I think I celebrate holidays more out of tradition than anything else. Anymore it doesn't make much sense. We do what we do because we have chosen to do it. We are tied to our primal instincts. I think we're more tied to our bioligical make up than we'd care to admit. There's a hormonal drive to reproduce weather man or woman. On a base level women are the child bearers and nurturers. Men are the providers and protectors. At least that's the way it's supposed to work. Does either job raise one parent above the other? And what about the children raised by a grandparent or aunt or the children in foster care? What about them?
No I'm more apt to show my respect for another by the actions I do on a daily basis. I bought you your favorite ice cream. I did the dishes even the ones with baked on greese. I rented that movie you wanted to see for such a long time. I helped your relatives out of a jam. Because if you add it all up it comes out to something far greater than buying some cheezy card or being stupid enough to buy mom a new vacuum cleaner.
But the greatest gift a child can give a parent is for them to be happy and sucessful. Nothing gives mom more pleasure than to say my son/daughter is happy as a (fill in the blank) because she knows that she had a big part in what they became.
Teach your children well moms...