And the non-religious, summer holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day) weren't celebrated either. Without boring you with the strange reasons, suffice it to say that JWs are not patriotic folks.
Oddly enough, my JW relatives always have a "family picnic" on Memorial day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. But don't you dare call it a "Memorial Day picnic", "4th of July picnic", or "Labor Day picnic"! They are "family picnics" that just happened to occur on those holidays since everyone is off from work.
Upon leaving the JWs in 1993 I began embracing all of the holidays, one by one, for the 1st time. It was especially exciting and fun to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas that first year. In addition to the bounty of delicious foods and the fun of gift shopping and wrapping, I was in a new relationship and had made several new friends. Everything good just seemed to be amplified by the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. To this day I still really enjoy setting the table for Thanksgiving (Spouse cooks) and decorating our Christmas tree. The novelty hasn't worn off.
Having no other choice, I've decided that "less is more" and will make due with the decorations I have. I did pick up the bags of bubble gum while at the Dollar Tree. Hey, its made in America.
My friend Marty owns this 1959 Edsel and is going to join me by driving it in the parade! I think it will be a great addition. I suspect that The Newlyweds and Spouse & I will adhere to our July 4th 'traditions' (adopted just last year) of viewing the boat parade on the canal, going to Mike & Steve's cook-out, and watching the fireworks from Lewes beach. It should be a great day as long as the weather holds.