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Friday, November 30, 2007

My Perspective Of The "Holidays"

Here is a picture of Griffin in his swimming therapy which is on Thursdays, he is still doing really great with it and seems to thoroughly enjoy his time in the pool.

I suppose that most of you are gearing up for the holidays, I am not however because I am agnostic so it will just be another day for me although I do allow Griffin to enjoy this time of year because he is a child and I believe that when he gets older he can decide what he wants to do with his spirituality and religious choices. I am not offended by religious holidays since I am a spiritual being it's just that it is really something that is very private for me and personal. I am offended by how commercialized Christmas and major holidays have become and I am a bit of a rebel when it comes to spending money on "stuff" for any given holiday just because society supports these celebrations sometimes spending such a great deal of money that it leaves them in the red for the rest of the year. Holidays, especially Christmas, can and does create a great deal of stress for family members, friends, and partners/spouses alike and I just believe that it is far better to give a gift from the heart for no particular reason throughout the year to show that you really care and that you are truly a thoughtful and generous human being.

Even though I tell everyone to not get presents for me I do give them permission to buy stuff for my little guy, this will only be his second Christmas celebration and I think that he is getting to the point of understanding what it is all about as far as the exchanging of gifts. I got him a really special gift which I am certain that he will enjoy, it is the V-Flash (by V-Tech) with 2 cds to go with it, one is Shrek and the other is Spongebob...........he is going to be so thrilled to have this item and I can't wait for him to use it. I believe that it will be challenging for him therefore it will hold his attention longer and at the same time it will be educational.

I have spoken to Griffin's teacher about doing ABA at home and she said that she believes that it will be too much for him and I agree. The thought had entered my mind as a friend of mine is doing it for her child but her child is not as high functioning as Griffin. A very dear friend of mine who has worked with Griffin since he was little bitty told me that Griffin needs down time when he is at home and that is why we have not done it in the past and now that I think of it, I am sure that it is still true. Griffin loves doing his homework and I am just going to leave it at that.

I hope that you guys are all doing well, I hope to receive comments from you or to get an e-mail as I will do my best to keep you updated on what is going on with us. Lots of hugs to you, my dear friends!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

well said, Lora. Christmas makes me crazy anymore-it is way too commercial. I wish we could just "quit" cold turkey, but we are in too deep with the boys right now. But one day soon....after "santa" is no more...we are just going to take a trip every year.

amy in co

KC's Blog said...

I know you what you mean when you say, "I am offended by how commercialized Christmas and major holidays have become and I am a bit of a rebel when it comes to spending money on "stuff" for any given holiday just because society supports these celebrations sometimes spending such a great deal of money that it leaves them in the red for the rest of the year." I totally agree, 100%!
It is especially hard trying to raise Jewish kiddos when there is so much Christmas stuff galore in the stores. It's all so tempting for kiddos. You are doing an excellent job raising Griffin, you are such an inspiration to me Lora, we love you very much!
P.S. Is Griffin floating on his back? He looks so comfortable in the water! A little fish! Way to go little dude!

Melissa H said...

Hey there, Love! Just wanted you to know that there ARE some of us Christians out there who haven't been completely ruined by the commercialism of Christmas. But, it isn't just Christmas. Just think: as soon as this holiday is over with, December 26th will bring Valentine's Day and hearts and candy and anything that Hallmark can make money on! LOL

Always praying for you, dear friend. ALWAYS!