Family Day, Presidents’ Day……….Monday Day? It’s all Okay!

Family Day

Today in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta there is a holiday called, “Family Day”.   This rather new holiday falls on the third Monday in February.  In the province of British Columbia, Family Day is held on the second Monday of February.  “Islander Day” is celebrated today in the Province of Prince Edward Island.  “Louis Riel Day” is held today in the Province of Manitoba.  As for the remaining provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, there is nothing.  Well, there is something; it’s called, “Oh no, is it really Monday again and we are back to work already?”

In the United States today it is, “Presidents’ Day”.  A few years ago I had to ask my dear American husband what this actually stands for in terms of celebrating.  Is it a day like Mother’s Day where we send the President a greeting card? Well, no, it is actually the celebration of Washington’s birthday; the first President of the United States.  Why then, is it called, “Presidents’ Day” connoting more than one President?  Was Washington more that what one assumed? No, it was President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th. But wait, it gets even better than that!  Washington’s actual birth date was February 22nd!  Oh, and let’s really add some birthday cake confusion to the mix:  In the state of Indiana, December 24th is a  state holiday called, “Washington’s Birthday”.

Presidents Day

Confused yet? I sure am.  I can’t imagine how President Washington would feel knowing he was getting twice as old in the state of Indiana each year! *grin*

Ah, the antiquates preponderance of such ‘states’ of confusion, as it were.  I have a splendid suggestion.  Why don’t we have a brand new shiny holiday for everyone in Canada, the US, ah, let’s add the planet and call it, “Appreciation Day”.  We can hereby have an official day of acknowledging that which we are so in appreciation of, and grateful for in our lives.  No land of confusion here, folks, just good ‘ol fashioned thank you.  Now, where did I put my Presidents’ Day coupons for Macy’s?  I think they must be tucked inside my Family Day card.  Ah yes, there they are, and I sure do appreciate it! 🙂


Have a wonderful day wherever you are!!!

  16 comments for “Family Day, Presidents’ Day……….Monday Day? It’s all Okay!

  1. February 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I vote “YES”!


    • February 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Brilliant, David! Thank you!! Cher xo


  2. February 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Interesting post about your holidays over there Cher. Whatever it is you lucky people can enjoy your Monday off! Well, might as well make the most of it. 😉 Have fun … Iris


  3. February 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    How many votes of Yes can I put it!


  4. February 18, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I’ll vote “yes” as well. 🙂


    • February 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Excellent, Brett! I shall add your “yes” vote to the tally!


  5. Professions for PEACE
    February 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Ah Cher, your wonderful wit has me laughing out loud! I vote YES for a global Appreciation Day. Hey, let’s make cards too and we can send them to Moms, and Presidents, and everyone else too! Thanks so much for this delightful share. Happy hugs to you my friend! xo Gina


    • February 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Awh, thank you, dear Gina! The cards, the gratitude, it’s a sure winner, don’t you think? And Happy hugs back to you, my friend! Cher xo


  6. February 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Hello Cher.. and so pleased to meet you, and what a nice holiday to remember family.. although upon your explanations of the President Day etc, I smile ever broader at the titles these days for holidays.. And excuses to send greeting cards… 🙂 We have become so conditioned to them, while all the while the Greeting Card industry rubs their hands in delight at the profit margin.. 😉
    I have to admit my lack of knowledge in the Political department, both here at home in the UK and I get even more confused with the overseas versions LOL…
    Lets send each other a kind thought and do a good deed, smile at a stranger today.. And remember to respect Nature.. For we are ALL of us Family, no matter what politics we believe in or what creed we follow… Lets create a Unity Day! 🙂 shall we?….

    Loved that you are following me, and I promise to call back, but you will have to forgive me if I am always in catch up mode.. as I am trying to pace myself with WP. 🙂

    Many thanks for your visit… Love and Gratitude.. Sue xox


    • February 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Hi Sue, Why yes, it is rather confusing to me as well! As a Canadian living in the US, I am attempting to keep track of what is going on ‘back home’ as well as my ‘home’ here in the US! *LOL* If you have a moment sometime in the future, I’d love it if you’d read my post about kindness; I was a guest blogger for ‘the kindness blog’. My mission here is to spread kindness, one smile at a time.

      You are soooo right, Sue. We are all one and Unity Day is perfect. On Valentine’s Day I talked about love in all forms; people, our fur friends, etc. We are all connected and must remember that each day.

      With a big smile I thank you for stopping by! Blessings, Cher xo


      • February 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

        One smile at a time is all it takes to change the World Cher… and I will be delighted to read your post.. 🙂 Blessings Sue


      • February 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        I feel the smile speaks volumes beyond its appearance, doesn’t it, Sue? Cher xo


  7. February 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Yay for holidays!!! Family day is a great holiday in Canada! I’m already forgetting about the American holidays!!!


    • February 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      *LOL* You literally made me laugh out loud, Shelli!!!! Cher xo


Comments are closed.

Do Today Well

Inspirational quotes and poems on life and love to help us make the most of every day

Krater Café

Words and Images by Richard Reeve

Bridgette Tales

Everybody has a story. Here's a little of mine.

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique

Dawn Pisturino's Blog

My Writing Journey

Micro of the Macro

Recognizing & appreciating our oneness with Nature

Vova Zinger's Photoblog

The world around through my camera's lens

JJJ Interactive Books

Books and Poetry

Travelling is my joy of living. Sit back relax and come with me.

Jennifer's Journal

Website & Blog of J. Kelland Perry, Author

%d bloggers like this: