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on the other hand, though, holidays can be lots of FUN and it sometimes
seems we are lacking in this at school. at our school last year (middle
school) halloween was "banned" - no costumes or make up were allowed
supposedly because it was too distracting. i thought this was a huge
bummer. i have also been intrigued to learn about and share the origins of
some holidays with my kids. st. patrick's day, for example - everyone
wears green, but does anyone know why? to me its a little disturbing that
we all participate in something few of us understand or bother to think
about. holidays pose a little critical thinking opportunity...there are
some excellent web resources for "real" holiday info.
in addition, i feel like a dazed moth in my strong attraction to cool
holiday art traditions from non modern mainstream usa. some examples are
the art of pysanky, sort of like batik engraving for eggs (awesome web
sites!), the dias de los muertos figures, chinese new year dragon
i would love to hear if/how others struggle with these issues and what
solutions have been found!