Maddie's Mind

Remembering those forgotten holidays
By Maddie Claytor | Dec 10, 2012

It's the holiday season, and the Christmas spirit is in the unusually hot air. Instead of talking about the biggest holiday of the year, I'm going to talk about the holidays that no one seems to care about: the holiday hall of shame.

One holiday that goes unnoticed is Flag Day. I didn't even know that was a holiday. Wikipedia told me that Flag day is "celebrated" on June 14 and commemorates the adaptation of the flag of the United States. It doesn't seem to be celebrated in normal holiday fashion — sales, songs or sweaters. For teenagers like me, there's nothing magical or childlike about it, so it just doesn't seem as interesting as Christmas or Halloween. Definitely a holiday that deserves more recognition.

Another holiday that no one seems to care about is Columbus day. The only thing that people seem to remember about him is that catchy tune, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue back in 1492!" We seem to forget that Mr. Columbus turned friendly islanders into slaves. If Columbus tried to do that today, he'd be arrested. At least stores can market Columbus day. "Columbus discovered the Caribbean, now you can discover our great prices on kitchen utensils!"

How could we ever forget about the "super popular" President's Day? No one has a countdown to President's Day calendar in their house. It was first created to celebrate George Washington's birthday, then shifted to a date that it isn't even on his actual birthday. In the 1980's, marketing made it a holiday for Lincoln andWashington's birthday - Presidents' Day.  Hey, two presidents = double the savings!

We can't forget St. Patrick's Day. Some people that celebrate it use it as an excuse to drink lots of alcohol and wear bright green shirts that say things like  "Kiss me I'm Irish!" or "Some girls have all the luck!" I didn't know why this holiday was "celebrated" until I asked Google. I learned that it is a religious holiday celebrated on theanniversary of St. Patrick's death. Wow, what a downer celebrating someones death. "Wooo, St. Patrick died today, now let's take shots!" Knowing how the Irish love to drink, I guess it's celebrated exactly as it should be.

Don't count out Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day is probably the most boring "holiday" I've ever heard of.  I never even learned about it in school, so that must show you how extremely unimportant it is. Google says that if the groundhog (on Feb. 2) emerges from his burrow and doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early. So, I'm supposed to believe that if a furry, obese groundhog sees his shadow, I'll get to wear my sweaters for a little longer.

These holidays don't really make it on my list of things to celebrate, but if you want to wave a flag with a groundhog on a green party boat to the Caribbean with a relative of George Washington, knock yourself out.