Walking Down #Memory Lane on the 4th of July (Well almost…)

I’ve always been a fan of colorful light effects like creative Christmas displays or fireworks on Independence Day.  With the latter, the loud boom can be distracting and somewhat scary – especially to a small child.

One 4th of July around ’81 or ’82, my parents packed me and my brother up in the family car, headed to the local high school parking lot.  Mama passed around the sandwich bags full of Continue reading “Walking Down #Memory Lane on the 4th of July (Well almost…)”

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What’s the Scoop on #Labor Day?

In elementary school when holidays approached, my teachers gave the history on why we celebrated them.  Year after year, we’d cutout shapes, color pre-made outlines, or glue cotton balls to construction paper to commemorate the monumental day.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember the purpose of Labor Day.  So being the Google-master that I am, I looked it up. 😉

According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day is

a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Great job workers!  Now let’s kick back and have some barbecue.

Photo: Grilling via photopin (license)

Happy July 4th

Today is extra special.  Not only is it the Fourth of July, it’s the opportunity for my husband and I to spend quality time with our family and friends.  So we’ll be grillin’ and chillin’ before heading off to watch fireworks. This will be my last post for the week, but not without wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday.

Photo:Celebration of Light festival 2010 via photopin (license)

The Aftermath of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – Great food, laughter with friends and family, watching the parades and football games. But then comes the aftermath –  itis (i.e. sleepiness), weight gain, and endless days of turkey sandwiches, soups, and casseroles….oh the tummy troubles.

This Alka Seltzer commercial is a perfect reminder of the aftermath of Thanksgiving.  Plus it’s good for a chuckle or two.  Enjoy!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

il_fullxfull.282473577Christmas is certainly in the air, and has been for quite some time.  Right after all the Halloween candies, costumes, and festivities, homes transform from white paper ghosts to decorative wreaths of red and green.  It’s almost as if Thanksgiving gets bypassed.   The only indicators may be a commercial here or there, or maybe a few aisles in the store decorated with fall leaves and Thanksgiving food items.  While I understand the marketing concept for the early reminders, sometimes I wonder if these things dampen the true meaning of these holidays.

For me, it does not.  Sometimes it helps to enhance.  The two times in the year that I really love are springtime and Christmas.  When it comes to  spring, I love the newness of life.  Birds chirping, beautiful blossoms of white, pink, and yellow, green lush lawns, and skies of pastel blue.  As for Christmas, I love this season because of the birth of Christ and all He represents, the colorful light displays in the residential areas, the smell of holiday cookies, and just the feeling of good cheer.

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