Agree that these aren't really classic holidays, but I dislike the Hallmark created celebrations such as "grandparents day", "sweetest day", "secretaries day", blah, blah, blah. Treat people nicely every day is my philosophy. You can't make up for being a jerk with a card saying sweet things once a year. (Sorry, I know I sound cynical here!)
I agree, but as a secretary who hasn't been recognized at all for the last 5 Administrative Professional Days, it kind of stinks. I love my job and I'm grateful for it, but it would be nice to be appreciated at some point. Because I do my job well, they are able to better do their jobs. If I did sloppy, half-rearend work, they would sure be complaining about me, so why not say "thank you" when I'm helping you look good!
Are we going with
A category holidays like Christmas, HAlloween etc
B category like Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day etc
C category like President's Day Columbus Day?
D category like Sweetest Day, All Saint's Day etc?
There are some worthless holidays out there that shouldn't even count. President's Day....Columbus Day Flag Day. WTF, Why do these even count as anything but a simple remeberance.....why is our govt shut down on these days?
Then we have stuff made up like Secretaries Day Sweetest Day...but also some ancient holidays that are just totally glossed over like All Saint's Day.
I'm going to go with something B level and say St. Patricks Day. It's only purpose is to drink and is a celebration of nothing really. At least Valentine's Day is celebrated by everyone in some way. Most people don't really get all mushy on this day and the older you get the more you neglect it. BUT, it's fun to eat chocolates and help your child celebrate....and a good excuse to go out to dinner. St. Patty's Day, to me is too close to Easter and I'd rather decorate for the more colorful Easter than that.
I think Valentine's Day can be a great day for some and a horrible day for others.
I thought Labor Day was pointless until I read about its history as a way of celebrating the American workers and the rise of unions around the turn of the 20th Century. The value of unions can be debated today, as well as whether people should be forced to work on that day. But knowing the way American workers were often treated before these reforms, the success of the labor movements is something I'm willing to celebrate.
I think pointless holidays include Sweetest Day and Grandparents Day. We don't need another Valentines Day in October, and we celebrate grandparents on Mothers and Fathers Days.
A lot of these holidays have great pasts or history. I don't appreciate the commercialization of them and most of the today's people have forgotten the history of them.
Flag Day for us in the United States is a day in June to celebrate our Flag. The adoption of our flag, which it also happens to be the Army's celebrated birthday. It is not an official day, but we wanted a day of celebration in June.
Arbor Day started back in the 1800's, just an improvement day... then in the 1960/70's we got EARTH DAY....(pointless).
April Fools Day long history there.... back to Medieval times
Grandparents Day, Parents Day, Sweetest Day are new days made up to have a second chance to show your love you love them. I like sweetest day better than Valentines Day, but that's me.
Ground Hog Day- when some little (actually quite large) rodent comes out of his burrow and if he sees his Shadow 6 more weeks of winter or 6 more weeks til spring. UM, duh, it is always 6 more weeks til Spring....
St. Patricks Day - I'm of Irish Protestant heritage, me celebrating a Catholic holiday is nuts, I don't wear green and if someone comes up and pinches me they are going to get punched. But I understand the background of this holiday... and as an Irishman, who doesn't like a day to drink.
Labor Day - the creation of the Labor movement and is dedicated to Social and economic achievements of the American Worker. Supposed to be a national Tribute for all the workers have done, "strength, prosperity and so on.... " sounds like a Union holiday to me.