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Hanukkah Hubris

It is early August and my craft table is awash in a sea of blue and white card stock.  No, I’m not scrapbooking about a recent vacation at the beach.   What I am doing is working on this year’s crop of Hanukkah cards.  Although Hanukkah is still 4 months away, I want to get them up on my Etsy store now so shoppers will have a chance to see them before the actual holiday.

Blue is one of my favorite colors, so I am enjoying this project.  But as someone who does not celebrate Hanukkah, I am challenged to know whether or not the end results are anything those who do celebrate the holiday would want to share with others.    I guess only time will tell.  As I search online for suggested sayings for Hanukkah cards I find it interesting that many sayings sound suspiciously like the generic phrases that might go into Christmas cards, including: “good tidings at Hanukkah.”  Seriously?

These others seem much more thematically appropriate:

  • Wishing for the festival of lights to shine down on you and your family
  • Happy Hanukkah from all of us to your beautiful family.  May these eight days of celebration bring peace and joy to your household
  • May the Menorah candles shine bright in your life.  Remember the miracle they represent. Best wishes.
  • May this Hanukkah fill your home with faith, light, freedom and love.
  • May your home grow brighter, your faith grow stronger, and your hearts be warm with each candle you light.

Perhaps this is why on the second page of my search results there was a link to a blog post about whether Hanukkah cards were simply the further corruption of that minor holiday into something it’s not: a card-worthy end of the year holiday – i.e. Christmas as well as the New Year (as opposed to the Jewish New Year which occurs in the fall).

Am I assisting in this co-oping process by adding my own cards to the mix?  Probably, but if so, I am hardly the first – commercial card makers, major retailers and advertisers have been at it long before me — and I doubt I will be the last.  But as I ponder the issue it does put a damper on my Hanukkah card making enthusiasm and I wonder if it’s even worth it.

Just as I wonder any time I put a card up on my Etsy site — if I’m ever going to make a difference with them.  I’d like to think, major or minor holiday, birthday or just because, there is always a reason to send a card to someone.  Just to let them know they are on your mind.  There are few things better (at least to me) than to open the mailbox at the end of the day and find amongst all the catalogs and advertising flyers an envelope with familiar handwriting on it – from a friend or a family member and to discover it’s a card or letter from them.  [Of course as I write this I realize I don’t necessarily practice what I preach and am rather negligent in my own reaching out, except for the two most important people in my life.  The others I connect to by e-mail or phone, if that.]

When I first started making cards, I had grand plans; I was going to change the world with my cards; people were going to use them to write things of great import and with great impact on those who received them.  Um….yeah, right.  I’ve often heard that the way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.   He obviously has not agreed that this is my grand purpose in life.   I wonder what is.

 

Handmade Hanukkah Card by Certain Smiles. Images (c) Stampin' Up!

Handmade Hanukkah Card by Certain Smiles. Images (c) Stampin’ Up!

Handmade Hanukkah Card by Certain Smiles.  Images (c) by Stampin' Up!

Handmade Hanukkah Card by Certain Smiles. Images (c) by Stampin’ Up!

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Wacky Winter Holidays

Following up on my Labor Day post about unusual fall holidays, I figure, now that we are about to start 2015, it’s time to look ahead at what days you didn’t know you needed to celebrate in the next  3 months.  Of course there are those two biggies — Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  But depending on your romantic status or national heritage, those can be kind of non-events if you’re not “qualified” to participate.  Although I have heard it said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day…

Regardless, I’ve again weeded through the various websites listed at the end of this post and come up with my favorite off-beat special days for January, February and March.  If you look closely at the list, I’m sure you can begin to learn certain things about me – I’m a pet lover, I like crafts, books and to be organized, I’d like to make the world a better place, and I’m hungry…. I hope you find some days here that you can celebrate (or at least smile at) or use the links at the bottom of this post to find your own special occasions!

J A N U A R Y

January National Blood Donor Month
January National Hobby Month
January Get Organized Month
January Be Kind to Food Servers Month
January Creativity Month
January 3 Festival of Sleep Day
January 3 Fruitcake Toss Day
January 6 Three Kings Day
January 6 Cuddle Up Day
January 8 Argyle Day
January 10 Peculiar People Day
January 12 Clean Off Your Desk Day
January 13 Make Your Dream Come True Day
January 14 National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 18 Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne’s birthday)
January 20 National Buttercrunch Day
January 20 Penguin Awareness Day
January 23 National Handwriting Day
January 24 Compliment Day
January 24 Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day
January 27 Chocolate Cake Day
January 28 Fun at Work Day
January 28 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
January 29 National Puzzle Day
January 31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

F E B R U A R Y

February National Heart Month
February Hot Breakfast Month
February Library Lovers Month
February 2 Groundhog Day
February 4 Thank a Mailperson Day
February 4 Homemade Soup Day
February 7 Send a Card to a Friend Day
February 7 Bubblegum Day
February 10 Umbrella Day
February 11 Peppermint Patty Day
February 12 Lost Penny Day
February 13 Get a Different Name Day
February 14 National Donor Day
February 14 International Book Giving Day
February 15 National Gum Drop Day
February 15 Single Awareness Day
February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 19 Chocolate Mint Day
February 20 Love Your Pet Day
February 20 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
February 22 Banana Bread Day
February 27 Polar Bear Day

M A R C H

March Caffeine Awareness Month
March National Craft Month
2nd Week of March Crochet Week
March 2 Old Stuff Day
March 3 National Anthems Day
March 3 What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
March 4 Hug a GI Day
March 6 White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
March 7 Dress in Blue Day
March 8 Genealogy Day
March 8 Proofreading Day
March 10 Middle Name Pride Day
March 13 Pluto is a Planet Day
March 14 National Potato Chip Day
March 14 National Pi (π) Day
March 16 Freedom of Information Day
March 18 Biodiesel Day
March 22 As Young As You Feel Day
March 25 National Waffle Day
March 27 Quirky County Music Song Titles Day
March 30 Take a Walk in a Park Day

These sites were very useful in collecting my list of days:

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/
Provides detailed information on each day, its origins if known, and even provides information on how to create a special day of your own!

http://bugsandbunnies.blogspot.com/p/little-known-holidays.html
Blog musings on a select collection of odd holidays.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2014/09/
Laid out in calendar format which means you sometimes need to do extra clicks to find the info you need, but there is a wealth of information on this site.

 http://www.holidayscalendar.com/holidays/weird/?year=2014
A basic list of odd holidays; a good starting place.

http://www.checkiday.com/
Have to scroll through day by day. Good if you just want to check for a specific date.

 

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