One Halloween season I was sitting with my mother in the (crowded) waiting room of her cardiologist's office. It was decorated to the hilt with pumpkins, witches, spider webs and spiders, black cats, skellingtunz, orange and black streamers, everything. I was feeling snarky, so I quietly asked Mother why she didn't hang onto me for another week plus a few days so I could have my birthday on Halloween. She gave me a LOOK and announced to the whole room exactly how much I weighed at birth (9+ lbs!), and how long I was, and said she couldn't have carried me for another minute.
I did a face-palm and slid out of my chair.
I love Halloween. I have a few Dia de los Muertos decorations, too that I made from paper mache. Until the fundamentalists made such a splash, i think pretty much everyone celebrated Halloween. At least I don't remember anyone not dressing up for the school Halloween party.
Thanksgiving is starting to take on a too religious tone for me. I miss the days it was mainly about eating a huge meal and watching a whole lot of football. I try not to celebrate it with my extended family or it would be a day of praying and taking about god. Barf!
We only do Easter for the kids who I don't think even believe in the Easter bunny. Mainly, it's an excuse to take spring photos and get new dresses.
Of them all Halloween has always been my favorite, without contest, as it seems to be for many of us.
It really depends on the family. Mine never read to me, but I always had a deep fascination with books and learned how to unlock their secrets early on(end of 1st grade), so I could get to the parts I wanted.
I do love being read to, though--once or twice in elementary school teachers would read certain books--Bunnicula, etc to the class. I read to students a few times when I worked at Libraries--I've worked at a total of 5 over the years. I don't think their parents ever read to them, either. Some parents just aren't book people, and see no reason to instill any interest in books into their kids. Too easy to plop them in front of the tv or computer.
Of course, I also live in the south, where books are considered snobby and reading is considered a waste of time.