This time of year is special to many people. When I think of the year, any year, the things that come to mind are the ten holidays that many of us celebrate: New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mothers’ Day, Memorial Day, Fathers’ Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each of these holidays is set as a reminder to be thankful for something.
New Year’s Day reminds us to be thankful for the opportunities that we have. A new year allows us the chance to start over with a clean slate. “Last year sucked so I’m going to make this year the best!” Well, don’t we have this opportunity every day? “August 14th was a terrible day. Starting on August 15th I’m making some changes.” Let’s think of every day as an opportunity to start over.
Valentine’s Day reminds us to be thankful for the ones we love. It is a day when we give roses, cards and candy to show how much we love our family and/or significant other. Is this really necessary? Do you love your Valentine any less on March 18th than you do on February 14th? I don’t. Make every day Valentine’s Day if you want to. Let the people who are important to you know how you feel whenever the occasion strikes. Don’t wait for a day when there’s a convenient card to show your emotions.
Easter is an opportunity, for members of the Christian faith, to be thankful for the sacrifice made by Jesus. It is on this holiday that we remember that He came to Earth to teach us to be better people and to show us the beginning of the path to Heaven. He died for our sins so that we can simply acknowledge that we’ve done wrong, ask for forgiveness and then be forgiven. Why are we not thankful for this all year?
Mothers’ Day comes to remind us to be thankful for our mothers. These women are responsible for every human being, breathing or otherwise. Mothers’ Day is a nice opportunity to show one’s appreciation but I love my mom all year. How about you?
On Memorial Day we remember and are thankful for people who have died in wars to make our country safe. We also remember other people who have made things better for us whether it is our departed grandfather or George Washington. Without these people we would live in a much different country. Let’s be thankful for them every day as well.
Fathers’ Day…well, think Mothers’ Day but for Dad.
Independence Day is when we, in America, celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It is our country’s birthday. We live in, quite possibly, the best country on the planet but this wouldn’t be so without the people who fought for our rights. I’m glad to be living in America every day.
Veterans’ Day is similar to Memorial Day but we honor all veterans, living and dead. These are the people who are currently serving our country or who have served and passed. They are the defenders of our freedom and the protectors of our rights and way of life. I’m not cut out for the military but I thank every uniformed soldier with whom I speak.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that reminds us to be thankful for what we have. We generally think of family and friends at this time. Be thankful for what you have all the time that you have it. A lot of things; friends, family and possessions come and go.
Finally, there is Christmas. This is a time of year for people, Christian and otherwise, to be kind to each other. For Christians it is a reminder of the time when we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Gifts are given and received and people smile as their hearts are warmed and filled with cheer. Doesn’t it feel good at Christmas? Be kind to other people all year and maybe we can have that feeling without all of the lights and shopping.
Ok, there’s a rundown of the meaning of ten holidays that we may be taking for granted. Be good to one another and God bless.