Let me start off by saying that I don't consider myself to be a religious. I was raised Catholic and my husband was raised Buddhist. Now we are raising our kids to be good, honest, and respectful people. We do celebrate Christmas. My kids know we celebrate Christmas because it is Jesus' birthday. But that's about it.
Now my kids go to school and they are learning more about Christmas. They are also learning about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
At Thanksgiving my five year old said, "When was the first Thanksgiving."
"I'm not sure," I replied.
"That's when the Indians shared their food with the pilgrims," my five year said.
My seven year old joined in, "The pilgrims came to America to get away from the mean king in England. He was trying to tell them what to do."
"That's right, honey." I said.
Then my seven year old thought for a minute and said, "So Thanksgiving is sorta like Hanukkah."
"Huh?" I asked.
He explained, "Yeah, the Jews wanted their freedom so they escaped from Minnesota."
After choking back the giggles, I tried to help him gain a little better understanding of Minnesota.
So should I be worried that my seven year old came home from school yesterday and said, "Guess what mom! I'm the leader of my Kwanzaa group at school! Do you think we can play dreidel?"
Merry Kwanakkamas to you!