Family Day in Canada

The Canadians have an interesting holiday.  They call it family day.  It’s a time for the working class to spend time with their families.  Grocery stores close, banks close, almost everything closes.  Restaurants and movie theaters stay open, but most retail outlets and the manufacturing facility I’m working in are closed.  I assume that most manufacturing facilities close down. 

What’s interesting is that the mail still runs. 

What could we Americans learn from this?  We have plenty of holidays where we celebrate our veterans, our war dead, our independence, and other holidays that are connected to God and religion.  We are supposed to spend this time with our families.  A lot of families do gather at these times and fellowship with each other.  But we are always celebrating something else.  Giving thanks to God for our bounty, or our health, or just surviving the past year.  The birth of our Saviour.  The working people of the country.  All of these things are important to who we are as a country.  But why don’t we celebrate the most important people in our lives, our families?  I can understand why we wouldn’t do that now, but we haven’t done this in the past to my knowledge.  The people who gave us life, raised us, we grew up with, took care of us, laughed with us, cried with us, saw us through mourning the loss of our friends and family, comforted us with our broken hearts, these people should mean the most to us.  Not drinking beer on a long weekend. 

The American family unit has become something different than it used to be.  Two parent homes are going by the wayside.  A family with a mother and a father, man and woman, are slowly dying away.  Single mothers and gay parents are becoming in vogue.  The traditional family has lost out to political correctness.  We can’t risk offending someone because their family isn’t like ours.  When political correctness becomes the most important thing, we have lost our identity, maybe even our soul, as a country.  Our family values should be more important to us.  We should be able to celebrate each other, and our family unit, no matter what form it comes in.  There are successes and failures in families every day.  We ought to be able to celbrate the successes, and help our neighbors with the failures.  That’s what our contry was founded on, at its most basic level.  In the old days, farms separated by miles knew the families on the adjacent farms.  The gathered at church, and celebrated holidays together.  They helped each other.  We should do that, too.  In today’s society where neighbors don’t know each other and neighorhood goups pit neighbors against each other, we have lost our caring for each other.  When you can complain to your community organization’s president that your neighbor’s grass is too tall or he painted his house a color you don’t like instead of knocking on his door and talking with him, you and your neighbor no longer have a link to the community. 

Maybe we can learn something from these wacky Canadians.  I don’t know if they have covenants or neighborhood associations, but at least they take the time to celebrate the family.  It may be going to a movie together, or getting together to share a meal and stories of the past year.  But, for one day, they forget about pursuing a living and acknowledge the family. 

What do you think, eh?


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