A Quilt of Holidays: Stories, Poetry, Memoirby Dixon Hearne (Editor)
If there is one universal impulse that drives the human spirit, it is celebration. It cuts across all ages, cultures, and nationalities. It reflects in great part who we are. Our calendars are crowded with dates set aside to revel, commemorate - even atone. We yearn to express who we are collectively, to pause from the drone of our daily lives to share special times with friends and loved ones, days we commonly refer to as "holidays."
The word "holiday" derives from Holy Day, referring to any day set aside for religious observance. Although many holidays have remained linked to world faiths and religion, we have added a number of secular holidays to our calendars over the centuries. Most nations, in fact, pause to pay tribute to traditions and significant events in their history.
The holiday stories, poetry, and memoirs in this book speak to the human heart, make us laugh, and remind us of the importance of fellowship and sharing. From poems of New Year's revelry to tales of Christmas, readers will be treated to a veritable cornucopia of images gathered from the holiday spirits of the writers included in this collection.
We hope you enjoy our "quilt of holidays."
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Major holidays offer a day or two off work, but that's not the main attraction. This is the time for rituals and traditions; the time to gather the family and fly the flag, to decorate graves, to share a box of Valentine candy, to feast around the table at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Passover, Hanukah, New Year's, or tote a picnic to the beach. A Quilt Of Holidays celebrates all those occasions, and more. Ginny Greene tells about "the-made-from-scratch- holiday," which began as an outing to see autumn foliage around Mount Rainier and "the desire to make autumn leaf kicking, somewhere along a mountain road, an annual family holiday." Collectively, the stories and poems run the gamut of emotions: happy, sad, poignant, and humor. Terri Elders recalls her grandfather trying to coach her younger brother into changing the words to his line in the Easter recital from, "Easter lilies blooming remind us of the day," to "Easter bloomers waving." Cathy Bryant offers a humorous account of the little known Scottish ritual, Hogmanay, on New Year's Eve. And Mary Chandler learned why her Nordic father celebrated St. Patrick's Day with gusto. Keep several copies of this charming anthology on hand for gifts throughout the year. It's a one-size-fits all crowd pleaser
An exceptional collection of evocative memories. Whether you're making new ones to recollect later, or fondly recalling precious moments from a recent or lost past, absorb these delightful holiday tales in the generous spirit in which they were lovingly given.