Outside my windows is a grey, rainy day. The remaining leaves on the trees falling almost as often and heavy as the raindrops. The leftover colors, still offering a bit of brightness to the overcast day. While I sit inside warm and dry, sipping my coffee and watching nature’s ballet being performed outside, I am contemplating holidays. Not only because that was the topic on the list, but because it is that time of year. So many special days in a short time.
While Halloween is not an official, day off from work, mail doesn’t run holiday, it is a special day for the kids and kids at heart. For a few hours we get to dress in costume and roll play, escaping the reality around us. Events are held from parties to any variety of ways to get candy to the kids. Time spent laughing, amazed at the ingenuity that went into crafted costumes to the store bought but fun. The expressions on the faces of the kids when the candy falls into their bag, joining what was already there. Friends greeting friends and allowing a moment of escape and fun while keeping the kids safe.
Thanksgiving, while usually a day for remembering for what we are thankful, this year will be more difficult for some. It has been an insane year with many trying moments. Yet, no matter how bad it has been, there is always something, somewhere for which to be thankful. No matter how great or small. I lost a job I had held for a few months shy of thirty years, but I was able to be here for my parents. My unemployment checks are small, but they paid the bills. I have no health insurance, but I have stayed healthy. A pandemic has kept us distanced from each other, but I have a huge yard in which to stay active. I don’t have an extravagant lifestyle, but I have enough.
As a Christian, Christmas holds a very special place in my heart. Not the overly commercialized buy, buy, buy, me something day. The spiritual day. And while December twenty-fifth may not be the actual day of birth, it is the day used to remember. Do I decorate? Yes. Do I buy gifts? Yes. Do I have a nativity scene set up in my home? Yes. I strive to remember what the day means to me, not retailers, some of who, have had the displays out since before Halloween.
December also holds Hanukkah; Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Thank you Wikipedia.
Then Kwanzaa; Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture which is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast of faith, called Karamu Ya Imani. It was created by Maulana Karenga and first celebrated in 1966. Again, thank you Wikipedia.
February Valentine’s Day. Yet another of those overly commercialized days in which the retailers push heavily. My opinion, and since this is my blog, that’s what you get, is that we really should not need one day set aside to buy stuff for each other. While I am sure it helps the retailers meet sales goals for a set time period, it also sets people up for disappointment. Does a piece of jewelry really show the level of one’s love? Does a room full of flowers or a table covered in candy really show the level of love, or is it shown in the day to day actions of caring and attention? Personally, I enjoy one on one time deep in conversation and time spent together more than a piece of jewelry that can be lost or stolen.
March The first day of Spring. It may not be a holiday, but it should. The passing of winter’s time and the beginning of the earth returning to life and the explosion of color and sounds. The passing of the frigid temperatures and the beginning of warm days growing ever longer.
Easter is one that is celebrated on different days. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Full Moon date, based on mathematical calculations, that falls on or after March 21. If the Full Moon is on a Sunday, Easter is celebrated on the following Sunday. Thank you Time and Date.com https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/determining-easter-date.html
For the Christian, Easter is the day celebrating the risen Christ. A day in which death was defeated when Jesus the Christ walked from a borrowed tomb. Another day in which retailers take full advantage, which causes some to forget the meaning. A day where symbols that mean one thing to one group of people are used to symbolize another.
May has Mother’s Day while June has Father’s Day. While I do acknowledge these days, I feel the same toward them as I do Valentine’s Day. Spend time when possible with family. Show them attention every day, not just ever so often and definitely not just once a year.June also has the first day of Summer. That time of long, warm days in which most time is spent outside enjoying what nature brings.
July Independence Day. Let the fireworks begin. Celebrating the birth and independence of a nation. Celebrating what so many fought for, freedom. Celebrating the birth of a country similar, but yet like none other.
August has my birthday but moving on..
September has Labor Day. “Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend” Thank you Wikipedia.
September also brings the first day of Fall. When the trees begin to take on that glorious dress of end of season wear. When the colors of the various plants rival the brightest flowers.
Wait, you’re saying I skipped or neglected one? No, that was intentional.
January New Year’s Day. The celebration of the passing of the prior year and the beginning of the new. With the year that we have had in 2020, this New Year’s Day will probably be the most celebrated ever. While the year 2000 held great concern and fear for many, which did not come to pass, the year 2020, has been a nightmare. With all that has gone on, from pandemic to election, to earthquakes, fires and killer hornets, we will all be glad to see it end. I can only imagine what the celebration will be like when the clock ticks over and the Time Square Mirror ball has dropped beginning 2021.
These are recognized days here in the United States. I am sure that there are many in other lands that I know nothing about. Days considered of special importance and respect. Do I have a holiday in which I am thankful? Any and all that gets my family together as one unit to celebrate life and its gifts.