Even if a family decides they are going to not get sucked in by the
commercialism and tries to do the holiday a little bit more
traditionally (integrating Christmas within the preperatory season of
Advent, focusing more on the spiritual aspect of it, dumbing down the
amount of merchandise purchased), the lesson is going to be a bitter
one for children whose friends, cousins (and anyone else who is is
secularized but close enough to your family that they can't be ignored)
will be showing off all of their new gadgets at the family gatherings,
giving rise to a kind of confused envy in the children who understand
that mommy and daddy celebrate Christmas differently but nevertheless
wish they could have the cool stuff that secularized Uncle Jeff always
seems to buy for spoiled Cousin Jake.
After homeschooling for eleven years, I have been around the homeschooling block a few times. I no longer have to have every homeschooling book that comes along. I think I have a pretty good handle on the whole thing by now. I am committed and passionate about the subject.
However, this book... this one I must have. Alice, has written a book on socialization and homeschooling. Haystack Full of Needles is filled with Alice's wisdom, kindness and loveliness. It gives practical advice and reflects the joy of homeschooling. This will be a treat to read!