Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

for those of you who celebrate Hallmark Holidays. Here at the Fabulous Fifties Household love is in the air every day, don'tcha know.

Back in my younger days I fell into the card and gift holiday trap. But as I've mentioned before, I don't keep cards so they are a total waste of money in my opinion, especially in this economy. Getting and giving gifts should be from the heart, not mandated by a holiday, but it does take the pressure of such a holiday to prod some hearts into action.

We quit acknowledging Hallmark Holidays when Grandparent's Day was added to the list, after all, we already bought them a card and gift on Mother's Day and Father's Day. Then there are Secretary's Day and Boss's Day which puts both members in a pickle. Now there are so many holidays it's hard to turn the calendar page without seeing one.

The schools can't decide whether to stay open or closed on Martin Luther King Day and President's Day. Remember when each president was remembered on their own day? Now they are just lumped together on the nearest Monday so the government can get a three day holiday out of it.

St. Patrick's Day started as a celebration for the patron saint of Ireland, yet it has spread across the world, or at least the partying countries of the world. For that matter, Valentine's Day was started as a celebration for St. Valentine or Valentinus, although now the Catholic Church can't remember exactly which saint that is.

Mardi Gras is a celebration with ambiguous pagan beginnings, which the Catholic Church couldn't eliminate so adapted them to Christianity. In America, we think of it as a New Orleans celebration, but other cities in the U.S. as well as around the world celebrate the coming of lent by over-indulging for a week or more. Again, these are the partying countries of the world.

Speaking of pagan beginnings, many of our Christian celebrations have evolved from them. When the Catholic Church couldn't convince the Greeks to leave their traditions behind, they simply incorporated them into a Christian holiday as a way of converting the pagans to Christianity.

I like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. I know where and why they started.

Until next time, may you have blessings and holy-days,
Marti

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