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Make your own holiday day is March 26th.

Updated on August 27, 2012

If you could make your own holiday, what would it be?

I think I'd want a National Day of memories. I'd spend the day going through boxes and boxes of treasures.

Like this wonderful photograph of my grandmother.

My first memory of her was a gray haired lady standing at the train depot as we arrived in Illinois for a visit. She was smiling so big I knew she was mine! I was nearly 4. I had seen her before, but it had been so long, but my memory was refreshed.

I few years later, age 6, I was delivered to her for the summer with my 7 year old sister. Our 5 year old sister had developed Strep Throat and Rheumatic Fever and was bed ridden. Our parents had to make a tough decision and ship us off to Grandma's.

I only saw her annually for several years, but when I was 12 she was the 8th party to join our family of 5 in a station wagon across country. The 6th and 7th were my Mom's sister Aunt Anna and her husband Uncle Charlie. This trip was the only family vacation we took, and it was a classic. The station wagon had 3 bench seats so 8 people each had their place. The back bench seat faced the rear. But the carrier on top didn't (couldn't) hold all luggage and souvenirs, so the back row got to share 3 preteen girls and multiple bags of paraphernalia.

Grandma's laughter throughout that trip kept everything lighthearted. Her squeals when she experienced hills on the two-lane roads, and her audible gasps when crossing the narrow Route 66 path through the Arizona and New Mexico were priceless. Memories of watching her as we visited cousins we had never met, sharing her love with other blood relatives; then staying awake with her all hours in the night in motel rooms, giggling, listening to her stories of her childhood, and tales about our Mother are warmest treasures.

When I was 16, I went back to Illinois for the summer. I helped my Grandmother sell her Pomeranian puppies from Pryor Kennels. She was awesome. I miss her, but have wonderful memories.

I think "Make your own holiday" should be a day to treasure family memories.

The three girls right before our youngest sister got sick with Rheumatic Fever.

The three girls right before our youngest sister got sick with Rheumatic Fever.
The three girls right before our youngest sister got sick with Rheumatic Fever.

Make your own holiday is March 26th every year. - Which one of these ideas suits you best?

Vote them up or down. No one will be held to their response. Just for fun.

The photo is my "Office in a Closet." A few years back I decided to create a craft room and added a weaving loom. It became my "LOOMIN-AREA" so the office furniture had to go. This fold up secretary took the place of an office, with office storage shelves to the right (similar to the left shelves in the closet). What would you do with a free day?

What would you prefer to do on your own self-named holiday?

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Make your own holiday is March 26th every year.

I will be on my motorcycle on March 26th 2012 returning from a trip to the Florida Keys. Several years ago we moved to the Florida Keys to start a new church. There were 2 couples who contacted the Bible College where my husband was a student. We were approached with the information and soon found ourselves in paradise.

We were so honored to serve in that capacity. we are returning for a reunion of sorts. Again, treasuring family. Our Christian walk has led us to many lasting friendships that have become like family.

We had a small farm in Indiana after my husband got out of the Army in the early 70's. This is a picture of our little family just before we wandered into a church, became Christians, and sold the farm for money to go to Bible College. We were hippies, seekers, wanderers. We are so thankful that we were able to give up the ugly habits we had delved into and clean up our ways in time to give our sons many incredible opportunities and life skills. We were definitely on the wrong path to begin with, but God put the right people in our path.

Make your own holiday is March 26 ... - take the day to restore some old photos.

Make your own holiday looking at old photos. My Mom is the girl in the middle.

Make your own holiday looking at old photos. My Mom is the girl in the middle.
Make your own holiday looking at old photos. My Mom is the girl in the middle.

I've inlaid my grandmother's picture next to mine. - I wanted to be just like her.

I think we look a lot alike and I'm honored.

What would you do with your day?

Have you ever just stopped and made your own holiday? - What a great surprise for the whole family.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, you do look very much like your grandmother...an honor for both of you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't made my own holiday but March 26th will be back in no time!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool idea for a lens! Squid Angel blessed!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      No, but you have done a good job with yours. Very heart felt. Congratulations on making the best of Silly Celebrations for March.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      What a terrific idea, to be able to make your own holiday! It made me think about what was important in my life, worth making a holiday over. Awesome lens. Congratulations on making the best of Silly Celebrations for March. Blessed.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Happy Make Your Own Holiday Day!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Lovely lens - Angel Blessed for sharing all your family memories so lovingly, and inspiring me to do so for our family.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      It always gives me pleasure to look at old family pictures. Your pictures are priceless.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I haven't made my own holiday, but it's time. I really LOVE your meaningful holiday. And you do look just like your grandmother. Thank you for this lens.

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      tssfacts 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a holiday. I just recently moved and have been unpacking all my old photos. It was like Christmas re-discovering the treasures.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      One day without getting out of bed looks like a perfect holiday to me. But I can only dream...

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      @TonyPayne: That's so awesome. We go to the Keys this weekend for a "reunion" at the church we started there in 1981. We love it there. We used to do ocean baptisms and loved including the public in the event. Great memories. Thank you for the blessing and the high level like on this article.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I think creating a holiday like this is a great idea, and it should be used for catching up with family and friends, a time to catch up with people that you don't see or hear from as often as you should.

      I used to live in Indiana (South Bend) and we love the Florida Keys. 4 years ago we were in the Keys for my birthday, and when we went to Bahia Honda Key, there was a church group there who invited us to join in their cookout, and they baptised someone in the ocean. Everyone down in the Keys is so friendly. I hope we can go back sometime.