Holidays are a special time when all of us slow down to spend time catching up. For a lot of people, many miles still separate those with whom we are close in which case nothing is more cherished than a holiday greeting card.
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Holiday Occasions Can Be A Lot Of FunWhether you’re attending one or hosting one, holiday occasions can be a lot of fun. Some are much more fun than others, but most all of them are about hooking up with friends or family (sometimes both), and celebrating something.
New Years Day
Martin L King’s Day
Many of us also have other occasions that we consider holidays, some affected by our occupations, religion, and nationality.
If you’re a teacher you would consider spring break and summer to be holiday occasions.
If you make your living playing football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or some other seasonal sport, you might consider the offseason to be a holiday occasion.
While Protestants and Catholics share many common holiday occasions, Jewish people have a fairly long list of holidays all their own. I’ve only listed the ones when no work is permitted:
If you’re Muslim, the following are fairly common, depending on your sect:
Add to all the aforementioned the various holiday occasions that are specific to a foreign country, and the list gets a bit overwhelming. Although the Germans have nine, about the same as the US, the Japanese celebrate twenty-five (25) holidays. Maybe that’s one of the reasons they’re so productive, they get plenty of rest.
So, depending on your occupation, religion, and nationality, you may have quite a few days that you consider to be holiday occasions. Whether you actually celebrate them or not, a day off always works, so most folks welcome all holidays.
In the US, I think most people would agree that the most commonly recognized and celebrated holidays are Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years (and of course your vacation time).
Most of my life our family would get together every year at my parents home for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. With both of them gone now, it’s just not the same. Not only do we not have them around to celebrate with, I don’t get to see my brothers as much anymore. Part of the problem is that we’re spread out over Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida. That fits a lot of families, as everyone gets older, not necessarily old, just older. Jobs often take us in directions we wouldn’t choose.
On those three occasions we had a good turnout every time. The brothers always came, with wife and kids, if they had any. And one of the main reasons everybody always came was for the food. We had some great cooks in our family, and our mother’s potato rolls were to die for. Some of us could (and sometimes did), make a whole meal out of those rolls. Fresh out of the oven with butter and some of Mom’s homemade strawberry preserves, and it would get your attention, big time. Mom always knew to make a bunch. As long as she kept them coming, we would eat them, sometimes until we were sick.
Mother wrote that recipe down for all of us, but not a single one of us (including our wives), could ever match the rolls she made. It’s still somewhat of a mystery to this day. Mom’s potato rolls were a tradition for our holiday occasions. We couldn’t imagine having one without them. Most people have traditions of some kind, and they always add a lot to making the holidays special and more personal. If you don’t have any, think about starting one.
One of our favorite holiday occasions is our annual visit to Captiva Island, FL. We meet some friends there that we’ve known since the eighth grade. We stay a week and don’t do much of anything but eat a lot of great food, have a few drinks together, and talk (until the wee hours of the morning). It’s a tradition to kick the week off with a Kentucky Derby party (we all grew up in Kentucky). The host and hostess always come up with some really cool favors, like Kentucky Derby tee shirts or glasses. It’s a holiday occasion that none of us will ever miss, unless we’re sick or deceased. The same group of eight have been meeting there during the first week in May for twenty-five years now.
Do your part to make all your holiday occasions special, particularly the ones that include your family and best friends. Life is short, and you never know for sure who is going to be able to make it the next time you get together.