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Happy Family Day

– picture courtesy of wallpaperholidays.com

Recently I’ve been on somewhat of a, ‘repost roll’.  As The Chicago Files was but a baby of a blog last winter, I thought you might indulge me to share with you some early posts that perhaps you have not yet seen (I’ve changed a couple of pictures, just for fun; you know, like a bride does for her wedding:  something old, something new, something borrowed…..okay, you get the picture!)  If you have already seen this post, I do appreciate your willingness to have a little re-read!  And here we go:

Today in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta there is a holiday called, “Family Day”.   This rather new holiday falls on the third Monday in February.  In the province of British Columbia, Family Day is held on the second Monday of February.  “Islander Day” is celebrated today in the Province of Prince Edward Island.  “Louis Riel Day” is held today in the Province of Manitoba.  As for the remaining provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, there is nothing.  Well, there is something; it’s called, “Oh no, is it really Monday again and we are back to work already?”

In the United States today it is, “Presidents’ Day”.  A few years ago I had to ask my dear American husband what this actually stands for in terms of celebrating.  Is it a day like Mother’s Day where we send the President a greeting card? Well, no, it is actually the celebration of Washington’s birthday; the first President of the United States.  Why then, is it called, “Presidents’ Day” connoting more than one President?  Was Washington more that what one assumed? No, it was President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th. But wait, it gets even better than that!  Washington’s actual birth date was February 22nd!  Oh, and let’s really add some birthday cake confusion to the mix:  In the state of Indiana, December 24th is a  state holiday called, “Washington’s Birthday”.

Happy-Presidents-Day-

– picture courtesy of happydayquotes.com

Confused yet? I sure am.  I can’t imagine how President Washington would feel knowing he was getting twice as old in the state of Indiana each year! *grin*

Ah, the antiquated preponderance of such ‘states’ of confusion, as it were.  I have a splendid suggestion.  Why don’t we have a brand new shiny holiday for everyone in Canada, the US, ah, let’s add the planet and call it, “Appreciation Day”.  We can hereby have an official day of acknowledging that which we are so in appreciation of, and grateful for in our lives.  No land of confusion here, folks, just good ‘ol fashioned thank you.  Now, where did I put my Presidents’ Day coupons for Macy’s?  I think they must be tucked inside my Family Day card.  Ah yes, there they are, and I sure do appreciate it! 🙂

Appreciate– picture courtesy of thethingswesay.com

Have a wonderful day wherever you are!!!

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22 thoughts on “Repost – Family Day, Presidents’ Day……….Monday Day? It’s all Okay!

    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Yeah, eh!!! Cher xo

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      1. andy1076 says:

        Maple ice cream xo! 😄

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        And for Presidents’ Day, some cherries (George Washington story) 😉

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      3. andy1076 says:

        You sure? that’s verified through Mr. Peabody? AND Sherman? if you seen the movie I mean 😄

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        I haven’t seen the movie yet! But I want to buy the DVD!! 🙂

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      5. andy1076 says:

        you’ll get the joke when you watch it lol

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        I’ll let you know! 😉 🙂 🙂

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  1. When I was a schoolboy, we celebrated both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday. I don’t recall if school was actually closed on each of those days, but it seems to me that it was. In any case, we were always aware of the two distinct birthdays – not a “Presidents Day.” It’s possible that this was particular to Illinois, the “Land of Lincoln.”

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, thank you for this information, Bruce! Yes, I wonder why Illinois would do that, given this is the “Land of Lincoln”; you’d think this state wouldn’t want President Lincoln’s birthday celebrated with anyone else! 🙂 Cher xo

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      1. Not even the first president. We knew as kids that none of the presidents could hold a candle to Honest Abe.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Ah, and you know something, I am in awe of Honest Abe. Each time we visit Springfield, IL, I get such a wonderful feeling in the reminder that this was his home. In fact, the Lincoln Presidential Museum is the best museum I have ever been to visit. Cher xo

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      3. We would reach up to rub the statue nose for good luck. Is that still allowable?

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* Yes, and I did!!! 🙂

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      5. Who needs a Chinese fortune cookie?

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        Abe’s shiny nose will do just fine! 🙂

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  2. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    I like re posts. On a little phone it’s hard to go into the months past.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you!! Cher xo

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  3. RMW says:

    I always seemed to work for companies that didn’t give their employees the day off for President’s Day… a holiday should be for everybody across the board… I never could figure that out! At least the traffic was lighter! But I like the idea of Appreciation Day… that should be a national holiday for everybody!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you for your comments, RMW! I really do think it would be a great national holiday, too! Ah yes, the traffic certainly was lighter yesterday, wasn’t it? Perhaps a bonus for those who had to enure the workday! Cher xo

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  4. Perfectly fine! Your posts are always so interesting. Hugs, Barbara

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Barbara! You always say such thoughtful things! Thank you! Hugs, Cher xo

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