gave them a new box of crayons.  I even make baskets for my husband and mother and my brother and his wife, their kids, my favorite aunt. 

"wink, wink"  y'all are all slackers.  ROFLMAO 

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I go overboard on Christmas and birthdays, but not the minor holidays.  They're lucky to get a bit of chocolate from me, LOL.


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

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LOL, I would love to have you as room mother!  I'm not crafty at all, that gene totally missed me.  

It sounds like we are similar on baskets, I enjoy looking for fun stuff for them.  I actually shop year round for stocking stuffers and baskets.  People don't understand how nuts it gets in my dh's family with stockings, you need to see if for yourself.  We look for the cool, the unique, and just plain silly.  I have a ton of great kitchen utensils from my MIL, and have already found some cool things for next year.  Here is an example of silly, my youngest DS found this at a kitchen store for his Gmas stocking ;)

http://www.amazon.com/Evriholder-HDH-Slicer-Colors-Vary/dp/B007NMP17K

It's something she'll never use, but will be hysterically laughing over when she opens it!  

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LOL, same here Sue! If I'm feeling generous, I might even make cookies :)

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My favorite website for my geek son...  www.thinkgeek.com   They have everything a proper geek would need including cool toys for just about anyone.   I've seen some of these toys in those executive type catalogues and at much higher prices.  The more you order from them the points you get and you can get some of the stuff for free with the points.  I even got my niece and nephew t-shirts for Christmas from them last year.  My nephew is a drummer and I bought him the drum t-shirt and my niece is a creative and crafty so I got her the glow in the dark shirt that you write on with a special lazer light.   She wears it every time she goes roller skating with her friends.   She lets her friends "write" on it.  They all want one. 

I actually decorate more for Halloween than I do for Christmas.  People drive by our house and say OMG I didn't know they made that much outdoor stuff for Halloween.   I've been collecting my entire adult life. 

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