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Monday, December 1, 2008

How Holiday Celebrations Got Started

Have you ever wondered how holiday celebrations got started? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary the word holiday is from the words Holy Day. Holy Day is a day of observance for a religious event. Observance of a Holy Day can be traced back to biblical times when God commanded the Jewish people to observe seven days as holy in Leviticus 23. Today in the USA, we use the word holiday to mean an observance of national, cultural, or religious event. Christmas was formed as a national holiday in order to observe cultural and religious celebrations during the winter season.

I read a book a few weeks back titled, Mrs. Muddle’s Holiday by Laura F. Nielsen.

Nielsen shows how the Maple Street community celebrates many traditional, religious and cultural holidays throughout the year. Then a new neighbor, Mrs. Muddle, moves in and educates her neighborhood about celebrating out of the ordinary, extraordinary days, like the leaf fairy hides presents day. Will the neighborhood join in and celebrate with Mrs. Muddle?

To learn more about Laura F. Nielsen please visit here

Write All About It!

Holidays are an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. List the holidays your family celebrates through out the year. Write a story about your favorite holiday with your family.

If you could create a holiday, what would you name it? Explain what you would do on that day.

Please share with Jewel you ideas by posting in the comments section!

Until next time, happy writing!

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