If you were surrounded by Jews but did none of their celebrations would you have missed them?
Do english JWs miss having a thanksgiving even though only people in america celebrate it?
Did the israelites miss all the egyptian celebrations when they left with moses?
what are you actually missing?
Party's? Presents? Fun toys and games? Or just being the same as others?
I know many witness kids whose parents made a real effort to keep alternates things flowing with fun as I do. My kids may one day want to comform with the (insert whatever countries celebrations the majority observe) here but I think this not just about missing a few parties but more about the perception of People thinking they've missed out.
Reniaa, I attended the same smalltown school for 12 years. There were no other JW kids in my hometown, and so the only children that I could really identify with, and interact with on a daily basis, were the kids I was in school with. Everyday I knew that I was different, that the things that I did, that my family did, weren't the same as what all my classmates did. We were taught things, horrible things, that were supposed to happen to these young children that I was with everyday. These were my friends, and I was taught that they were things to be abhorred because their beliefs differed from what I was led to beleive. As the years rolled by, I watched these "things" celebrate holidays, birthdays and the like, and what I saw was not greedy expectation of presents to come, or mindless joy, but my friends, that I cared for very much, behaving normally, loving their families and each other, and generally not being what I had been taught to beleive they were.
So, to answer your question, yes I wanted to be like them, normal.
By the way, F*%K OFF!