April 6th National Tartan Day

If you have any Scottish heritage in your family you probably have tartan colors that tell what “Clan” you originally came from. Just like countries flags, the tartan colors identified your background and family tree. April 6th, 1320 Scotland’s Declaration of Independence from England was signed. It was used by the Colonies in the 1700’s here in the US to form it’s own independence. Since Scotland and England are linked together in one land mass, their independence is a little different but in theory, the same.

How to celebrate – See what your tartan colors are. Visit Scotland. Read Scotland’s Declaration of Independence.

March 6th Namesake Day

So who are you named after? I was named after both my grandfathers who were probably named after other family members when they were born. Sometimes we get our names from past heroes or from some movie star or music idol. Sometimes the names are really cool, but most of the time they are pretty lame because the name “Fashion” changes year to year. I know of children name LaOrange and LaLemon because that’s the jello mom got in the hospital. (Talk about lame!) Well, if you like your name, keep it… if you don’t you can think about changing it. Just remember names like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are copyrighted.

How to celebrate – Find out who you are named for. Check out the names of past family members. Create a list of names you would prefer to be called.

March 3rd I Want You To Be Happy Day

We want all those around us to be happy and we more often than not, try to do the things that would make them happy. While we do truly want our loved ones and friends to be happy it is also true that it is really difficult for us to be happy unless those around us are happy. So maybe it’s a little selfish after all that we celebrate a day like today by wanting to make someone else happy because, it is what (In the end) will make us happy too.

How to celebrate – Try and find ways to make your mate, friends and family happy. Try to keep yourself happy. Do what you can to make the world a better place.

October 2nd World Card Making Day

With all the holidays coming up it would be a great day to start making greeting cards to send out to family and friends. Spend the day making cards and save yourself a ton of money from buying them or using those online services. Nothing wrong with those cards you buy or email, they are great too, but there is nothing like getting a homemade one that makes someone feel special that you cared enough to include them in your special occasions. You can make cards for all the holidays and birthdays and for just no reason at all. This day always falls on the first Saturday in October.

How to celebrate – Make some greeting cards. Figure out bizarre holidays you can send people cards for. Get your mailing list ready.

September 12th Grandparents Day

Okay so there is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and in order to have mothers and fathers we have to have grandparents so we really should give them their own day. And hence, we do… today, September 12th as directed by Jimmy Carter in 1978. Now he didn’t really create the day but he liked it enough he thought he should make it official. And well he should. Grandparents are great sources of joy, wisdom cheap babysitters for all! Most of all, they are people too. They deserve our thanks and taking them to lunch or dinner is the least we can do. (Besides, they will probably pick up the check anyway!) Today always comes on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

How to celebrate – Do something special for your Grandparents or your children’s grandparents! Don’t abuse the love of your grandparents. Remember, your grandparents had grandparents as well and with any luck, you’ll be grandparents one day yourself.

July 24th Cousins Day

So if your parents had any brothers or sisters chances are you have cousins. My Dad’s sister had two children, a boy and a girl and they would come visit us normally once a year when we were younger. My father was a farmer so, naturally my sister and I lived on the farm. My Uncle was in the Marine Corp and was assigned to different places so my cousins would come stay with us for a month or so, normally during the summer. We had an extra house on the farm so they, and my Aunt, would live there so really it was more like having friends close by. I loved those times, though I was the youngest and often got left out of a lot of stuff. Since then another sister was added to my family and I have lost track of my cousins. Don’t let that happen to you.

How to celebrate – Hold a family reunion. Keep in touch with your extended family. Start a family tree.

June 19th Father’s Day

Father’s Day, in some places better known as St. Joseph’s Day, was first thought of in the US by Grace Golden Clayton in December 1907 when she brought the idea up to her pastor.  Mother’s Day was already being celebrated and only seemed fair that there should be a day for Father’s as well. Fairmont, West Virginia celebrated the day on July 5th, 1908 with Grace and her church celebrating a “Day for Father”. It didn’t go over too well, it seems it conflicted with the celebration on July 4th, our Country’s birthday.

So Father’s Day disappeared for a while.  Sonora Smart Dodd brought the idea up again, placing the date on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It fared a little better but still did not take off until she brought in back in the 1930’s. Maybe it had something to do with the depression and people needing a reason to celebrate, or maybe it was because so many fathers were disappearing because they coud not deal with the pressures of having to take care of a family when they had no way to do it. It made those fathers that stuck it out seem all that much more valuable. Still, Congress refused to allow the holiday as a national celebration.

Then finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated by the entire country to honor their fathers.

Now I know fathers can be good, or bad, or even non-existent. I can only speak about my own father. My father has been an inspiration to me. He always seems to know the right thing to do, the right things to say and what is important. He is always there when I need him.  Whether I agreed with his opinion or not growing up, I felt the need to respect what he said. I have learned a lot of very valuable things from him.. it wasn’t math or science, reading or writing… it was about showing up, about standing up for people that could not stand up for themselves, and it was about listening.

A father doesn’t always say things but they nearly always do something. He doesn’t have to be a carpenter to build you a tree house. He doesn’t have to be a teacher to educate you. He just has to be there. Here’s to all the fathers that show up. Happy Father’s Day!

How to celebrate: Just spend some time with your dad or any other person you consider a father figure in your life. Buy him a gift that means something, not that just satisfies your need to give something. Take an interest in what your father does, even if it isn’t something you understand, after all, he’s done that for you all your lifetime.

May 2nd Brother and Sister Day

I know not every brother and sister relationship is perfect but most come close and family is always family. I do not have any brothers but I have two sisters that I adore. They are always there for me and I try to be there for them as well. (Though I don’t always get there) We’ve had our moments too but we always seem to get over them and move on and there is no one I trust more. Love your family because some day they will be gone and you’ll never have that relationship again, at least here on earth.

How to celebrate – Spend time with your brother or sister or both. Plan a family reunion. Do something special for the special people in your life.

April 9th Name Yourself Day

Don’t like the name your parents gave you? (And a lot of us don’t) Then change it! Our parents normally have very good intentions but sometimes they miss the goal by just a smidge. Naming us after relatives, sometimes ones that lived 200 years ago, does not make for great names in society today. Now I have to admit that I do not understand some of the names people use today, If you can’t pronounce them, or it takes you a year or better to figure them out, maybe they aren’t so good. But as long as the person has the name is okay with the name, then what else really matters?

How to celebrate – Test out a new name for a day and see if you like it. Ask why you were given the name you have. Try a nickname out for size.

March 7th Namesake Day

It is an honor to have something named after you, a child, a street, even a pet! That means that someone thought so highly of you that they wanted to keep your name a part of their lives by naming something that every time they call it, or speak of it, they will think of you. I am named for my two grandfathers, having ones first name and the others middle name. Of course there are certain names that should probably not be passed on no matter what. Ask why you got the name you ended up with, I’ll bet there’s some sort of story there.

How to celebrate – Think of people you would like to honor by using their names. Research family names and ask if any of them were “handed down”. Pick out your favorite names and then try to fond a reason to use them.