Category: Holidays

The Scary Truth About Halloween

The ancient Celtics celebrated their new year on November 1. They called this Samhain (pronounced sow-in) and it marked the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers.  They believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead were more undefined so to provide the best chance of surviving a… Read more →

The Origin of “Boo”

Take a deep breath through your nose and keep your lips together.  Now exhale out of your mouth and listen to the sound you make as your breath escapes betwixt your parted lips.  It sounds pretty darn close to the word, “Boo”, doesn’t it? We humans have been saying “boo” for nearly five centuries. Perhaps because it’s one of the easiest… Read more →

Why We Are Thankful

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England with 102 passengers, lured by the promise of prosperity, freedom of religion and land ownership in the New World.  They were looking to reach the mouth of the Hudson River, but after 66 treacherous days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of of… Read more →

Remembering Those Who Labored

Those Who Made America As we come to celebrate the end-of-summer three-day weekend, let us pause to reflect on why we celebrate Labor Day. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September and has come to symbolize the end of summer for many Americans.  Many celebrate with parties, parades and athletic events, but it’s origins come from the… Read more →

4 Marketing Ideas for the Fourth of July

Have your cake and eat it too!  Celebrate by thinking of some celebratory offers for customers to generate new revenue this Fourth of July!  Here are four simple marketing ideas to so celebrate this historic holiday and also increase sales this Fourth of July: Get Social!  Offer discounts to patriotic selfies from your customers that tag your business on social media… Read more →

Resolved: A Story of Independence

The Revolutionary War began with small battles in April of 1775.  At that time, only a few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain and those who did want complete separation were considered radical.  In early 1776, publisher Thomas Paine expressed revolutionary sentiments in his best selling pamphlet, “Common Sense”.   This added to the growing resentment of British rule, leading… Read more →

Memorial Day, an American Holiday

Did you know that Memorial Day is only an American holiday?  It’s always observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military. Early Unofficial Observances The Civil War saw more casualties than any other war in American history.  This prompted the development of our country’s first national cemeteries.  By… Read more →

Valentine’s Day – The Loveliest Time of Year

The Loveliest Time of Year Although the exact origins of Valentine’s Day are cloudy, we do know that on the 15th of February, the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia Spring Festival. As Christianity become more prevalent, the festival moved to the 14th of February, corresponding with the saint day that celebrated several early Christian martyrs with the name… Read more →