Tuesday, October 03, 2006

What's Wrong with This Picture?

The controversy swirling around the movie, Facing the Giants, reminded me of something that happened last year on a car trip. My oldest son was reading a neat little book called "The World Almanac for Kids: 2005." He was plying us with cool factoids. Then he hit the "Federal Holiday" page. Below is how this information appears in a book which boasts "More than 3 Million Copies in Print!":

New Year's Day: The U.S. and most other countries celebrate the beginning of the new year on January 1.

Martin Luther King Jr., Day: Observed on the third Monday in January, this holiday marks the birth (January 15, 1929) of the African-American civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2005, it will be celebrated on January 17.

Presidents' Day: On the third Monday in February (February 21, 2005), most states celebrate the births of both George Washington (born February 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809).

Memorial Day or Decoration Day: Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May (May 30, 2005) is set aside to remember men and women who died serving in the military.

Fourth of July or Independence Day: July 4 is the anniversary of the day in 1776 when the American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence. Kids and grownups celebrate with bands and parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks.

Labor Day: Labor Day, the first Monday in September, honors the workers of America. It was first celebrated in 1882. It falls on September 6 in 2004 and September 5 in 2005.

Columbus Day: Celebrated on the second Monday in October, Columbus Day is the anniversary of October 12, 1492, the day Christopher Columbus was traditionally thought to have arrived in the Americas (on the island of San Salvador). It falls on October 11 in 2004 and October 10 in 2005.

Veterans Day: Veterans Day, November 11, honors veterans of wars. First called Armistice Day, it marked the armistice (agreement) that ended World War I. This was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving was first observed by the Pilgrims in 1621 as a harvest festival and a day for thanks and feasting. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln revived the tradition. It comes on the fourth Thursday in November--November 25 in 2004 and November 24 in 2005.

Christmas: Christmas is both a religious holiday and a legal holiday. It is celebrated on December 25th.

(Photo by eshm... see flickr.com for restrictions.)


John O said...

I think that on Christmas the name Jesus AT LEAST should have been mentioned. I would have said this:

This day is celebrated because of the birth of Jesus,the Son of God.

T said...

Well said, John O.

Sarah Onderdonk said...

John O... you are a very thoughtful young man. Thank you for posting.