Thanks for all of your fun comments on my “Why I’m Not Super Woman” post! Y’all make me smile! Doesn’t it feel good to take off our capes?
I have a confession to make.
I never celebrated Memorial Day until last year.
I didn’t even think about it until last May. I was with Jill, and she asked what our family was doing Memorial Day weekend.
When I shared (besides having a BBQ with Jen), I didn’t know ~ Jill was in shock.
She said, “Cindy, you mean you celebrate EVERY holiday ~ even Groundhogs Day ~ but you don’t celebrate Memorial Day?!”
I guess when you put it like that ~ it is a little crazy! Especially when 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays ~ and I have enough red,white, and blue decorations for our whole street!
Last year I began a quest to come up with a memorable, honoring, fun Memorial Day celebration. It worked so well we’ll be doing it again this year!
Here’s our New & Improved Memorial Day Celebration Plan
This weekend we will be…..
- Discussing the True Meaning of Memorial Day
- Decorating our home with Red, White, and Blue
- Hanging up our American flag (using Memorial Day flag etiquette) and taking a moment of silence at 3:00 PM.
- Visiting a local cemetary
- Thanking a soldier
- Head to a West Michigan Parade (2014 Parade List)
In case it rains, we can do…..
- Patriotic crafts ~ideas here or here or here
- Coloring Sheets, Word Searches, Mazes ~here or here
- Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday without BINGO with red, white, and blue M & M’s ~ here
And for our Memorial Day cookouts, here are some of my favorite simple kid-friendly food ideas I cook up…
- Red and blue finger jello (star shaped, of course)
- Cupcakes for the kids (Fun Recipe here and here)
- Flag cake (Recipe here) Always a huge hit!
Whew ~ now I’m ready to head into this Memorial Day weekend! 🙂
Do you have any tradition or family fun ideas to honor Memorial Day? Share with us please ~ I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have a safe, joy-filled Memorial Day weekend!
Many blessings to you!
We don’t do anything formal for Memorial Day, but I do my best to share with my kids the stories of their heritage – including this one that my Grandma told me about her older brother who died on D-Day during WW2 http://www.ameliarhodes.com/?p=74
Cindy – I love these ideas. I was thinking the other day about the New Year’s tradition we started Jan 1st as a result of reading your blog post about what ya’ll do – LOVE that tradition and am already looking forward to it this year or next year or however you say it. I like these ideas as well. Have a great weekend with your family!