What do Jehovah's Ws children do at school during Valentines Day?
I am a teacher in public school, and one of the teachers for my special ed kids threw the biggest Valentine day party I have ever sen in school. There were so many parents there volunteering and candy galore. Even sugar free candy in case there was a diebetic.
The parents of many of the kids sent the most beautiful Valentine cards to their kids, and the teacher read aloud the dedications on the cards. They said things like, "Dear, you were a tiny little creature when you were born, but you have grown in our hearts so big that you will never leave our hearts. We love you and are proud of you! Happy Valentines Day!"
They were so touching, and came with family pictures of the kids as inrfants. Some made them into little Cupids out of photo shop. Parents were crying. Even the kids let out an occasional "Awwww." (1st grade class btw. They do that a lot.)
Everybody gave Valentines, and everybody got valentines. Except for..... drum rol.....
The one JW kid. Her mom was there in the corner with her arms folded and a frown on her face. Her daughter was reading and doing homework, worsheets etc. I of copurse knew the first second that she was a JW. So Iwent over to talk to her just to see what she would say. She didn't speak English, she just said something like, "No lo permito."( "I don't allow it") I tried to engage her in Spanish but she just refused to get into the reasons. ""somos Testigos de Jehova'. No celebramos Valenmtine Day." That was about as much as she probably knew to say about it. I guessed that she was new to the JWs.
I asked the teacher, Ms. Lee after what she did with JW kids and if she had alternative parties for them. She just said "No." But then she said something that shocked and horrified me. "Most of the time they ask if it is an art project, and if I say "yes" then they say, well it's an educational art project so they can make all the hearts and Cupids they want."
I was floored. An art project that includes making Hearts on Valentines day and giving and receiving Valentines and candy?!!? WTF?
I have never heard of it before, Yet, Ms. Lee, teaching for over 30 years, said "MOST of the time" She said it was rare what the mother was doing to day, actually coming down to the school to make sure her child sis not do anything pagan.
Anyone else know what JW kids do on Valentines Day?
Oh, and I also asked the mom in question, if she gave cards etc. to her kid at other times during the year. She just looked completely condused at that question and just said "No."
- danmanLv 610 years agoFavorite Answer
Don't forget without such legalistic, talmudic rules of conduct, they would not be able to harp on how they are more Christ-like, they practice 'the true' religion.
So they become just like the Sadducee's and Pharisee's of Jesus day who look for tiny infractions of the law instead of fulfilling the greatest commandments of Jesus sermon on the mount.
Become a Jehovah's Witness and you can't...
Celebrate Mother's Day
Celebrate Father's Day
Celebrate Grandparent's Day
Celebrate New Year's Eve or Day
Celebrate Flag Day
Celebrate Independence Day (Fourth of July)
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Celebrate Valentine's Day
Celebrate "Any" Holiday
Sing any Holiday Songs
Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving
Create Holiday artwork in school
Join the Boy Scouts
Join the Girl Scouts
Buy Girl Scout Cookies
Become a Cheerleader
Attend class reunions (No "Worldly" association)
Go to the school prom
Play School Sports (No competition allowed)
Play Professional Sports
Join any organization that has ties to Christianity
Shop at the Salvation Army
Volunteer for the Salvation Army
Donate to Relief Organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Charities and more
Shop at Church run thrift stores
Shop at Church Garage Sales
Shop at any Store that has Christian ties
Contribute to the Red Cross
Attend a Church School
Join the YMCA
Join or work for the Military ( work on military bases such as in the PX or clean homes on military bases)
Become a Police Officer
Attend Alcoholics Anonymous
Have any job with a gun
Strike against a Company
Salute the Flag
Sing the National Anthem
Go to War
Wear Clothing Associated with War; e.g. Combats or Army Tops
Work in the United Nations building
Karate - no martial arts of any kind
Vote (Conscience matter now to please Governments, you will be ostracized if you do)
Run for any Public Office
Campaign for a Candidate
Contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund on your tax return
Can join union, but not participate in its affairs
Run for class president
Join Sororities or Fraternities
Participate in holiday parties at school
Buy lottery tickets
Can't buy a raffle ticket
Date without supervision - young or old
Date unless you are planning to marry them
Watch R rated movies
Cannot work on another Church
Own a religious picture or statue
Smoke cigarettes, pipes or a cigars
Sell cigarettes, pipes or a cigars
Store your own blood before an operation
Eat blood sausages or sausages with "plasma" in ingredients
Use fertilizes in your garden which has blood products in them
Wear blue jeans or casual clothes to the Kingdom Hall
Wear pants to the Kingdom Hall if you are a female
Wear skirts or dresses that are above the knee at any time
Wear any type of long hair if you are a man
Wear a beard in some Kingdom Halls and areas (judged hard)
Pierce ears if male, other body parts if female
Have any tattoos
Say curse words
Can't be hypnotized
Get divorced unless scriptural (adultery or fornication is committed by one partner) if you do divorce cannot remarry unless ex fornicates first
Toast drinks (pagan origin)
Throw rice at a wedding (pagan origin)
Say "Bless You" when someone sneezes
Say "Good Luck!", "Wish me Luck", "I was Lucky" or "You were Lucky"
Tell ghost stories
Own a Smurf
Eat Lucky Charms Cereal (References to Magical)
Throw a penny into a wishing well
Promote anything Superstitious
Have wind charms because they represent a pagan symbol for scaring away demons
Watch "Magic" acts or do "Magic" tricks
See a Medium or Fortune Teller
Watch TV Shows or Movies, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", "Touched by an Angel", "Bewitched" , "Harry Potter", any Occult type shows
Listen to certain classical music, like Shubert's Avé Maria. (Mary worship)
Have ethnic decorative items in the house like Tikis or African masks
Say "It was fate" or mention anything to do with "fate"
Engage in any risky acts such as: Sky Diving, Bungie Jumping & Hang Gliding
Have Jesus as your Mediator and Savior
Can't partake in the Memorial of Jesus' death, by eating the unleavened bread or drinking the wine; only allowed if you are from the elite group of the 144,000
A woman can't hold a position of responsibility in the congregation
Wear or own a Cross
Attend another Church (Spiritual Fornication)
Have unauthorized Bible study groups
Associate on a regular basis with nonbelievers
Associate with ex-members
Associate with disfellowshipped ones
Talk with disfellowshipped ones
Sue another Jehovah's Witness
Marry a nonbeliever (If you do, you are judged hard by the congregation)
Marry in another Church or attend a wedding in another Church
Have a funeral in another Church or attend a funeral in another Church
Pray, including holding your head down, when a nonbeliever prays
Study other religious articles not from the Society
Read negative information about the Society
Question the Watchtower Society on anything
Exercise your on conscience if it goes against the religion
Question the Society or the Organization
Have Christian freedom
Some individual jw may claim that their own conscience may allow one or two of the above activities, but overall the list is representitive of their beliefs. Talmudic to say the least.
- ?Lv 510 years ago
I don't understand why this upset you so much. I was raised as a JW (not one now) and whenever there was a Valentines Day/Christmas/Mothers Day etc "activity" going on in my school me and another JW child got given something else to do. It wasn't a big deal, the teachers and the other kids just recognized the fact that we didn't celebrate that stuff. We didn't get picked on, we didn't feel left out.
This mother sounds a bit OTT so I wouldn't look on her as a great example.
- CatherineLv 44 years ago
Yeah, they are doing that at the Elementary levels here too...its very dumb, but when a parent complains the school board feels obligated to step in and make it all better....whats really happening is that "Grown-ups" are trying to rip the childhood out from underneath them. And if theis parent was so against Valentines day, she should be against other holidays as well, that can teach kids exactly the same thing. Im sure she didnt step in on Fat Tuesday and say it tought her child how to be a drunk? Its just a stupid school rule and the lady is being ridiculous.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Valentines Day has anyone looked up the origin? Origin of Valentine's Day began in Ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno, Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses..now should true christians take part in such a holiday? does it not say that all worship goes to god? one of his commandments...
the origin of the holiday is point blank pagan..but you see many religons just dont get it..thats why there called false religon..they contradict what the bible teaches..
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- BrookLv 610 years ago
When I was in elementary school, there was one JW girl in my class. She was excused from all the holiday parties and got to go home.
- 10 years ago
um your kidding right? You really find this upsetting. I really don't think you need to worry about how happy and well cared for Jehovah' witness kids are when there are so many legitimately neglected children in the world.
- Anonymous10 years ago
they celebrate NOTHING because they realize that most holidays we celebrate in america originate from pagan holidays and they assume (without researching for themselves) that pagan=evil.\
sadly, most christianity is heading this way.