My teens recently attended a semiformal Christmas dance hosted by homeschool group. They had so much fun. And, it was nice for me to have the opportunity to send them to a dance in which all the kids were dressed modestly, the music was not morally offensive, the dancing was innocent, and the conversation was wholesome.
When we committed to homeschooling, one of my objectives was to provide more wholesome alternatives to traditional kids’ celebrations, e.g.,an All Saints Day party, a St. Valentines’ Party, So, I was thrilled to have a dance to send my kids to that didn’t have lewd dancing, or showgirl dresses.
But, a couple of parents I know didn’t send their kids because it was a Christmas party in the middle of Advent. Actually, most Christmas parties are during Advent, so I’ve been thinking about this. When I taught ccd, the last day before break was Gaudete Sunday, so I would have a Gaudete party instead of a Christmas party like the other classes did. As a family, we put up our Christmas tree on Gaudete Sunday, telling the kids, we are turning our Advent to a time of joyful anticipation.
I grew up in a nominally Catholic home and was very poorly catechized, so I feel like I’m learning how to live like a Catholic as we go. I’m finding it an exhausting exercise sometimes, though in the beginning, it was so much fun. Now, it feels sometimes like a constant penance…
What do you think–is it a big compromise to go to Christmas parties during Advent?