Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Cino De Mayo. These are three days, that for the life of me I can’t figure out why people get so excited about. Unless you have some direct tie to them, they are celebrated in the U.S. for one reason, to drink obscene amounts of booze. Seriously, what other reason do you need to drink beside the fact that booze exists. But these aren’t the only useless days on the calendar, here’s more..
1. Valentines Day. A day men are made to feel like dirt if they don’t conform with society and spend a bunch of money and buy candy for someone who may not need it. The garbage hits the shelves a mere number of days after New Years Eve.
2. May Day, though not a spendy day, why on earth do people of a freedom loving country want to even bat an eye at a day that is revered in the communist/socialist world.
3. Labor Day. Here is a novel thought, let’s ditch the day and simply call it “end of the summer long weekend”. Again, labor movements are tied in with communists/socialists. A good way for workers to celebrate…cash the paycheck that you earned.
Here is the kicker, two of the most revered days in the Christian world are Christmas, which we start hearing about endlessly for two months prior. And Easter, which has been turned into a hard-boiled egg and buckets of candy hunt…which are on the store shelves for about a month prior to the day. Don’t get me wrong, though I’m not really a religious guy, Christmas is huge in foundation. Easter may even mean more than Christmas when it comes to depth of meaning and impact.
Outside of the obvious mass world following of Christmas and Easter, let’s look at a few that are unique and important to our country, and our country only.
1. Memorial Day. Simple, this should be a somber day to memorialize and remember those in the military who have given their lives in the defense of this country, or in the process of enabling those of another country desperately trying to find freedom. I don’t think it should be a day for air shows celebrate those who are living…we have Veteran’s Day for that. Let’s have services at the cemetary and place flags at the graves of those who gave the ulimate…their lives.
2. Fourth of July. Simple, we stated our intention to become a free country, no longer under the yoke of the British. Let’s cook out and drink on this day…it really is a celebration, one that needs to be remembered so it doesn’t happen again.
3. Thanksgiving. Simple, a feel good day that acknowledges our bountiful ways and who helped with some good farming tricks.
Those three days are purely American, there may be other small ones not coming to mind, but they are the big three.
I have become cranky with age and cynical about anything that requires a month or more of loaded store shelves to celebrate. And for all our sake, I won’t even get into the relentless fund driving/begging for money by organizations that last a month each.