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It’s a day you shouldn’t miss: the day to celebrate your sis! Sisters’ Day is a day for
everyone with a sister or who is a sister to celebrate. Arriving every year on the first
Sunday of every August, it’s the perfect time to set aside your sibling rivalry and
kick back with your sympathetic sibling to sip some lemonade or some other sisterly
activity. And it’s also a great time to let your sister know you’re thinking of her, and you
appreciate her help throughout your life. It’s common to send sisters a message or card
for Sisters’ Day, though it’s recommended not to send any cards saying “Mom loves me
The celebration of Sisters ‘Day remains relatively informal. Though rumored to have
roots that go as far back as ancient India, it still has received little official recognition.
However, plenty of people still choose to celebrate it; after all, how can we forget the one
person who has been there for us, even after our parents put us on a time out? Though it
may not be as well organized as the parental holidays, your sis will surely still appreciate
a friendly greeting on Sisters’ Day – you might even take Sisters’ Day as an opportunity
to apologize for all those noogies you gave her, even if she deserved them.
The beginning of the Jewish year is a holiday full of wonderful traditions, a time to celebrate but also contemplate and not do anything Rosh – er, rash. Sending loved ones Rosh Hashanah cards is a great way to kick of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is actually one of four Jewish “new years” observances, though it is generally the most celebrated as it’s the one that applies to humans. In the Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah marks the creation of the universe, so you can see how it would be a big deal. The holiday falls exactly 163 days after Passover, which on a modern calendar means it will always fall between September 5 and October 5. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning ofthe ten “Days of Awe” that close with Yom Kippur. Since it’s the new year, it’s common to use the traditional Hebrew phrases for happy new year: “Shana Tovah” or “Shana Tovah Umetukah” – if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make a few new year’s resolutions in Hebrew. In preparation for the celebrations and observance traditions, it’s not a bad time to send a Rosh Hashanah card or greeting to friends and let them know that you hope their Days of Awe are awesome.
Rosh Hashanah is observed as a day of rest. It begins at sundown on the 29th day of the Jewish month of Elul, appropriately named since the holiday is celebrated with a lull. It is then proceeded by the ceremonial sounding of the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram's horn and not, as some goyim believe, a guy who drives a limo. Many of our Rosh Hashanah greeting cards depict the ram’s horn and the celebration of the New Year. This is followed by an extended service, including longer Amidah prayers and a longer Mussaf. Though there aren’t as intricate traditions for food during Rosh Hashanah as, say, Passover, it’s still an occasion for family gatherings and related celebrations. And for family to far away to visit, it’s common to send cards for Rosh Hashanah with a hearty greeting of Shana Tovah. You can even send an audio Rosh Hashanah card with a recording of a shofar – that should get their attention.
It is perhaps one of the wisest holidays in existence, or at least the holiday with the most
World War Two stories: Grandparents’ Day! It’s a day to honor both Grandmothers
and Grandfathers, or anyone whose kids have gone on to have more kids. After already
having been celebrated earlier in the year on Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day, the
Grandparents of the world get to kick back and enjoy another round of fetes from their
progeny – but going through two rounds of parenting will certainly earn that for you.
Grandparents’ Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, since grandparents hate being
overshadowed and insist on not having their day ever happen immediately before another
major holiday. As the winter sets in, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of your
grandparents wealth of experience or at least show your appreciation for them with a
message, a card or by sending them some Grandparents’ Day crafts. After all, they’re one
of the only groups of people who can help keep your parents from nagging you.
Despite honoring people who are older, Grandparents’ Day is much younger than
Mothers’ or Fathers’ Day. Created by Marian McQuade in the mid 20th century, the
holiday was intended not only as a day to honor grandparents but seniors in general –
since without seniors we wouldn’t have such noteworthy luminaries as Santa Claus or the
dancing guy from the Six Flags ads. The day was officially recognized as a U.S. holiday
by Jimmy Carter in 1979, and today is an official holiday in several countries around
the world. Grandparents Day is typically celebrated with crafts, poems, cards, or simply
by taking a day to listen to some of their crazy stories; after all, your stories are going to
sound just as odd when you’re their age.
At the end of the ten “Days of Awe” comes the coup de grâce: Yom Kippur. But instead of a big feast or party, Yom Kippur is a solemn day of atonement for the Jewish community. It’s important to keep the people you love in mind, and sending a Yom Kippur greeting card is a thoughtful way to show them you care. During the Day of Atonement, Jewish people worldwide are called to make up for all the bad things they have done over the past year, including crimes against God, improper practice of their religion, and perhaps cutting people off in traffic. To do this, the faithful spend a day in repentance, refraining from eating, drinking, bathing, washing, perfumes, and leather shoes – because after all, God does have good fashion sense, and would certainly approve of the designs on our Yom Kippur cards. In addition, God forbids Jewish people from “marital relations” during Yom Kippur, having already covered extramarital relations in one of the commandments. But there’s no prohibition against sending family members a Yom Kippur card; in fact if you don’t you’ll probably have to do some atoning to them as well.
Yom Kippur is preceded by Erev Yom Kippur, the last Day of Awe before the final day of awww. Unlike Yom Kippur itself, Erev Yom Kippur is a day of gatherings and feasts, which you’ll need for the next day of fasting. The observance of Yom Kippur begins at sundown and lasts until sundown of the next day, and like any day of fasting, it goes by slowly. Once the day is over, you can go back to doing stuff you’ll end up repenting during the next Yom Kippur. But don’t forget to keep your family and friends in mind; Yom Kippur cards with warm wishes during the holiday, though not quite as satisfying as a warm meal, will nevertheless help them make it through. Browse our Yom Kippur cards today!
We work hard in this country, and in honor of how hard we work, we take one day every
September not to work at all. Labor Day! Well that’s not quite true; in honor of Labor
Day, stores around the country work their buns off to throw extravagant Labor Day
sales, and crews in many major cities sweat for weeks preparing for Labor Day parades
– because after all, America’s workers deserve to see massive floating cartoon characters
trotted down the street in their honor. But for most of us, Labor Day – the first Monday
of September - is a time to kick back our heels and take a well-deserved rest, and to close
the summer in style. It’s also a great time to hold a get together with your fellow laborers,
or if they’re not around, send them a greeting to or card on Labor Day to let them know
you hope their day of not working is working out well.
Labor Day’s history in the United States is as long and complicated as the history of
American labor itself. The holiday traces back to 1882; differing accounts create the
creation of Labor Day to worker’s organizations composed of either machinists or
carpenters, who felt that a day in their honor would hit the nail on the head. In any case,
the first Labor Day celebration took place in New York City later that year. The idea
quickly took hold in state governments, first being adopted by Oregon in 1887 and
spreading to twenty other states within the following two years. The holiday leapt into the
national spotlight after the bloody Pullman strike of 1894; President Grover Cleveland
signed it into law just six days after the strike in hopes that giving workers a day off
would also convince them to take a day off from striking as well. Modern Labor Day has
evolved into a more tranquil day to relax and enjoy the last bit of warm for the summer,
and to divert all of their labor toward grilling up tasty burgers for a barbecue. It’s also a
great time to send cards to friends, if you’re not too busy shopping at Labor Day sales.
It's not too early to start planning for International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This holiday gives folks who like to party in the workplace a chance to have some fun. While the official holiday never changes - it's always Sept. 19 - ye don't need to let that constrain yer celebrations.