Let’s All Snuggle And Be Merry.

It’s rather fun getting back into the swing of things.

And that means writing a blog post that takes over 20 minutes! Yes, I was writing my blog posts in about 20 minutes for the last few weeks. Thank you to those who said they couldn’t tell. However, it’s nice to write one that requires notes!

The Tuesday Ten girls had a prompt this week that had me mulling. It’s the chance to invent your own holiday! I find it so subjective and I was definitely over-thinking the meanings and symbolism parts of it all, and I decided to just drop it and have fun. Unfortunately, National Popcorn Day, National Cookie Day, and National Ice Cream Day are already holidays, or I’d surely be topping my list with those! By the way, do any of you actually celebrate those National days? Which is your favorite?

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Here are some holidays that I would create if I could be a Holiday Creator. I had some help:

1. National Day of the Moose. – I think it would be a fine idea to celebrate this majestic beast with a whole day devoted to the studying and/or photographing and/or watching them from afar. No shooting them, please. Unless with a camera.

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2. Daylight Savings. – I think it should be a holiday. Enough said there!

3. Harry Potter Day. – This is a day in which we can all believe in magic a little more. We can dress up and exchange presents like chocolate frogs, magic wands, and my personal favorite – the Nimbus 2000!

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4. TV Day. – This holiday was suggested to me by Scarlet when I crowd-sourced! (family-sourced) On this day, we all watch a lot of TV and celebrate the wonderful invention of television in our lives. I dig.

5. Family Fun Day. – This was another gem supplied by Scarlet. It’s pretty self-explanatory in that you devote a whole day into being completely together. Maybe without electronics like the aforementioned TV!

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6. Snuggle Day. – Another Scarlet holiday! See, I slacked a bit? I love her suggestions so much, though! TV, Family Fun, and Snuggling – all on three separate and wonderful days of our year. We may make it happen internally.

7. Garden Day. – This was suggested by Cassidy as a day in which everyone works in their gardens and yards!

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8. Big Day of Self Care. – I don’t have the logistics of this one ironed out well, because you can’t tell people to take the day off from work when it might be a big business day for people who work in spas and salons. I just know that we devote entire days to anniversaries and children and parents, but what if you were told to do nice things for yourself for an entire day?

9. Laughter Day. This was from Scarlet. It’s like April Fool’s Day but there aren’t tricks – just laughter.

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10. Touch Your Husband’s Butt Day. – This is what happens when you’re slaphappy and you’ve been thinking too much.

**Bonus #11. April Fart’s Day. See above, but supplied by either Scarlet or Cassidy.

And now, since I crowd-sourced and got slap-happy, I have another list! It’s one of my hospital mixes from Des’ birth. It came on in the car today and brought back so many memories of what went through my head when I was planning for his arrival:

1. “Do It Again” by The Kinks. – With such lyrics, I’m not surprised I chose this for a second birth:

“And now we’re back where we started,
Here we go round again.
Day after day I get up and I say
I better do it again.”

2. “You Took My Breath Away” by Tom Petty. – If you’ve been in labor or near in labor, you know it’s a lot about breathing. Also, Des’ Braxton Hicks contractions made me so breathless that I preferred the “real” contractions that supplied pain!

3. “Pretty Good Year” by Tori Amos. – Well hey. It was a pretty good year to meet Des.

4. “Brother” by Toad the Wet Sprocket. – Scarlet was gaining a little brother, after all!

5. “Into The Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty. – And what better adventure is it to meet your child? The great wide open.

6. “Shout” by Tears for Fears. – I think the song is actually about shout therapy but I think it makes a pretty great birth mix because I’m totally weird and the “shout, shout, let it all out” lyrics seemed very pivotal to me at the time.

7. “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants. – I honestly don’t remember why I chose this. I think for its fun nature and because I saw them live and they had a dirty puppet show and I have a weird sense of humor and this song rocks.

8. “Crosseyed and Painless” by Talking Heads. – I knew I wanted a Talking Heads song in my birth mix because I had one with Scarlet’s birth and I remember the nurse dancing and singing to it while holding my leg. You can’t make this stuff up.

9. “Nothing Else Matter” by Metallica. – Simply one of my favorite songs and always appropriate for weighty times.

10. “Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd. – I bet you thought I’d say Tom Petty, right?? Well both “Learning to Fly” songs excite me.

11. “One Step Closer To You” by Michael Franti and Spearhead. – I had backstage passes to one of his shows because he’s a friend of a friend, and I found the experience to be soothing. And each contraction was one step closer to Des.

12. “Dr. Wu” by Steely Dan. – Well this was an interesting pick. I think I picked it for the lyric: “You walked in, And my life began again.”

13. “Touch of Grey” by Grateful Dead. – This song simply comes in handy when you really need it.

14. “Jack Straw” by Bruce Hornsby. – Bruce Hornsby pretty much finds his way onto every mix I ever make.

15. “Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds. – Alive and kicking. Needs no explanation, right?

16. “Happy Ending” – Little Mermaid soundtrack. – Really needs no explanation either. It’s the happiest song I know!

Can you guess which of these songs Des was born to?

What holiday would you invent?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter and son in glorious western Massachusetts.

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Let’s All Snuggle And Be Merry. — 117 Comments

  1. That list of songs is impressive and Into the Great Wide Open is one of my favorites of all time and seriously couldn’t love more that it was on your list. And by the way, I think the fart one is the best and just watched that viral video of the little girl responding to her dad telling her she will be a big sister, only to have her respond that she had just farted. This is so something Lily would do as she seriously gets giddy to tell us she has. So our kids would once again totally get along famously! πŸ˜‰

  2. We were just listening to Nothing Else Matters in the car the other day. G requested Metallica. Clearly I’m doing something right as a parent. I love Scarlet’s holidays! I really do think a self-care day is in order. Why don’t we do that? Also moose. Moose need to be celebrated.

    • That is great parenting! Have you ever heard Apocalyptica’s version of “Nothing Else Matters”? It’s all instrumental but it is SO good.
      We can listen to it when we go see moose.

    • As for Metallica goes, that’s as good as it gets for me! The other songs don’t hit me the same way. It’s gorgeous!
      And Scarlet certainly had fun brainstorming.

    • Have you heard Apocalyptica’s version of “Nothing Else Matters”? It’s so good and it becomes its own great song! You never even think that it’s a cover.

    • I nearly called today “Nap Day.” I need one! Allergies are kicking me in the head.
      “Dancing in the Street” is actually one of my favorite songs of all time!

  3. I’m in for TV Day, because I’d get t indulge, guilt free:)! My husband would be down with Garden Day. And those pictures of Scarlett, in the blue chair! OMG!!!! The combination of the cerulean blue and her smile, mesmerizing.

    • Aw, thanks! Those photos were from the fall, actually. See how awesome I am about keeping my personal photos on track? (not)
      TV Day should happen. We can always create our own.

  4. Family Fun Day is already in existence courtesy of Canadian government – for the Canadian government. Yes, them jerks made this lovely holiday basically for themselves. The only things that close are schools and government jobs. So Shawn works πŸ™
    Not so “family” is it. Damn government.
    You write posts in only 20 minutes? Man it takes my brain at least 20 minutes and a half bag of gummy bears to warm up.
    I’m down with Garden day. Green Thumbs up to that.

    • Ah, that’s so Canada!! But I love Canada. I swear.
      And no, I write posts in 2,000 minutes! It’s just that during my data entry month, I had no time so I wrote posts in 20 minutes. That is NOT the norm!!

  5. Hehe, #10 on your list of holiday! πŸ˜‰ I would love a Harry Potter Day! On summer during college my high school friends and I celebrated Harry Potter’s birthday (which was fun and admittedly a little nerdy). I was obsessed with the “Touch of Grey” video when I was younger, but I only got to see it a handful of times cause I had to wait to catch it on MTV.

    • The “Touch of Grey” video was a bit too freaky for me when I was younger! Not anymore.
      And I love that you celebrated Harry Potter’s birthday and I have to confess that I do think about it every July. I really do.

  6. HA!! LOVE this! And oh, how I love Scarlett’s ideas!!! The songs are PERFECT. And as for the holidays- why can’t they be celebrated with a DAY OFF of work? Most holidays can designate that. NO rules right? Go with it. πŸ˜‰

    I would definitely have a ‘stay in bed’ day…

    • I think most days should be “stay in bed” days. Well, most Mondays that are under 20 degrees and your windshield has frost on it. Don’t you think?
      The problem with the DAY OFF days is that there’s always someone who needs to work – doctors, gas stations, etc. Restaurants! Sigh.

  7. Your holidays are fabulous! If I was going to invent a holiday, I would invent–wait for it–National Reading Day! (wait, is this already a real thing? it sounds like it very well could be!) Anyway, on MY NRD everyone would get the day off to sit home for a whole day and read whatever they want for an entire 24 hours!

  8. I’m going to guess … Alive and Kicking?

    I know nothing of Harry Potter, really, but I’d learn enough of that sport they play to actually write a game story on it. I could do that.

    Laughter and snuggles day sounds perfect – and even better if the kids skip school for it.

  9. This is a very special and really fun blog! I love Scarlet’s four suggestions along with yours. Laughter, Self Care, Family Fun and Snuggle could even come around on a weekly basis. Maybe one day during the Spring would be a good time to incorporate Essential Oils Awareness Day!

  10. In only had one playlist for my births. I’m not good at creating them. Frances, however, was born to a song called “Beautiful Mother” which was fitting. Now whenever I hear that song, I cry a little.
    Also, please tell me your kids have TMBG’s kids’ albums. They are so fun and they seem to fit your family.

    • Aww! That’s so awesome. Scarlet was born to “Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles. It seemed totally fitting at the time. “Hello, Parents, Goodbye, Womb.”
      We don’t have the TMBG albums! Time to change that!

  11. I vote for Big Day of Self Care. That sounds like tiny piece of heaven right there. So does Touch Your Hubby’s Butt Day, but that’s because I’m five and that one made me LOL πŸ™‚

    OMG, You got backstage for Michael Franti?! I LOVE HIM!!! I had no idea. I’ve seen him before a few times and think he’s such a wonderful, incredible, and MOVING performer. Plus, dance party πŸ™‚ And Pretty Good Year. Le sigh. That song still is as relevant and as beautiful to me now as it was the day I first heard it. Thanks for resharing. I had to listen to it all over and see the video again. XOXO

    • My friend used to hang out with Michael Franti when she lived in California. So when he came to our town, she talked to the drummer (I think? bassist?) who was at the same restaurant we were at and she got us backstage passes. But it was so personal. I mean it was like visiting a friend of a friend’s house! My friend even brought Michael cookies. I really love his music too.
      Tori Amos… always…

  12. Toad the Wet Sprocket! I haven’t heard or thought about them in so long! I spent so much time making a labor mix but don’t think that I ever listened to it in the hospital. hmpf. And you are too funny with these holidays. I would totally vote for snuggle day. And nap day.

    • Actually one of the best concerts I ever went to was a Toad the Wet Sprocket concert! They had broken up but were back together on a tour. In fact, they toured last summer and I missed it!
      Back to the concert, I ran into my ex-boyfriend there. Hmpf indeed.
      It was awesome, though.

  13. I didn’t have a music list with either of the boys – love your list!!!
    Those days are great – I’m all about a TV day and a family fun day!!!

  14. Oh my… I would LOVE Snuggle Day and Family Fun Day. Maybe Self Care Day can be a day of reciprocity between people. You give a pedicure get a pedicure?

    • That’s a good one! It might fit in well with a “High Five Day” which many people were imagining for their posts. Just a day in which everyone is connected.

    • Yes, it’s big! The sun is doing its job right now heating our house during the day so energy costs are lower.
      I always loved Daylights Savings, though.

  15. I love your holiday list Tamara! I especially like your #2 #4 #5 & #6! I’d love holidays where I could spend more time snuggling, watching tv, and spending time with my hubby and family! Now, to make these happen, lol!

  16. Scarlet is such a sweetheart. πŸ™‚ I took my iPod and speakers to the hospital with me and totally forgot all about listening to music. I LOVE your playlist, though, some awesome bands and great music.

  17. I read this late last night, and I loved it, but I was on my phone and it is a pooper to reply on my phone. I wish I was more like my kids, techies they are. I think that Des was born to Metallica, just cause! He is such a cute kid, of course Scarlett holds her own, LOL! They are both gorgeous. I am not sure what Holiday I would create, perhaps a National Day of flowers, it would be so cool to see everyone give their neighbors fresh cut flowers, or a day free from News, of all types. I think that everyone would be happier for that day. Or a No Bad News Day. You and your crew have a much better imagination than I do! Although I love holidays!

    • I’ll have to email you the song he was born during!
      A National Day of Flowers is divine! Why doesn’t that exist? Maybe it should be in April? No, May because April showers bring May flowers!
      There is a Lilac Sunday!

  18. What a great prompt idea! I love celebrating the food holidays although I miss a few here and there. I love the idea of a Harry Potter day! That would be so much fun! I would create a national Pay it Forward day where you have to do something really nice for a stranger that day. I am going to guess Learning to Fly?

  19. Is there already a National Beach Day? LOL!! I’d love that!! I do think that Harry Potter Day is so cool. Family fun day and snuggling day are both necessary and TV day is acceptable too! πŸ™‚

  20. I love Scarlet’s ideas and I think there should definitely be a Snuggle Day! Although, I’m not really a touchy, feely person and would probably need the next day to be a self care day when everyone just leaves me alone! πŸ™‚

  21. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah – Into the Great Wide Open… lalalalalalaaaaaa – just watched the whole video for the umpteenth time. I love the song. And the video. And your (family’s) holidays, too. I’d really like to see a moose one day. I have never, ever seen one.

  22. My favorite one that you created was the Self Care day. I need one on those now. One holiday that my husband and I use to have before we had kids was Happy Sonyaganza Day.It was a day all about me. Hopefully, when I kids get a little older it will be easier to have a day centered around me.

  23. So um, everyday isn’t touch your husband’s butt day? Oops, good to know maybe I ought to scale it down a bit! Also, bowing to your blogging prowess, you wrote the last several weeks of posts in 20 minutes each? All hail Tamara!

    • I think it can definitely be every day! It should probably just expand to include wives and significant others too.
      Thanks about the 20 minute blog posts! I’m back up to over an hour, though.

    • That means a lot! Generally I can’t do it. I just had to do it a few times during the four weeks of data entry. Usually posts take me 1-2 hours!

  24. I’m totally asking the boys tomorrow what holidays they would invent. I love the ones Scarlet came up with! Such a great play list – love Tom Petty. We saw him in concert many, many years ago and he was amazing! I’m going with Alive and Kicking for the birth song – or at least, that would be the perfect birth song, if you could time it just right :)!

    • Seeing Tom Petty live is on my bucket list! He was playing Outside Lands in San Francisco right before we moved but I was in a very anxious and busy space and I wanted to see HIM, and not pay for tickets to see 20 other bands.
      One day…
      Alive and Kicking rocks but it wasn’t the song that got Des out!

    • Thanks, Rudri! I really needed an uplifting one with this crummy weather and with viruses still making their way around town.
      I think a Snuggle Day is just what the doctor ordered.

  25. I’m going to pass on the garden day, but I’m all over snuggle and laughter. And touching my husband’s butt. I don’t need a special day for that though!

  26. Scarlet’s got some fantastic ideas. I would totally get behind National Snuggle Day. Maybe it’s the hormones, but I’ve been pulling the littles close for more lots more snuggles and cuddles lately. And I just checked our Sonos to see and was appalled to find out that we don’t have Nothing Else Matters. Heading to iTunes now….

    • I think it’s probably hormones and having super cute kids! I can’t imagine going from two to three because I only know from one to two and I did get really snuggly with her at the end!

  27. These holidays sound like so much fun! I’m definitely voting for Harry Potter Day. β€œNothing Else Matters” would be an awesome song to be born to. Very movie epic πŸ™‚

  28. We actually have Family Day as a holiday here in Canada. And the long weekend in May is generally considered the time when people work in their gardens, and open their cottages, etc. The fact that is also known as May 2-4 .. and that’s how many beers there are in a case and you drink them all — completely unrelated. πŸ™‚

    I would like to see a Volunteer Day. A day when everyone can just go find a worthy cause to support and be a helper for a day. And hopefully it sticks.

    Now I gotta go listen to some Dead.

    • That’s what another Canadian told me! And it sounds great.
      Volunteer Day is awesome and it goes hand in hand with another suggestion in these comments – Pay it Forward Day.

  29. I love all of your chosen days! I would also like a “Stay In Bed Day” and a “Someone Else Cooked Dinner, YAY!” day, and finally (since Addy has been sick and home with me for 10 straight days now) an “Addy feels better today” day. I also LOVE that picture of the Moose. It’s so awesome, and the babies in the background looking right at you. LOVE it. I am ready to go back to Disney with the kids so I can go to Universal and see all of the Harry Potter stuff. I am definitely a Harry Potter fan. Also, I saw where you are going to BH15 in NYC!!! YAY! I wish I could go. I am heading to SNAP next month and then the Type A conference in October in Atlanta.

    • I’m so sorry about Addy! This season was terrible. Des is on his third virus today – and it’s a weird one. Fever and sneezing and exhaustion. I would love there to be an “Addy Feels Better” Day. The oils aren’t cutting it? I’m working with them like crazy for him!
      I wish you were going to BlogHer! Someday!

  30. #10 Happens everyday here, my husband has one fine a$$.
    #5, that’s pretty much the weekend for us, but we need to work on the no TV. πŸ˜‰
    I’ve been to a Harry Potter Day celebration, it was the BEST! I need to find some pictures to share.
    Moose Day, I saw a book about finding a moose at the library and thought of you. Had the book been for sale, I would have bought it on the spot for you and the babies. πŸ™‚
    XOXO

    • haha! No doubt on the fine a$$.
      A Harry Potter celebration? So good! Years ago when the 7th book was released, we dressed up and went to a midnight party at the bookstore in San Francisco where we had reserved the books. That was fun!
      That’s sweet about the moose book. The thought alone is totally happy-making!

      • πŸ™‚ The downtown area of Naperville was turned into “Harry Potter Town” it was so much fun. There were so many Hermiones and Harrys. My daughter was one of those Hermiones. πŸ™‚
        There was butter beer and endless cheer. Okay, I should stop…
        If I ever see the moose book on a store shelf it’s yours.
        XOXO

  31. LOL to the bonus. I absolutely agree that DST should be a holiday. That Monday is no joke. I’ll pass on #7. I volunteered to help my husband plant some stuff one time when we had our first house. He bought me some garden gloves, knee pads and everything. Once I dug down and saw grubs and things underneath the soil I was done. He won’t let me live that one down. I never hear about those National Days until someone posts it on FB or something. I just asked Christopher what he would choose. First he said for sports cars to be delivered to the house to test drive. I said, “well that’s kind of a wish.” Then he said a day where he could get lots of candy. I said, “well that’s kind of Halloween” (which we don’t celebrate) Then he said, “I don’t know my brain is kind of fried right now.” What is he by day, an executive? LOL! Poor kid is ready for Spring Break.

  32. Oooh, what fun!

    I love the days here! We have an actual “Family Day” here in Alberta. In Edmonton, all of the feature attractions are free admission to families for that day… and it’s a civic holiday so a lot of people have the day off! It’s awesome.

    Touch your hubby’s butt day… LOL – I do that all the day. My hubby just has the cutest bum.

    Thanks for sharing the photos, words, and music.

    What a fun (and full) post.
    xoxo

  33. Can we circulate a petition on some of these holiday proposals?? I feel like we have a real shot with daylight savings time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s too painful. Please people!?!

  34. Catching up again. Scarlett is hilarious. She should write your blog more often… πŸ˜‰ – and interesting play list…I would have thought you’d be more into loons and water type music in that type of situation…I had an Enya album but it was annoying when it came down to it. And after the drugs, I really didn’t care any more…

    • Scarlet is a better source for blog cop out than just using photos and calling it a wordless post!
      She’s hilarious!
      Ha! I agree about Enya but I do love that “Caribbean Blue” song. And it was on a birth mix for Scarlet. But loons??? What!!??

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