Holidays only for commercial purposes??

Holidays only for commercial purposes??

“Hallmark Holidays”

Valentine’s Day has come and gone again this year. I was surprised at how many people said they did not like Valentine’s Day. That there shouldn’t be a day to celebrate love. That we should love every day, anyway. That it is just a holiday drummed up by retailers to sell cards, candy, and flowers.

I actually searched “hallmark holidays” and came up with some interesting information, of course defending the purpose for holidays and providing a history of many of them. I also did a search of popular celebrated holidays. Shall we take a look at some of them?

January 1, 2011New Year’s Day
January 17, 2011 Martin Luther King Day
February 2 Groundhog Day
February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday
February 14 St. Valentine’s Day
February 21, 2011: Presidents Day and Washington’s Birthday (observed)
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
April 1 April Fool’s Day
April 22, 2011: Good Friday (U.S. stock market is closed on this day)
April 24, 2011: Easter
April 21, 2010: Administrative Professionals Day (National Secretary’s Day)
April 22 Earth Day
May 8, 2011: Mother’s Day
May 21, 2011: Armed Forces Day
May 30, 2011 Memorial Day (observed)
June 14 Flag Day
June 19, 2011: Father’s Day
July 4 Independence Day
July 24, 2011: Parents’ Day (HA! THIS ONE IS NEWS TO ME!!)
September 5, 2011 Labor Day
September 11 Patriot Day
September 11, 2010 Grandparents’ Day
September 16 Stepfamily Day (Never heard of it)
September 17 Constitution Day & Citizenship Day.
Native American Day: 4th Friday in September(Another new one on me)
October 10, 2011 Columbus Day
October 16 Boss’s Day.
October 15, 2011: Sweetest Day(what IS this?)
October 31 Halloween
November 11 Veterans Day
November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Day
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 21-28, 2011: Hanukkah
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 – Jan 1 Kwanzaa
December 31 New Year’s Eve

{Realizing that the above does not encompass all and the below is my opinion}…

Okay, so let’s the ones that people often send cards.
How about a $ buy the ones we buy gifts for?

Let’s the holidays people either buy food or go out.

What’s left? Looks like most of the days that people don’t spend any money tend to be historical and/or military (patriotic days). Interesting observation, don’t you think?
The most money seems to be spent on Valentine’s, Easter, Administrative Professionals, Mothers, Fathers, and Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa. {Let’s leave the religious holidays out of the equation, because that’s just not gonna change – even though I think they have become very commercialized. If you don’t spend a ton of money in December you are guilty of not doing your civic duty by helping the economy – oh, please – ya just can’t win.}
So, the other days – I think I would agree, the love of your life, moms, dads, and secretaries should all be told how great they are every day, not just one day a year. So, I believe the folks that spout that make a valid point.
At any rate, I just thought I’d think out loud on the topic. So what are ya’ll giving me for President’s Day?! Grin.

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