Holiday Reform

Celebrating and reviving the true meaning of the holidays is a necessary step to save America from impending suicide

Our holidays have generally become an empty excuse for a day off, thread worn retail sales, and enjoyable social gatherings. These activities usually lack any acknowledgement of the underlying and solemn importance of the days.

Independence Day (July 4th) is perhaps the most vivid example. Fireworks, hotdogs, and apple pie fill the day. The Spirit of ’76, however, has nearly disappeared. On July 3, 1776, just one day after independence was approved (but one day prior to the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence), Founding Father John Adams presciently understood that the anniversary of Independence Day would be marked by “pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forever more.”

What is missing today was Adams’ conjoined expectation that “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized. . . .” We have the hamburgers and parades, but any solemnization is trite.  Most other holidays follow suit.

Schools, media, businesses, theatre groups, civic groups, and others should leverage the opportunities of each holiday and make them teachable moments. Independence Day should be chock full of readers of the Declaration of Independence and other activities in malls, town halls, and parades. Other holidays should be similarly revived.

Although these commemorations may present little that is new, as Chief Justice Earl Warren explained, they would “still serve a purpose of rekindling the spirit evinced by” the Founding Fathers, “and . . . . afford us the opportunity to say in unison, ‘Lest we forget.’”

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