What will you be doing to celebrate this year?
Will you, as so many of us do, join the seething multitudes hitting the malls, shops and online stores in search of bargains? Will you be finishing your long weekend feeling more exhausted than you did when it began? (Memories of December running through your mind?)
As the day is intended to honor our presidents, why not forgo the shopping and get into the intended spirit of the occasion?
Get the whole family involved
Traditionally school kids spend some time preceding the holiday partaking in activities designed to teach them about the accomplishments’ of our leaders. Why not let some of that enthusiasm and knowledge spill over into our homes?
Make a game of it – have the kids quiz parents and older siblings on their presidential knowledge and history. As well, don’t forget kids love arts and crafts and they are a fun and wonderful family activity. How about making Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat out of objects found in the home? Let your children’s imaginations run wild and before long you will have a museum of sorts to show off to relatives and neighbors. Need ideas – the internet is a treasure trove of ideas designed to capture the attention of kids of all ages.
Don’t forget to utilize the kitchen – enlist the family to bake a cake, make cookies or cupcakes – one for each president.
Attending and participating in community events
Traditionally a time of remembrance and patriotism, many communities schedule events around the holiday and they are well worth attending. Historical groups offer reenactments, celebrations are undertaken and citizens visit historical sites right in their own backyard – often ignored unless entertaining out of town guests. If you are lucky enough to have such a site in your area – be sure to visit.
If the opportunity arises, participate in some of the festivities – become an actor in a reenactment, volunteer to be on an organizing committee or fundraiser to help offset the costs.
Take a trip
Finally, if you have the time and money – plan a mini-vacation to an historical site. But bear in mind – Mount Rushmore may be a little chilly in February.