With Memorial Day being this past Monday here in the U.S., Cee’s Share Your World questions are all about holidays.
Every country in the world has lost men and women in some kind of Armed Forces. When does your country celebrate or mourn their deaths? Memorial Day is supposed to be the day that we remember those who gave their lives for our country. But, because of the time of year, Memorial Day is more often seen as a three day weekend to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Personally, I think we should move Memorial Day to another time of year and call the last Monday in May something else.
What is your favorite holiday or holidays? I must confess – I am not a fan of holidays. I want to be. They are a great time to bring family together. But, sadly this is how I see holidays: Holidays = extra work + loss of freedom. Extra work and having no time to do the things I want to do makes me very grumpy and resentful. I know it’s just a matter of attitude so I’m working on it, but I always feel more holiday dread than I do anticipation. I do enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas once I’m there and all the prep work is done. But I’m also glad when they’re over and I can get back to my usual routine and have free time again.
All of us in the Pearson house get grumpy any time we have to be anywhere at a certain time. We all like free, unstructured days best.
My favorite holiday is Halloween, not really the day so much but the weeks leading up to it. I love the time of year with the crisp mornings and the leaves changing and I actually love the things we do to get ready for Halloween, like making ghost cookies, going to the pumpkin patch to get pumpkins we probably won’t get around to carving and putting up fall decorations.
How do you celebrate that holiday? Now that the kids are older, Don and I go to the pumpkin patch by ourselves. I miss having the boys there but I still enjoy walking around, picking out pumpkins and indulging in apple cider doughnuts and whatever other irresistible treats we find at The Farm at Swan’s Trail, our favorite pumpkin patch. It’s the one thing I will brave crowds to do.
Now that the boys don’t dress up to go trick-or-treating, we just stay home and hand out treats to the neighborhood kids. Halloween night itself is kind of boring these days. I would love it if we all dressed up and set up a haunted house for all our trick-or-treaters but it never seems to happen. It would take too much shopping.
It’s interesting that one of my problem with holidays is that they’re not meaningful anymore and yet my favorite holiday is the last meaningful of them all. I guess maybe it’s the non-holiday-ness of Halloween that I like. We can do all the Halloween things whenever we feel like it and not on any certain day at any certain time.