History And Culture Help Us Celebrate Holidays And Traditions
Happy 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: