Should Columbus Day be observed at all?

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before I start, since Columbus discovered the New World on October 12th, why did they choose to make it a floating holiday. It was a set date, why not just let it fall on October 12th each year instead of letting it move from year to year?)

 

Okay with the all of the opposition to Columbus Day (other than the Italians and Latinos) why is it still being celebrated?

Four states do not celebrate it. Some locations have re-designated it to Native American Day (though we know that there are no true native people to the North American continent) or Indigenous People’s Day, the Latino community refers to it as Dia de la Raza (day of the race). Hawaii calls it Discoverer’s Day and it is held on the same day.

 

Some state are no longer paying for that day off.

Wy not drop it form the calendar?

 

St Patrick was no saint

I do not celebrate St Patrick’s day… As I take a more Old Religion take on things.

St Patrick is credited in the modernized tales as driving the snakes from Ireland.

There were never snakes in Ireland. He wasn’t even Irish, but a Brit. I do not know why the traditional color of blue was changed to green, unless it was just for the stereotype, or just went better with the Irish image.

St Patrick’s Day is yet another predominantly American holiday (other than in Ireland itself where it is a state holiday and there is a special mass), like Cinco De Mayo. It was bolstered in the 70’s to what we see today.

One of the versions that I have heard over the years makes more sense.

So if we take the modernized tale as He drove the snakes into the sea but take it back to the older language… He drove the serpents into the sea.

If serpents were Pagans, and you had witnessed an untold number of men, women, and children being driven into the sea, THAT would be a good reason to get drunk.

So no, I do not celebrate it, I find it to be more of a day of mourning. (Other than it is my sister’s birthday and mom joked about her being born green after her water broke.)

 

 

A Child’s Thanksgiving Prayer

My family traditionally begins the evening meal with a prayer of thanks. When they were old enough, we began letting our children say the meal prayer. Of course at first they would ask for a pony, a new bike, etc. They soon learned the more important things which should be included in the prayer. At Thanksgiving we had the whole family over. My nine year old wanted to say the prayer. It went like this: “Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for the turkey, the rolls, the mashed potatoes, the red jiggly stuff, and the bread stuff even though I don’t like it. We ask that You not let us choke on this food.”

Also wanted to add this one:

Lord,
We humbly ask Thy blessing
on the turkey and the dressing,
on the yams and cranberry jelly,
and the pickles from the deli.

Bless the apple pie and tea,
bless each and every calorie.
Let us enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
Tomorrow we can all get thinner.

For all Thy help along the way
we’re thankful this Thanksgiving Day.
We’re thankful too, for all our dear ones,
for all the far away and near ones.

Although we may be far apart,
we’re together in my heart.
Keep us in Thy loving care,
This is my Thanksgiving prayer.

P.S.  Anyone who wishes may help with the dishes.

In all seriousness,
Thank you for sharing this time with me and our group.
We may be a rag-tag, motley bunch, but we are who we are and we love each other for it.
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
God’s blessings for all of you.