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Midge Raymond
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Weekly Writing: Holidays

Happy President’s Day!

In honor of the holiday, I’d like to focus today’s prompt on holidays. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.)

Holidays are wonderful but odd in that, depending on your job, sometimes you get the day off and sometimes you don’t. (Before I worked at a university, I didn’t even realize some holidays existed. And until I lived in Boston, I didn’t know there was any such thing as Patriot’s Day, a.k.a. Boston Marathon Day.) Sometimes you’ll be celebrating a religious holiday that no one else seems to be aware of; other times the whole world seems to have the day off for a holiday you don’t celebrate at all. Still other holidays may be special to you but apparently not special enough to close the post office. And much of the time, we “celebrate” a holiday without really thinking about the origins of it or about its significance.

So today, write about a holiday that you’ve always liked — it could be anything from President’s Day to Mother’s Day to Valentine’s Day. Write about why you like it and how you celebrate it. Then write about a holiday you either dislike or basically ignore — and why. Finally, write about a holiday you’d create if you could make up a new one for all the world to celebrate.

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