It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., which seems to me to be a strangely mashed-up, 2-for-1 type of holiday. Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine with celebrating Washington and Lincoln, because they were fantastic presidents — even if I usually favor Honest Abe a little more than Good Ol’ George. And who couldn’t use another day off school/work?
But does it seem to anyone else like we’re cramming an awful lot of events/holidays into this month just to get through it? It’s the same diversionary tactic that one uses to keep a toddler occupied at a restaurant. Look over here! Wait, is that something shiny? February, I’m onto you — but you can buy my silence with some popcorn and control of the remote.
There’s something for everyone in this, the shortest month of the year:
Sports fan? No problem — for football fans, Super Bowl Sunday started the month, and for baseball fans, spring training starts in a few days.
Like awards shows? You are covered with the BAFTAs, Grammys, the Oscars and, of course, the Razzies.
Romantic? Valentine’s Day.
Like rodents and/or enjoy being weather-savvy? Groundhog Day.
Don’t like rodents, but prefer dogs? Westminster Dog Show
Can’t get enough politics? The State of the Union Speech.
Drinkie? (Is that a thing?): National Margarita Day and Mardi Gras again.
Cold and/or know a knitter? National Sweater Day — truly a Canadian holiday, but I am a cold knitter so I celebrate this day too.
Obsessed with drama set on an English estate during the early 1900s? The “Downton Abbey” season finale just aired last night in the States. (Yes, that’s definitely an event in my book.)
And these are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. Any others you want to add?
Over the weekend, I celebrated a personal milestone of my own — my one-year blogiversary. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who comes here to read and share their thoughts. It’s been a lovely year getting to know all of you, reading your blogs, and enjoying your creativity, humor and insights. Thank you all so much for stopping by here.
And on we go.