This is about U.S. holidays. Customs vary from country to country. For example, some countries celebrate Earth Day in March and Labor Day in May. For something to celebrate every day of the year see Holidays and Special Days.

New Years Day (January 1)
Groundhog Day (February 2)
Valentines Day (February 14)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
April Fools Day (April 1)
Easter (between March 22 and April 25)
Earth Day (Apr 22)
National Arbor Day (last Friday in April)
May Day (May 1)
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
Mother's Day (2nd Sunday in May)
Memorial Day (May 30, celebrated the last Monday)
Fathers Day (3rd Sunday in June)
Flag Day (June 14)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (first Monday in September)
Grandparents Day (Sunday after Labor Day)
Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
Halloween (October 31)
Veterans Day (November 11)
Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November)
Hanukkah (December)
Christmas (December 25)
Boxing Day (December 26)
Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1)
New Years Eve (December 31)


Holidays of the Heart

The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart,
The secret anniversaries of the heart . . .
(Henry Wadesworth Longfellow)



Love in All Seasons Holiday Album

(Melanie E.)

First page: LOVE IN ALL SEASONS, I didn't try to line up the letters on any page. Scatter small stickers to represent different seasons/holidays.
First double page spread: HAPPY (upper left corner) NEW YEAR (lower right corner) Stickers in the opposite corners. I used the party hats w/ confetti dots and used the same colors in the letters
2nd double page spread: BE MY (upper left) VALENTINE (lower right) all in red. Cinnamon hearts in the opposite corners
3rd: EASTER (up left) TIME (low right) in lilac and the darker of the pinks in the letters (don't remember the correct name). Easter eggs in the corners.
4th: MOTHER'S (up left) DAY (low right) in light pink and light blue. Flowers and hearts in the corners.
5th: FATHER'S (up left) DAY (low right) in primary colors. The stars with words on them (Excellent, Super, etc.) in the corners.
6th: 4TH OF (up left) JULY (low right) in red and blue. Blue and red balloons and stars in the corners.
7th: HAPPY (up left) HALLOWEEN (low right) in yellow and orange. Various Halloween stickers in corners.
8th: WE GIVE (up left) THANKS (low right) all in brown. Corn, leaves, pumpkins in corners.
9th: MERRY (up left) CHRISTMAS (low right) in red and green. Presents/Candy canes and the silver jingle bell in the corners.
What you put on the last page will vary depending on how you decide to use the album. It could be a mini-family album for one year of holidays; favorite pictures from all through the years that bring back the best memory of that particular holiday; or a child album, showing what just that child has done on those holidays during the year. So I'm not sure what to put on that last single page.


Greeting Card in an Album

Take an 8x10 album page and run a strip of photo tape down the left side next to the jeeping. Cut a sheet of white (or pastel) acid free paper the size of the page between the jeeping. Attach the paper to the photo tape. Using a straight edge, fold the paper back about 1/4 inch from the taped edge. Decorate the front with die-cuts, photos, stickers, etc. We used a camera die-cut, and ABC stickers to spell out Get Well Soon. We also decorated with flower stickers on front. Inside we used a basket die-cut and filled it with ivy and rose stickers. We wrote: This basket full of good wishes comes to you from all of us. We missed you today. Hurry and get well so you can crop with us again soon. Everyone signed it.

This idea would be great for cards for Grandma and Grandpa or any scrapbooker. By using the 8x10 size if will also fit in the 12x12 album. Photos could be mounted on the back. A page protector could be used if you cut off a narrow strip to allow for the paper that is taped down. This would allow the front of the card to be opened.

You could put the front of the card in an 8/10 photo sleeve and attach it to the jeeping of the page using a hinge (see flip pages in General Layout Ideas). Or have the paper extend past the left side of the sleeve about 1/4" and attach it to the jeeping with photo tape. Either way you could use a page protector without having to trim it.


Songs about Holidays


Songs about Occasions



groundhog Groundhog Day


If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
there'll be two winters in the year. (Scottish couplet)


Groundhog Day

February second is Groundhog Day.
Will he see his shadow? What will he say?
If he says, "More cold," if he says, "More snow"
Then back into his hole he will surely go.


Candlemas

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.


The Groundhog

In a snug little burrow
Deep down underground
Sleeps a fat little groundhog
All safe and sound.
Be careful not to wake him
From his sleep so deep
For he's a grumpy little fellow
If he doesn't get his sleep.
On February second
He yawns and he stretches
And climbs out of his hole
To check on the weather.
If he sees his shadow
He turns right around
To spend six more weeks sleeping
Until spring comes around.


The Second of February

There's only one day the whole long year,
That I hope and pray the sun won't appear.
The second of February, you all know,
The groundhog goes searching for his shadow.
If he should find it, the story is told,
We'll have six more weeks of winter's cold.
But if it is cloudy, his shadow's not there,
There'll soon be warm weather
and days will be fair.
So please, Mr. Sun, for just this one day.
Find a big dark cloud--and stay away!


More information about Candlemas and Groundhog Day


Songs about Groundhogs



cinco de mayo

Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May
in Mexico is a holiday.

Fiestas, parades, that's what you do-
food, music and dancing, too.

Defeating the French they celebrate.
Cinco de Mayo is a festive date.



globe Columbus Day


Quotes About Columbus and Columbus Day


Songs about Columbus Day



Boxing Day box

Boxing Day is observed on December 26 each year in the UK, Canada, and parts of the US (including Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and West Virginia). The way I understand it you box up all the items you no longer use and donate them to charity.
See The History of Boxing Day.



Happy Kwanzaa banner

Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966. It was designed to give African American community the opportunity to celebrate their heritage and reinforce community values. It was named for the Swahili word 'kwanza' which means first fruits. The extra 'a' was added to signify America. It is based on the tradition of agricultural ancestors who got together to celebrate the harvest. The modern celebration is based on seven principals about dealing with others, rebuilding lives and creating a more positive image.

This comprehensive Kwanzaa website has the history, ritual, principals, traditions and ways to celebrate the holiday.

There is a wonderful site about Ethnic Scrapbooking that has ideas for Kwanzaa pages and other things as well.