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Holidays and Monthly Observances

Each month of the year contains multiple holidays and celebrations. Some are official and others are less formal, yet just as popular. Still others are more obscure and some are serious, some are humorous. Month by month, read about the events that occur each month, which special person or event is celebrated or observed, and a bit of the history of each month.

Planning a Valentine’s Day for your man can be tricky no matter how long you’ve been together. If you want Valentine’s Day 2016 to be absolutely perfect for him, the following links can provide plenty of inspiration for things to do, goodies to make and gifts to buy (or DIY!). DIY Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas...

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Whether you’ve got energetic young children at home or moody teenagers, it’s natural to want to find a way to make Valentine’s Day 2016 a special day for them, too. Since the old standbys of chocolates, flowers and jewelry won’t always excite kids, you may want to consider visiting some of these sites for more...

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Whether you’ve been together for years or this will be your first Valentine’s Day together, planning a special day for your sweetie can be a challenge. If you’re hoping to wow her on Valentine’s Day 2016, check out the following 10 links for dates, gifts and fun. Top Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day (Better Homes): Planning...

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Whether you’re seeking more luck, love or opportunity, decorating your front door with the right wreath can boost the positive energy you invite into your home and life. How so? In feng shui, the front door holds special importance, because it sets the tone for your home and it’s the entrance through which visitors, opportunity...

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The year-round passion for decorative door wreaths continues unabated. Adopt these fast, easy and affordable strategies, and you can indulge this passion without investing an inordinate amount of time or breaking the bank. Basics Keep things as simple and straightforward as possible. Invest in a handful of wreath forms for maximum versatility. Good options include...

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As much as you enjoy greeting each season with a fresh door wreath, you may not have the space to store a full complement of wreaths. You can solve that problem by investing in one basic wreath and a few simple decorations to create four-season appeal. One Wreath Let’s start with the central element: For...

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Whether you’re seeking a fresh way to enhance the holidays or battling mid-winter doldrums, you can use fragrant natural materials to take winter wreaths to new heights. Boost their welcoming effect with these five seasonal scents: Balsam. Fresh balsam wreaths are a traditional Christmas decoration. Unlike other aromatics, they aren’t dried before use, but they...

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Whether you’re decorating for Christmas or marking the change of seasons, there’s nothing more classic than a wreath on the front door. But what if you’re tired of wreaths? To welcome guests, celebrate holidays and highlight the seasons, try these fast and easy solutions: Ceiling Medallion. Buy a lightweight molded ceiling medallion or track down...

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Decades ago, wreaths were faithfully trotted out at Christmas, displayed on the door for a few weeks, then packed away at the start of the New Year. Today, wreaths have come to symbolize a warm welcome, so they’re perfect for year-round use. Whether you’re gearing up for the holidays, preparing for a celebration or simply seeking a...

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Keeping a clean house is always challenging, especially if you have a large family with kids, but this is especially so during the Thanksgiving holidays, when kids are home from school and the house fills up with guests. If you leave the cleaning until the last minute while you are trying to cook, set up,...

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