Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September 27 ~ Family Day

Family day is a day to eat dinner with your children.  Created by The National Center on Addiction and Drug Abuse at Columbia University, Family Day was a grass roots movement launched in 2001 that has grown to become a nationwide celebration.  The premise is that the drug problem in this country needs to be addressed at the family level.  Parents need to communicate with their children to keep them off drugs, and the family dinner can make the difference.  To learn more about it you can visit the official Family Day website.  While you're there you can take the pledge to become a Family Day "STAR"  which stands for: 
S- Spend time with my kids by having dinner together
T- Talk to them about their friends, interests and the dangers of drugs and alcohol
A- Answer their questions and listen to what they say
R- Recognize that I have the power to help keep my kids substance free!

Spend even more time with the kids by declaring one night a week family game night...communication is always easier when there is laughter involved.

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