HolidayDispatch is a wonderful mix of history, culture, facts and folklore.
Almost every day on the calendar is a holiday or observance. We love the big ones and the odd ones amuse us, but they all enrich our lives in so many ways.
Most festivities are as familiar as family and friends, and we embrace their time-honored traditions. Others are undeniably offbeat, but often, just as much fun to mark.
It’s impossible to pinpoint the origins of most quirky holidays, and that’s part of their charm. Just like us, they’re marvelous mixtures of cultures and customs. They elevate the ordinary and celebrate the obscure.
Christmas is our biggest celebration, but its roots are no more American than Easter or Halloween. While these holidays are steeped in traditions, they don’t have the original bang of the Fourth of July. It started with our Declaration of Independence, and we’ve been lighting up the skies ever since.
We gratefully embrace the history of holidays that predate our young country and our lives are richer for their celebrations. Still, the most unusual days on the calendar hold an undeniable appeal because they truly belong to us.
Some observances are drawn from events that sadden us or make us proud, or legal enactments that make this country great. But they are all part of our unique cultural heritage and blended into the rich fabric that unites us.
There’s always more to the story and traditional tales don’t always satisfy our curiosities or delight our imaginations. History is more than an accumulation of facts, and our cultural richness is more than an assemblage of our varied backgrounds.
The inspiration for this unique site comes from my wanting to know more about the holidays and to share, with you, my interpretations. It’s a collection of shared traditions and individual experiences.
I invite you to come on in to read, enjoy and be part of my home here at HolidayDispatch. Your conversations and debates are welcomed. As a matter of fact, I look forward to them.
Join me in celebrating the stories that belong to all of us …