by Laura Bickle
Few things get me rantier than holidays.
I don't tend to get very excited about traditional holidays. To me, they dissolve quickly into exhausting travel demands, gift wish lists, menu battles, and general pain-in-the-assness. Holidays, to me, are all expectation-laden and guilt-trippy.
So...yeah. I've had enough of traditional holidays. But I love the made-up ones.
Not the card-company manufactured ones, like Grandparents' Day. I'm talking about the ones we create for ourselves. The ones that you and maybe your nearest and dearest celebrate, that have special meaning that you've created for yourself.
Things like...the anniversary of when my husband and I got married. And the anniversary of our first date. Cat birthdays. International Talk Like a Pirate Day - that's a good one. We make a really ridiculous cake every year for that one, with action figures on top. We celebrate the start of Renaissance Festival, the big yellow cheese moons in fall. I celebrate the first days of spring by cleaning out the house and washing the floors with a lavender oil floor wash. The dog days of summer are now being celebrated in a kiddie pool in the backyard. We watch the Perseid meteor shower every year with marshmallows to toast.
Celebrations don't have to be big or conform to social expectations. But there's nearly always something to celebrate, and I'm down with that.
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