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We enjoy the holidays so please come and join in our activities. Strictly speaking, the United States does not have national holidays (i.e. days where all employees in the U.S. receive a day free from work and all business is halted).

The U.S. Federal government can only recognize national holidays that pertain to its own employees; it is at the discretion of each state or local jurisdiction to determine official holiday schedules. There are eleven such "Federal holidays", ten annual and one quadrennial holiday. The annual Federal holidays are widely observed by state and local governments; however, they may alter the dates of observance or add or subtract holidays according to local custom.

Pursuant to the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 (taking effect in 1971), some official holidays are observed on a Monday, except for New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There are also U.S. state holidays particular to individual U.S. states.

Holiday, The Definition

The word holiday has related but different meanings in English-speaking countries. A contraction of holy and day, holidays originally represented special religious days. This word has evolved in general usage to mean any special day of rest (as opposed to regular days of rest such as the weekend).

In the English-speaking world a holiday can mean a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation (e.g. "I'm going on holiday to Malta next week"), the North American equivalent is "vacation". Many Canadians will use the terms vacation and holiday interchangeably when referring to a trip away from home or time off work. In Australia the term can refer to a vacation or gazetted public holiday, but not to a day of commemoration such as Mothers' Day or Halloween.

In all of the English-speaking world, a holiday can be a day set aside by a nation or culture (in some cases, multiple nations and cultures) typically for celebration but sometimes for some other kind of special culture-wide (or national) observance or activity. A holiday can also be a special day on which school and/or offices are closed, such as Labor Day.
When translated from/to other languages, the meanings of the word "holiday" may be conflated with these of "observance" and "celebration".

New Years Eve

Happy New Year

The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have New Year celebrations.

The most common modern dates of celebration are listed below, ordered and grouped by their appearance relative to the conventional Western calendar.

Many cities across the world celebrate the New Year. The celebrations usually include a fireworks display, and other festivities. London, for example, has a major fireworks display along the River Thames, followed by a parade on New Year's Day.

The Gregorian calendar is now used by many countries as the official calendar.

This has meant that celebrations for the New Year have become much larger than before. Some countries even consider 1 January to be a National Holiday.

January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Here a calendar year refers to the order in which the months are displayed, January to December. The first day of the medieval Julian year was usually a day other than January 1. This day was adopted as the first day of the Julian year by some European countries between 1522 and 1579 (that is, before the creation of the Gregorian calendar in 1582). See beginning of the year.

The British Empire (including its American colonies) did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752. This change can lead to dating confusion between Old Style and New Style dates. The Gregorian calendar as promulgated in 1582 did not specify that January 1 was to be either New Year's Day or the first day of its numbered year. Although England began its numbered year on March 25 (Lady Day) between the thirteenth century and 1752, January 1 was called New Year's Day, which was a holiday when gifts were exchanged. 364 days (365 in leap years) remain in the year after this day.

Valentines Day

Valentine's Day
We celebrate this holiday with great enthusiasm!

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In the Americas and Europe, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models.

The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th-century America was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States.

Happy Valentine's Day   Happy Valentine's Day

Saint Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day
We plan to go to the garden and get fresh cabbage
right from our garden!!

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

Irish colonists brought Saint Patrick's Day to what is now the United States of America. The first civic and public celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in the 13 colonies took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737.

During this first celebration The Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized what was the first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the colonies on 17 March 1737.

The first celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern in 1756, and New York's first Saint Patrick's Day Parade was held on 17 March 1762 by Irish soldiers in the British Army. In 1780, General George Washington, who commanded soldiers of Irish descent in the Continental Army, allowed his troops a holiday on 17 March. This event became known as The St. Patrick's Day Encampment of 1780. Today, Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike.

Americans celebrate the holiday by wearing green clothing. Many people, regardless of ethnic background, wear green-coloured clothing and items. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched, though this practice is in fact alien to those who actually come from Ireland.

Happy St. Pat's Day   Happy St. Pat's Day


Easter bunnies
Easter is the introduction to Springtime and new birth.

Easter (Greek: Πάσχα, Pascha or Pasxa) is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. Christians celebrate this day in observance of their belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead two days after his crucifixion (Easter Sunday, commonly referred to as the "third day" including the day of crucifixion), now estimated to have taken place between the years AD 26 and AD 36, see also Chronology of Jesus.

Many non-religious cultural elements have become part of the holiday, and those aspects are often celebrated by many Christians and non-Christians alike.

Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost.

The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of prayer and penance.

Easter is termed a moveable feast because it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity), following the cycle of the moon. After several centuries of disagreement, all churches accepted the computation of the Alexandrian Church (now the Coptic Church) that Easter is the first Sunday after the first fourteenth day of the moon (the Paschal Full Moon) that is on or after the ecclesiastical vernal equinox.

Easter is gather the family time for a roast and good conversation.  Connor is still an "egg hunter" which entertains the crowds.

Happy Easter   Easter celebrations

Mother's Day

All countries celebrate some form of Mother's Day. The more usual time of the year for this occasion is in the spring, indicative of new life. Most observances are in the months of March, April, and May. In Ireland, the United Kingdom and nearby locations, the commemoration follows the older tradition of Mothering Sunday, which was in March or April.

In the U.S., Mother's Day is designated as the second Sunday in May. This became official in 1914 when it was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson after the passing of a bill in both houses as introduced by Rep. James T. Heflin (Alabama) and Sen. Morris Sheppard (Texas).

Mothering Sundays are traditional in many Christian denominations. Catholics mark Laetare Sunday as a time of honor for the Virgin Mary and the "mother" church of the area of the commemoration on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Servants were usually relieved of their duties on that Sunday so they could go to their home churches and visit family members.

The ancient Greeks had the festival to Cybele, mother of the Greek gods, which did not single out women as the honorees, but women were treated fondly during the celebration. The ancient Roman holiday of Matronalia was in honor of Juno, but mothers were given presents during the celebration.

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation" as a reaction to both the Franco-Prussian and the American Civil wars. Howe believed in the ability of women to affect change in society. Her early feminist movement called out for Mother's Day.

Anna Jarvis put forth the most work to have Mother's Day established as a yearly event. She began her quest when her mother died in 1907. Due mostly to her efforts, February 28, 1909 was the day of the first International Women's Day in the U.S. Jarvis was able to trademark the phrases "Mother's Day" and "second Sunday in May." She also created the Mother's Day International Association.

Jarvis was the one who was so set on having the apostrophe placed between the "r" and "s" so that it would be significant for each family to understand it was their mother singularly that was being honored.

President Woodrow Wilson made certain that the spelling was listed in the singular possessive when he made Mother's Day official. Other correspondence may show the plural possessive, even though it is not correct.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day will be observed on the last Monday in May as it is celebrated every year. The occasion was first observed to honor those soldiers in the Union army who died in the Civil War, and it was originally called Decoration Day. After the First World War, the day honored all Americans who died in wars.

Memorial Day is an official holiday that is honored by all government organizations and many public and private companies. It has become the unofficial start of summer and the summer vacation season.

Immediately following the Civil War, placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers was a common practice, especially in the northern states. Officially, May 5, 1866 was the first observance of a day dedicated to the occasion. Waterloo, New York was the location and it was due to the efforts of General John Murray and General John A. Logan.

Logan was the leader of an organization for northern Civil War veterans called the "Grand Army of the Republic." In his capacity, he proclaimed that "Decoration Day" would be observed nationally beginning on May 30, 1868. The primary reason for the date was that no war anniversaries were associated with it.

The first observance had the participation of 27 states and planned events took place in 183 cemeteries. The next year, events almost doubled. The first state to make the occasion a state holiday was Michigan in 1871, but the same happened in every northern state by the year 1890.

Over 300,000 Union soldiers were interred in over seventy national cemeteries by the year 1870. The greater majority of the dead were buried in southern states because that is where the battles took place. The most famous of the national cemeteries are Arlington in Virginia and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

Because the inception of Decoration Day took place in the homeland of the victorious Union, speeches tended to be slanted against the southern states, and they branded southerners as the enemy. This came from politicians, veterans, and ministers alike. These kinds of speeches occurred only for a few brief years before the day became a way of honoring all soldiers who died in the war.

Independence Day (The Fourth Of July)

Independence Day
Next to Christmas, our favorite since we are both flag waivers

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or the Fourth, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Independence Day, the only holiday that celebrates the United States, is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue, and take advantage of the day off and in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades often are in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem ("The Star-Spangled Banner"), "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "This Land Is Your Land", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.

Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.

Happy 4th of July   Parade at Mitch's house!


We enjoy Halloween and generally go to Disneyland and
come home to carve pumpkins

The modern holiday of Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain; from the Old Irish samain). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year".

Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, where the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

We enjoy being home and awaiting the arrival of the kids all decorated in their costumes.. specially the "Rock".

The term Halloween (and its alternative rendering Hallowe'en) is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day", which is now also known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions,until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 (which had itself been the date of a pagan holiday, the Feast of the Lemures) to November 1.

In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints' Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day. Liturgically, the Church traditionally celebrated that day as the Vigil of All Saints, and, until 1970, a day of fasting as well. Like other vigils, it was celebrated on the previous day if it fell on a Sunday, although secular celebrations of the holiday remained on the 31st. The Vigil was suppressed in 1955, but was later restored in the post-Vatican II calendar.

Happy Halloween   Pete and kids carve the punkin


Time for Sue to work miracles in the kitchen and
generate massive amounts of delicious food!

In the United States, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day legal holiday to express gratitude for the things one has at the end of the harvest season, usually directed to God.

It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (i.e. the Thursday falling between November 22 and November 28).

The period from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day is often collectively referred to as the "holiday season," and the holiday itself is often nicknamed Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving is generally considered a secular holiday, and is not directly based in religious canon or dogma.

The holiday's origins trace to harvest festivals that have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, and most people celebrate by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast. A tradition also exists to share the fruits of the harvest with those who are less fortunate.

Abraham Lincoln's successors as president followed his example of annually declaring the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. But in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be the second-to-last Thursday of November rather than the last. With the country still in the midst of The Great Depression, Roosevelt thought this would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas. Increasing profits and spending during this period, Roosevelt hoped, would aid bringing the country out of the Depression.

At the time, it was considered inappropriate to advertise goods for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. However, since a presidential declaration of Thanksgiving Day was not legally binding, 23 states went along with Roosevelt's recommendation, and 22 did not. Other states, like Texas, could not decide and took both weeks as government holidays. Roosevelt persisted in 1940 to celebrate his "Franksgiving," as it was termed. The U.S. Congress in 1941 split the difference and passed a bill requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes (less frequently) the next to last. On December 26 of that year President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law.

Thanksgiving, a special ime to remember   The babies provide enormous joy


Our favorite time of the year where family comes together
most of the time.

Christmas an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. It refers to both the day commemorating the birth, and also the Christmastide season which that day inaugurates, concluding with the Feast of the Epiphany. The date of the celebration is traditional, and is not considered to be Jesus' actual date of birth. Christmas festivities often combine the observation of the Nativity with various cultural customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Although nominally a Christian holiday, it is also observed as a cultural holiday by many non-Christians. Of note not all Christian denominations, like Jehovah's Witnesses, certain Seventh Day Adventist churches, and Members of the Living Church of God celebrate Christmas.

In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. Christmas Eve is the preceding day, December 24. In Germany and some other countries, the main Christmas celebrations commence on the evening of the 24th. The day following Christmas Day, December 26, is called Boxing Day in the United Kingdom and many countries of the Commonwealth, and called St. Stephen's Day or the Feast of Saint Stephen in Catholic countries. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6. Eastern Orthodox Churches that still use the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas on the Julian version of 25 December, which is January 7 on the more widely used Gregorian calendar, because the two calendars are now 13 days apart.

The prominence of Christmas Day increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned on Christmas Day in 800. Around the 12th century, the remnants of the former Saturnalian traditions of the Romans were transferred to the Twelve Days of Christmas (25 December – 5 January). Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival, incorporating ivy, holly, and other evergreens, as well as gift-giving.

Modern traditions have come to include the display of Nativity scenes, holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill and peace.

Merry Christmas   Paul & Sue At Christmas

Happy Everything!

Happy Everything!
Happy Everything

Happiness is an emotion associated with feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense joy.

A variety of philosophical, religious, psychological and biological approaches have been taken to defining happiness and identifying its sources.

Philosophers and religious thinkers have often defined happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this older sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics.

In everyday speech today, however, terms such as well-being or quality of life are usually used signify the classical meaning and happiness is reserved for the felt experience or experiences that philosophers historically called pleasure.

Happy Everything

Quotes To Remember

  • "To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance." -  Philip Andrew Adams

  • "No self-respecting mother would run out of intimidations on the eve of a major holiday." - Erma Bombeck

  • "Marry an orphan: you'll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws (at most an occasional visit to the cemetery)" - George Carlin

  • "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" - Bill Cosby