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Suggestions for Bank Holidays, Leisure Time & Celebrations; Silly Ideas; Hub ideas; rules for Charades
How It All Started
Blond Logic inspired me and encouraged me to write this one, with her hub on ‘Ideas for Writing’. Whilst giving brilliant ideas for hubs, she had an extensive list of the days on which many things are celebrated throughout the year and I commented that there seemed to be far more in the USA than in Britain. Indeed, we are known to be the country with the fewest ‘bank holidays’ in Europe.
It’s taken me longer than intended so apologies to Blond Logic but now it’s time to invent a few; some silly, some not so!
The Charming Ones
Holding Hands Day:
you might do this a lot already but it’s surprising how little one sees of it whilst out and about, even among our own friends.
Hold hands with
your Mum and Dad,
your children, your grandchildren,
your spouse (what a lovely old-fashioned word that is),
anyone else you fancy really but, be careful, this could get you into a lot of trouble! They do say, though, nothing ventured.......
Kiss on the Cheek Day:
again, choose carefully here but if it’s done in good spirit with a bit of sauce, then you’ll cheer up lots of people along the way. I’m not talking about kissing everyone down the street, nor the ‘Mwah, mwah’ air kissing that celebrities do; I’m talking about a little, respectful peck on the cheek to show someone you appreciate them or that you want them to feel special. For instance, a neighbour or acquaintance does you a good turn; a little kiss instead of just a smile and thank you might take them by surprise, even embarrass a little, but will probably please them and give them a glow. It’s always good to feel loved and appreciated. The prospect of a day of kissing might be daunting but once in the swing you’ll enjoy it, I’m sure!
Take a Dog for a Walk Day:
if you’ve got your own, that’s easy. However, if a neighbour has one and can’t get out so often, then you could offer to do it for them; it could become a ‘once in a while’ thing, doesn’t have to be every day. You could ask someone to lend you their dog; it’s so much easier to go for a walk if you have a purpose and it gives you a good excuse to talk to others on the way (dog owners or just people who stop to stroke your ‘borrowed’ one). Just make sure you pick a dog that doesn’t bite, doesn’t go crazy at other dogs and doesn’t pee everywhere, especially up people’s legs. Remember not to let it off the lead unless you totally trust it or you might find yourself with a huge bill for replacement of the dog, vet’s fees (for that dog or someone else’s), farmer’s sheep or cows, or ending up at the police station for breach of the peace. I never said these days off were going to be a walk in the park.
well, you could risk being taken for a complete imbecile, or even for an undesirable, so make sure you smile, not leer. There’s a sport called ‘gurning’ in the west country, where people, usually blokes (of course), make the most awful expressions by curling up their mouths into something which could be akin to a smile but is much more scary. I think it must come from the French ‘la geule’ which means ‘gob’.
However, they say if you smile you get a smile in return so you should be making the world a much happier place. The butterfly effect goes all the way round the world, doesn’t it, so just imagine your smile being reciprocated in every country and your own smile will become broader and broader - hang on, we’re getting back to the undesirable again. Just be natural, ok?
Say Hello to Everyone Day (à la Crocodile Dundee in NY):
now this might get you into trouble, I suppose. Just avoid those who look as though they got out of bed the wrong side this morning, as well as blokes with huge muscles and scary tattoos, women with huge muscles and scary tattoos, those with shopping trolleys that can bash your ankles and those on skateboards or bicycles who can mow you down before you’ve got a chance to identify them.
You could, though, be surprised at how many say hello back, with a smile into the bargain. How many friendships, nay, romances, could start that way?
The Silly Ones
Avoid a Headache Day:
This would be for avoiding situations where a headache would be caused; for instance going to work, going to school (no, you can’t quote me on that, headmaster), doing the housework.... , you get the idea.
It could also mean making sure you don’t give anyone else a headache; you’re kind and considerate to everyone, you don’t play your music too loud and you’re charming to everyone. They might be so suspicious that it gives them a headache but that’s their fault!
Perhaps you know someone who is a headache! Avoid them at all costs!
No Computers Day:
oh, wouldn’t it be nice to be allowed to ignore the computer for a day, just for a day? Could you do it? Could your fingers keep away from that keyboard? Could you find things to do that don’t involve that little screen? Can you remember what it was like in the world before the laptop?
Go for a walk! Have a full, meaningful conversation with someone! Read a book! Ok, then, a magazine; well, all right, an article, don’t overdo it. Look around you at the world on your doorstep! Find out who your neighbours are and look at your town’s landmarks! You might find that you don’t spend quite so much time on your computer any more.
On the other hand, if you're a hubber, you might find it gives you a load more ideas to write about... now where's that computer?
Walk on All Fours Day:
well, ok, maybe I’ve gone a bit too far with this one. Not one for the outdoors maybe. Try it indoors and give yourself and the family a good laugh. Make it into a game for the children. The dog or the cat might get a bit confused but it brings you down to their level, makes you see eye to eye.
The baby will no doubt think you’ve really cracked this time; what’s the point in him trying to walk if you’re going back to crawling? If you’re feeling brave, give the neighbours a laugh and do it in the garden (walk on all fours I mean). At least it’ll bring a smile to their faces and merely confirm what they thought about you all along. If they join in, you'll know they’re as barking mad as you are.
No Speaking Day:
this is not to say you want to be anti-social. It’s just to give everyone some peace and quiet, to stop any arguments, to encourage contemplation and introspection, to find the inner you.
How long can you go without talking to someone? Can you explain things in other ways? Bit like having a game of charades* if anyone still knows what that is. Trouble is, the dog won’t understand sign language but he won’t care so why should you?
It’ll give some a well-earned rest from over-talkative relatives or friends. Who knows - it might even make the world a calmer place; was that a flying pig I saw?
New hair-style day:
Everyone’s used to you having a similar hair-style, unless you’re much younger and habitually change the colour or have multi-lengths all over the place. Why not wear your hair up if it’s usually down, or vice versa? If your hair’s short, put some decoration in it, put some gel on and make it spiky, or flatten it and look like a gangster. Yes I’m talking both sexes here. Unisex hairdressing has been around for eons now; we know the blokes love their image just as much as the ladies. Go pink, blue, orange, red, purple, black or silver.
A warning, though; your mood may change with the image and others’ moods might change too! Who will you change into?
Bright Red Lipstick Day (yes, even for the men!):
So you men might look like a tart, so what? (No, before you yell at me, I don't think everyone who wears red lipstick is a tart.) You might already wear red lipstick; if so, change the shade a little. I never said it had to be on the lips did I? A smudge on the cheeks, maybe, or go the whole hog with some face art - be creative! Again, others will in all probability think you’ve really gone over the edge this time but I bet it brings a grin to their faces (or is that a smirk or a pitying ‘aahh’-type smile?). This one’s for the brave and extroverts amongst you, not for the faint hearted.
The 'Why Not Try?' Ones
(I'm just going a tad serious here for a while.)
Saying sorry day (to those you’ve treated ‘not so well’ lately!):
There are so many times when we’d like to say sorry but don’t quite have the nerve or don’t know quite how to say it. Here are a few ideas.
‘I haven’t seen you for ages and I thought I was a bit unkind/rude/thoughtless... last time I spoke to you. I didn’t mean to be and I hope we can still be friends.’
‘I know I hurt your feelings and I’m sorry. Can I make it up to you by treating you to lunch?’
‘I’m sorry about what I said. If you still want to be friends, then why don’t we meet up tomorrow/next Monday/.....?’
‘I feel such an idiot about losing my temper; you were right to take me to task. Any chance of making it up?’
It’s always worth keeping a good friend; good friends are the ones who forgive and understand and are there when you need them, as long as you treat them well most of the time by being a good friend yourself!
Visit a Neighbour Day (you’ll make new friends):
Some neighbours are shy or don’t want to bother you; they might be on their own and feel that you are too busy. It would be a shame to find out too late that they needed your help or felt lonely and unhappy. A friendly call, a smile and maybe an occasional invitation to a cup of tea/coffee could make all the difference. You could find that they enrich your life too.
Above & Beyond the Call of Duty
Praise Good Service in a Shop Day:
We’re often quick to moan at bad service but rarely praise the good. I found myself thinking about that some time ago and one shop assistant was so helpful and smiley that I thanked him for being such a pleasant professional. He looked surprised and beamed at me which made my day even better!
We once went into a shop in Edinburgh (unfortunately I can’t remember which one now) and the assistants had badges which ranged through A, AB, ABC to ABCD, depending on how far they had got towards ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’! I thought that was a brilliant incentive for good service and professionalism.
Can You Think of Any Good Reasons for a Bank Holiday?
There must be many more possibilities, serious or silly. Do let me know of any you think are a good idea or any you've actually tried out - I dare you! You never know, we could end up with so many more holidays; personally I think we could just end up with lots more fun and probably a few more friends too.
By the way, it’s Write a Humorous Hub Day.
Have a GREAT one!
*Rules of Charades
Basic rule - DO NOT TALK!
Decide on your title of book, film or tv programme.
Then mime to indicate which one:
book - as though opening out a book, hands together to palms up
film - as though you have a camcorder or are panning a photo
tv - make a square shape with your index fingers together, out, down, then together again
Nod or thumbs up for correct response.
Give indication of number of words by holding up corresponding number of thumb & fingers - use the right hand, palm towards you, so people see your thumb as 1st word, index finger as 2nd and so on.
Decide which word you want to mime first, then indicate which finger.
Mime an action to give a clue to the word, or touch your ear before the mime to mean that it sounds like/rhymes with the word you’re going to mime (because sometimes that’s easier!).
If you want to divide a word into syllables (beats), then indicate this by touching fingers on your forearm, then indicate which syllable.
‘Independence’ - 4 syllables, in-de-pen-dence, 4 fingers on forearm
1st syllable ‘in’, hold up index finger - mime putting something into a box;
3rd syllable ‘pen’, hold up 3rd finger - pretend to write and point to the imaginary instrument, then they know to try words with ‘pen’ as the 3rd syllable.
When people suggest words, either indicate a definite ‘no’, or a ‘so/so’ action if it’s close, or a ‘thumbs up’ if it’s correct, nodding vigorously at the same time!
Then move on to another word and so on.
It’s a great game to break the ice, especially good with children.
It’s educational without anyone noticing! It teaches syllable division (which aids spelling), meanings of words, rhymes, all sorts of communication and motor skills, social skills. Most of all, it’s great fun! You’ll see the competitive spirit coming out in those you thought wouldn’t say ‘boo’ to a goose!
Do you think we should have more Bank Holidays?
© 2012 Ann Carr