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Gearing up for the holidays

It has begun. The long-awaited countdown to Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you honor at this time of year. We are a secular household but still love a few time-honored traditions. One of them for me is the advent calendar. Its origins can be traced back to 19th century Germany, although my first […]

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Joan - December 7, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Growing up we had a small felt wall hanging (I guess you would call it) of a Christmas tree. Underneath the tree were numbers 1 – 24 with a small ornament safety pinned. Each morning we would take the ornament off the number and pinned it on the tree. On the 24th, there was a place in the base of the tree to put Baby Jesus. My brother and I would take odd or even days but fight if better ornaments were on the days we didn’t have. To be fair about the 24th, we put Baby Jesus in the tree together.
Of course if you read my latest post, I’ve done nothing about Christmas. As far as religion, I guess our house is a mix. My husband is definitely a Christian as my daughter. I’m questioning a lot of things which has rubbed off on my son.

Cate - December 7, 2008 - 6:25 pm

Hi mate,

my kids have adored Advent calanders over the years too. My mother ended up making them a fabric one a few years back, and even though they are now nearly 16 & 18 respectively, I’ve already been told that they are expected it filled with treats for when they get home from Germany & Australia within the next week :-)

Live it up – go get one for yourself too

Cate - December 7, 2008 - 6:26 pm



Stephanie - December 9, 2008 - 12:08 pm

We always had the chocolate ones too.
Even though we have a fancy one now, I bought Trev and Maddie chocolate ones at the market.
But they ate them all that day.
(which is why I only put something in each day, and not ahead of time!) :)

Can’t we all just get along?

Recently I followed a link to a blog that had taken a pretty hard stance against unschooling. The blog author had read an essay written by a teenager who was urging parents to consider their child’s feelings and interests and she considered his essay to be “horseshit”. I’m not providing any links because she has […]

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Cate - May 27, 2008 - 11:01 pm

In regards to the homeschooling issue – I absolutely agree with you Evie! I wrote a little while back on my blog that I don’t care what type of homeschooler people label themselves as – I can learn something from all of them (and I do!). Hence the eclectic list of blogs that I read.

Love the colours in your flower pic too.
Cate :-)

Joan - May 27, 2008 - 11:40 pm

People need tolerance and non judgment in so many areas – parenting, mothers working or not, and religion are a few on my mind recently.
Take you and me – we are making totally different choices right now on schooling, working (though w/your talent that might change), and church. I find your writings about your life very interesting and I support your decisions.

whimsigal - May 28, 2008 - 1:00 am

Cate, you’re so right. We can all learn so much from one another. It’s a shame how many people get hung up on the labels. Glad you like the pic of the flower! :)

We do come from different perspectives, don’t we? Yet I love reading your blog and your take on life and you’ve said in your comment you enjoy mine. I hope that I have never made you feel badly towards me about any of my sometimes strong opinions on topics like school and religion. Reading that woman’s blog made me realize how easy it is to be judgmental of someone and their lifestyle and I do NOT want to do that.

I value your opinions and support your decisions as well!!

piscesgrrl - May 28, 2008 - 3:05 am

The hard thing to remember is that we never get to see the big picture and we never get to know the intricate workings of another’s mind, so we make judgements based upon the wee bits of information we have. I had a ‘run-in’ with an extremely authoritarian parent not too long ago. She pulled her rank on *my* son which is what finally tipped the scale for me, but in our conversations we both learned a lot about the other and why we parent the way we do. We got more of the big picture. We still fall down in separate camps, but it was fascinating to me that we actually had an insightful conversation when I was ripe for a fight and expected an entirely different response from the one I got!

Hey, question – I keep forgetting to ask. Did you meet bossy?!? Do tell! She came near me and I really really considered going, but in the end… I didn’t. Laziness.

Maria - May 29, 2008 - 2:15 pm

Great food for thought. I don’t know the blog you’re referring to, but I’m in the camp of “let’s learn our own way and you do whatever works for you”.