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1. Holidays are a chance to get together.
2. A holiday leaves personal reminiscences.
3. For me a holiday is just a day off.
4. Holidays are a part of our culture.
5. I long for large family gatherings.
6. Holidays are great fun.
7. Religious holidays are important for us.
A – 5
B – 1
С – 7
D – 2
E – 6
F – 4
Our family is very small. I’m an only child and my Father’s deceased. So it’s always just my Mom and me. We have a wonderful time on Thanksgiving, though, because we usually start putting up all of the holiday decorations and it is great fun. It’s nice in a way, but I must admit I am envious of big loud family dinners especially during holidays. Today I am going to an old friend’s for Thanksgiving dinner. I have almost always gone there since I was 10! It’s loud and cosy there on Thanksgiving. I feel blessed to know them.
Well, we are a family of atheists and we never do anything religious. Of course my children know the story behind religious holidays as I do feel it is important to be educated in prominent religions and culture just as I feel it’s important to be educated in Greek and Roman mythology. I don’t believe in it, but there are still lessons to be learned. For us Christmas as well as other holidays is all about having family and friends around. We make sure not to spend a lot of money on presents because that’s not what we want Christmas to be about!
Well, I am a witch and I practise Wicca so here is what we do for holidays. I read about the origins of the holiday, where it came from, what traditions are associated with it. Then we do an activity to celebrate that holiday. Each holiday has different crafts and rituals to do. When my son is old enough, I will explain what the Christians believe in and how throughout history things have changed into the modern Christian belief system. I think it is necessary to understand what we believe in and how we celebrate, and why we differ from other religions.
To tell the truth, I grew up without celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas because my parents didn’t believe in that type of stuff. 1 can honestly tell you that it has affected me in some ways. When I spent my first Christmas with my boyfriend’s family, I cried my eyes out. I wish my parents celebrated Thanksgiving or Christmas with me. I don’t blame them for not doing it but honestly I wish I had that type of memory. Celebrating a holiday is not about whether it’s good or bad. What really counts is the memory that it leaves.
I don’t ‘celebrate’ any religious holidays but I do participate in holiday activities simply because I find them enjoyable and entertaining! Throwing Halloween dinner parties and Christmas pot lucks are my favourite things to do. They give me a chance to socialise and meet new friends and neighbours, and also to show off my cute little Halloween cupcakes. They should give you a chance to be a kid again, not the opposite. Dress up and have fun with it! I agree with others that especially these days, holidays are more to do with entertainment than with religion.
People all over the world traditionally celebrate such common holidays as Easter, Christmas or New Year. But of course each country has its own traditional holidays connected with its history and culture. For example, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day to follow the traditions of the first settlers. I believe we have incredible holidays and most Americans love to get involved in one way or another. Some countries have no holidays or parades and others only have two or three. I think we need holidays and traditions because they help us understand who we are.