New Year’s Day Bonus Fun

It’s January first, and everyone’s usually pretty laid back, except possibly the young kids who didn’t stay up long past midnight.  If you need some ideas for fun on New Year’s Day, maybe these will help.  January first has other holidays as well as the famous one……

  • The Mummer’s Parade

The real Mummer’s Parade is held in Philadelphia on January first, and it’s quite a production.  People in the parade wear incredibly elaborate costumes, perform stunts and often play music with nontraditional parade instruments, such as banjos and accordions.  It’s an old, old tradition, dating back to the 1600’s in England, but is still alive and well today.  The Philadelphia Mummers Parade is televised on local TV,  and there is a national campaign on to sign petitions to get it carried nationally.  You can read blog posts at Steve Highsmith’s Blog and see some neat pictures at Mummers on National

What does all this have to do with you?  Well, if you can’t get to the Mummer’s Parade, you can let the kids entertain themselves by putting one on at home.  Let them see some pictures to get ideas and then turn them loose!

  • Z Day

Z Day is a great day to celebrate!  Poor letter Z (and all the people whose names begin with Z) feel quite put upon to be at the end all the time.  What activities can you try to put Z first at your house today?  Say the alphabet backwards, or better yet, sing it!  Start with the end of the alphabet and think of 26 things to do that begin with each letter.  Make a list of Z words and create a collage or poster.  Watch a movie with a title that has a Z word in it.  Can you think of any more?

  • Get a Life Day

Hmmmm, how to celebrate this one?  Maybe it can be a part of your New Year’s Resolutions?  If you could change one thing about your life right now, what would it be?  How can you act on that?


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