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Lindsay - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Being that we are from all around the world and all have different beliefs, I want to know what Holidays you all celebrate and how you celebrate them.



In my household, we celebrate our religious holidays....Easter and Christmas....we celebrate our country holidays...Labor Day, Independence Day(4th of July), Memorial Day, Thanksgiving



And then of course we celebrate Halloween and New Year's Eve/Day but not sure what category that would fall into :)

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Lindsay - posted on 07/23/2009

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Well, I still forgot to add some....St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, Mother's/Father's Day, and we usually go out for a drink to help our neighbors' down south celebrate Cinco de Mayo :) I can't help but enjoy those 2 for 1 Margaritas with some chips and salsa!

Dawn - posted on 07/22/2009

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We do the usual plus Mother's day and Father's day also know as Grandma and Grandpa day. Use to do the same days as Jennifer but don't anymore.

Ez - posted on 07/22/2009

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Ok in Australia we do Christmas and Easter, Australia Day (the equivalent of the US Independence Day), Anzac Day (commemorating fallen and serving defence personnel), Labor Day and Queen's Birthday. Halloween is recognised but not really celebrated.

Being in the southern hemisphere we celebrate Christmas quite differently. It's all about being outside in the sun. Because of the heat, many people opt out of the traditional roast dinner, preferring cold platters and seafood. My family does this. We eat, drink and swim in the pool all day.

ME - posted on 07/22/2009

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lol...I'm not against Guinness by itself either...both have their selling points!

JL - posted on 07/22/2009

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I know some people don't consider this a holiday but in my family we also celebrate Oktoberfest.

ME - posted on 07/22/2009

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Oh yeah...how did the grand daughter of Maggie Dunn and Patty McCann forget St. Patty's day...LOVE IT!!! Car Bombs and Parades...what a day!!!

Mary - posted on 07/22/2009

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We celebrate the traditional Xmas, Thanksgiving, Easter holidays, although the when & where of those celebrations has to vary with my work schedule. I love Christmas, and am dreading working Xmas Eve night this year, although Molly will have just turned 1, so this isn't the worst year for that to happen :( Myfamily usually does a big 4th of July crab feast since my dad's bday is the 7th.

My favorite "holiday", and one which I NEVER work is St Patrick's Day!!!! My mother was born in Ireland, so she always made a big deal about it growing up (although we did get dragged to church in the morning - ugh!) Dropped the church bit, but still love the Baltimore & DC parades, followed by an evening of drunken debauchery, lol!

ME - posted on 07/22/2009

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ummm...I love Thanksgiving, I also love Independence day (4th of July)...anything where presents are required stresses me out and is not as fun...tho I do enjoy Christmas Mass, Music, and Dinner...I tend to like Christmas Eve better...New Years Day has always been a family celebration day for me, and we never did much for the Eve...I do like to go out to dinner...but I've never been much of a drinker...so, I didn't fit in with the other party goers.



I hate Halloween, tho Samhain, I understand to be a different holiday, so I'm not talking about that. I also hate V-day...I like to go see the Vagina Monologues on or around that day, and my husband and I completely ignore it...ick.

JL - posted on 07/22/2009

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I just saw the crown at first and thought what the heck is Hallmark doing on here...but then I read the word..Nice touch but will it get some of those women on the main COM pages to act more encouraging rather than judgmental. We will see.

~Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2009

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there's now an ENCOURAGING 'button'....



OoOOOoOOoOOoooO ~ modern technology.

JL - posted on 07/22/2009

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I like holidays and I pretty much celebrate about all of them. I like decorating..and I probably go over board..and I love all the cooking, baking, and of course the best part all the eating which is what we Southerners do best!

~Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2009

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I'm just going to give you a list - it's hard to explain all in one shot, but I'll answer questions if they're asked....



Samhain:

(pronounced sow-en) Called Halloween today, it is the ending of the Celtic year. The Celtic new year actually begins at sunset on October 31. This ritual is known as Ancestor Night or Feast of the Dead. Because the veil between the worlds is thinnest on this night, it was and is considered an excellent time for divinations. Feasts are made in remembrance of dead ancestors and as an affirmation of continuing life. A time for settling problems, throwing out old ideas and influences. This is either celebrated October 31, or the first Full Moon in Scorpio.



Yule:

Winter Solstice occurs about December 21. This is the time of death and rebirth of the Sun God. The days are shortest, the Sun at its lowest point. The Full Moon after Yule is considered the most powerful of the whole year. This ritual is a light festival, with as many candles as possible on or near the altar in welcome of the Sun Child.





Imbolc:

February 1st or the first Full Moon in Aquarius, is a time of cleansing and newborn lambs. The name, Imbolc, comes from the word 'oimelc' or sheep's milk. It is a festival of the Maiden in preparation for growing and renewal.



Ostara:

Spring Equinox, around March 21, is when light and darkness are in balance but the light is growing stronger. .





Beltaine:

May 1, or the first Full Moon in Taurus. Other names for it are May Day or Lady Day. It is primarily a fertility festival with nature enchantments and offerings to wildlings and Elementals. The powers are growing and will reach their height at Summer Solstice. A time of great magic, it is good for all divinations and for establishing a woodland or garden shrine. The house guardians should be honored at this time. (Oh, and it's also my birthday, so that's a holiday too)



Litha:

Summer Solstice, about June 21, is when the hours of daylight are longest. The Sun is at the highest before beginning its slide into darkness. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are said to be extrememly powerful. On this night elves and fairies abound in great numbers.





Lughnassadh:

August 1 or the first Full Moon in Leo. This is a preharvest festival, the turning point in Mother Earth's year. The last herbs are gathered. It is a celebration in honor of the god Lugh's wedding to Mother Earth.



Mabon:

Autumn Equinox, about September 21, was a time of rest after labor, completion of the harvest. Again the hours of day and night are in balance, with the darkness increasing. All preparations for the dark of the year and the year's ending were made, thus bringing us back to Samhain.





We also celebrate July 4th, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and Christmas with our parents / the grandparents. (Hallowe'en falls under Samhain)

Lindsay - posted on 07/22/2009

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haha...I forgot Valentine's day but we celebrate that one too. Most holidays become more extreme from the companies profitting from them but we still enjoy them!

Jessica - posted on 07/22/2009

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We celebrate them all. Pretty much the same as you I guess. I think for some halloween is a religious holiday and to others it is a pagan holiday, to us it's a dress up and get candy holiday :). I think New years Eve/Day is a lets get drunk holiday. Most people think that the card and candy companies created Valentines day, well I think the beer and liquer companies made New years a holiday :).

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