Somwhere on the net a mom reported (possibly made this up) that when her daughter found out she did not have to go to school for 2 weeks, she said,
"good, two weeks without haveing to worry about getting shot."
Anyway, having kids out of school is a problem in many places for Christmas and Spring break. But we have a sort of different structure regarding education in the U.S.
Here school is all academic or vocational, the curriculum after primary does not include sports or the arts. this comes under the department of culture, as a result
that department does not take school vacations, so summer, chruistmas, easter provide lots of activities especially for the kids during those times. At all three of these periods,
school kids go on an excursion which they plan and organize. This Christmas the high school trip was skiing in North Africa. Several years back an oiltanker broke up on the
Atlantic coast, so the last minute they changed their plans and did a week of cleanup. Financially they came out ahead because while they paid for transport, the locals in Galicia gave them free
room and board. Great photos of kids covered in oil and mud cleaning up ducks, beaches, etc. Easter and summer are usually camping trips.