History And Culture Help Us Celebrate Holidays And Traditions

family enjoying fireworks togetherHappy 4th everyone!  I am totally stoked that it is the 4th!  I love holidays with my whole heart.  And I truly love this great country that we live in.  The 4th of July is battling to be my favorite holiday.  I mean what is not to love about it- summer, BBQs, music, strawberries and blueberries, swimming, parades, little girls in festive dresses, fireworks…?

One way I can tell that I seriously love the holiday is if I want to study about it.  I love reading all of the Christmas stories and I love studying the last week of Christ’s life during Easter.  This year I felt a huge desire to learn more about the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution.  We watched little documentaries as a family about John Adams, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and more.  Netflix has a great series about The Deceleration of Independence.  It felt right that our family sit together and learn about this great holiday instead of just enjoy the day in the sun.  I read my grandpa’s stories about fighting in the war.  I wish I knew a veteran that my family could sit and talk with on this special day.

I have wanted to listen to the great Hymns of our Country over and over.  And this morning when the veterans drove by in the parade I was filled with gratitude and was teary-eyed as I put my hand on my heart.

My challenge to you is to spend a little time to study our country’s great history and to teach your kids about it.  Your day will be so much more fulfilling.  I am proud to be an American!  Do your kids understand what that means?  Have you told them what that means to you?

Here is a little bit of our fourth so far: