I looked out the window and saw Elsie working hard in the drizzly rain. She was raking paths through the fallen leaves, making rooms and hallways, a house on the lawn. I watched and I thought, “I love this day. This is one of my favorite holidays.”
I have so many of these favorite (non)holidays. The first picnic in springtime is always a huge celebration for me. The first fire in the wood stove is definitely one. Chili dinner in a snow fort. The first snowfall that requires all winter gear to come out of hibernation. The first fried green tomato. The first spoonful of warm maple syrup from the stove.
Anyway. It made me think about what makes a holiday a holiday. In the Bible, God loved making holidays to help us remember his faithfulness and goodness. Which makes all of these (non)holidays actual legit holidays. Because that is exactly how I feel on each of these days: full of gladness for the new season, the good food, the tradition that happens annually and the super-wonderful God who created it all.