When I was in 1st or 2nd grade we had a Christmas program. And I remember standing on stage, singing Oh Come All Ye Faithful with the class and fantasizing that my mom and dad would be out in the audience watching. They never came to any of those things and at the time I didn't know it bothered me until that moment.
We made sure we went to all of our kid's activities at school. I never wanted my kids to feel what I felt in that moment.