Don’t like the holidays that are already out there? Don’t think there are enough holidays out there? Well, make up your own holiday! It’s not really all that hard to do although there are a lot of holidays out there so you will need to make sure someone else hasn’t already laid claim to the day you are creating. Some days are copyrighted so you’ll have to be careful you don’t infringe on a legally obtained holiday. You also kind of need to have a decent reason for your holiday. There is a difference between decent and logical. Like today is a decent holiday but not really all that logical.
How to celebrate – Create your own holiday. Create a reason for your new holiday. Celebrate life.
Remember back when the only way to get a card was through the mail or hand delivered for a special occasion? It was such a joy to receive a card from someone for the holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and sometimes… just for no reason at all. The world has changed, today email and digital cards are more popular and probably more practical. However, they don’t actually mean the same thing. You can’t put them up on your mantel or display them for others to see (well you can if you print them out or make them your desktop background). There is something special about getting a card from someone, it’s even better if it’s from someone you know.
How to celebrate – Send someone a card today. Go to the store and read through all the cards in the card section. Start writing your own cards.
Today is President’s Day. Well, not really but we will pretend it is. The first President’s Day was celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided we needed to add Abraham Lincoln to the mix, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that it didn’t matter what date it was on so long as it fell on a Monday (The third Monday in February) so government workers could have a three day weekend. Later it was decided that it really should include all Presidents but the date was kept the same. So this year, it is between Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, not that anyone intended it be that way.
How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.
It seems only natural that we should celebrate National Egg Nog Day on Christmas Eve. There is no other drink so associated with the holidays as egg nog. You can make it yourself, you can buy it in a store and you can add a little whiskey or cognac, or both, for the adults in your crowd. It’s become a tradition in many families, starting around Thanksgiving and lasting until the end of the year before being put up for the next season. I was unable to find a true history of egg nog, though honestly I didn’t look real hard for it, but it seems to have been around since the middle ages. It’s simple enough to make, is sweet and flavorful and requires nothing that wasn’t readily available even 800 years ago. So before it disappears again for another year make sure you add egg nog to your parties and holiday get togethers. If you don’t like egg nog, just add a bit more booze and you won;t even know you are drinking it.
How to celebrate – Have some egg nog. Check out all the items made to taste like egg nog. Make your own egg nog drink.
Today we offer a gift to everyone, nothing expensive but meant from the heart in wishing everyone joy and peace. It does not matter what religion you are, though it is generally associated with Christmas, it can be any faith and any songs that include goodwill and good wishes. You don’t even need to be a good singer, just willing. It is hard to say when caroling began, it was probably during the times of St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century as Christians sang songs dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. In those days, singing for ones supper was a common practice and has most likely been the repeated over the years as caroling….but for now a little eggnog, fruitcake or perhaps just a little goodwill for all.
How to celebrate – Go caroling (no matter your religion). Spread joy to those around you. Show up where you are least expected, but most welcome.
Today is sort of a reminder that we should be getting our Christmas cards together and sending them out so they arrive in time. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the Christmas card is a simple way to let someone know you are thinking of them. It can be a “Holiday” card instead, it just happens to come at Christmas. The Christmas Card was invented by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 (Kinda odd, we certainly hope you do not get a lump of coal for Christmas this year). Even those cards with the picture of the family in those gaudy Christmas outfits are welcomed. They should be fun, colorful and let people know you care.
How to celebrate – Send out your Christmas Cards. Find a way to send a card noone else can send. Make your own Christmas Cards this year.
We all know Santa but not many of us know there was a true St. Nicholas, in Greece, a couple of hundred years after Jesus’ birth. He would later become a Bishop in the Catholic Church and finally a Saint. He use to throw small bags of coins out his window for children to celebrate the coming of the holiday season. The bags resembled socks and are now represented by the hanging of stockings at Christmas. His identity was not turned into Santa until the early 1800’s in America. While Santa is not exactly the religious type, Saint Nicholas was. As a Cardinal he would have worn lots of red and he most likely had a beard in his later years.
How to celebrate – Learn about the real St. Nicholas. Discover who turns Santa fat! Visit Greece!