I am thrilled to be hosting this month’s Multicultural Kid Blogs Carnival.
This month’s theme is Teaching Multiculturalism around the Holidays, with a specific focus on dealing with clashing cultures or traditions. As my daughters get older, they smother me with waves of questions daily. I’ve recently had to do some quick thinking on whether I want to embrace extra holidays to the ones my husband and I grew up celebrating. To give you an example, P, 6 started crying earlier today because she decided she wanted to celebrate Hanukkah and I couldn’t answer all her questions -this from the person who grew up in NY and declared I was taking Hanukkah off since my Jewish colleague Amy got Christmas. (and yes Amy totally supported my request!)
This got me wondering how other multicultural and expat families handle the holidays.
One of the reasons I love hosting, apart from the great reminder to take the time and read other writers’ blogs, is that I always learn so much! I had no idea that neither the Dutch nor the Russians celebrate Christmas on the 25th. I am also grateful for Leanna’s and Varya’s posts which can be used as mini Baha’i primers -and both left me wanting to know more on such a peaceful faith. The stories submitted of how people accommodate relatives and embrace other faiths or holidays have been sweeter than a large mug full of egg nog.
Little drummer boy drum roll please!
- Galina from Trilingual Children shares the story of how their Italian-Russian family worked out integrating and splitting the Christmas and New Year celebrations over several key dates. Careful, her Panatone picture will have you short-circuting your keyboard!
- All Done Monkey‘s Leanna shares a guest post she wrote for InCultureParent on how their Baha’i family honors Christmas. I particularly like the advice she gives parents who chose not to celebrate the cult of Santa and how to discuss it with their kids while minimizing spoiler alerts for their children’s friends.
- Sarah from A Life with Subtitles shares the tips they have learned to help family members from different cultures feel included in celebrations. I loved how this post highlights that even families of the same faith may have differing traditions that need to be figured out.
- Aimee, from Raising World Citizens, recounts the day her son wondered why local shops didn’t display Hanukkah decorations. As a kid who begged her parents to allow her to become Jewish, I am appalled at how little I knew about Hanukkah traditions apart from lighting the Menorah. And we won’t even get into the fact I confused Festivus (curtosy of Frank Costanza rom Seinfeld) with Kwanzaa. <I best ignore that knocking on the door since it’s probably the multicultural police coming to take me away for my ignorance>
- Amanda from Expat with a double buggy explains the traditions behind Sinterklaas in the Netherlands and how he isn’t the same as Santa. I say nice excuse to celebrate twice! She’s left us with the minor mystery of why the Turkish Sinterklaas comes from Spain on a boat. Anyone? Moors in Spain?
- Creative World of Varya shares what Christmas is like on Mainland China, where it isn’t an official holiday but many people still go all out in their celebrations. Varya and her family are Christmas Gawkers – they love being surrounded by the festivities but don’t celebrate Christmas themselves.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s carnival. Please share it widely and show all our contributors some comment love. There’s nothing we writers like more than hearing a few words from our readers!
I’ll leave you with a funny version of one of my favorite holiday songs. Spare a thought for me stuck in the tropics.