So of course I had to look up this "holiday" that has eluded me all my life. I use the term "holiday" loosely, since the word comes from "holy day," and being a devout Catholic, I don't like to blaspheme the term. [Sure, I participate in Halloween because it's fun and goofy, but it's not a holiday. It's the EVE of one--it even says so in the name (Halloween = all hallows eve). You can bet my bum will be in a church pew on the first of November to celebrate the REAL holiday, All Saints' Day.]
Anyway, I did some digging, and here is what I learned about this "Sweetest Day" celebration. (Along with my parenthetical commentary.)
- When is it? Yearly, the third Saturday in October. (Guess they never could quite convince people to exchange cards for Columbus Day.)
- What is it? A day to show affection to the special people in your life (Umm, shouldn't that be every day?)
- How is it celebrated? By giving chocolate, flowers, and cards to either the needy/oft forgotten, or people in your life that you actually like. (I don't usually give gifts to enemies . . . maybe there's a celebration for that though? Frenemies Day, anyone? . . . Anyone?)
- How did it get its start? It really was made up by a candy company! It was sort of a philanthropic move in which they handed out over 20,000 boxes of candy to "newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor" in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1921. (Funny, no mention of greeting cards in those early days.)
- Where is it celebrated? It's apparently most popular in the Great Lakes region of the US. Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo are its biggest fans. (Funny, we're living in Florida and B is from Indiana, and this is the first we've both heard of it.)
How about you? Have you ever celebrated (or even heard of) "Sweetest Day? Will you be celebrating this year?