When I was a kid, Labor Day meant the last fun weekend before school started. I never knew there was a whole, interesting history to the holiday.
Check it out. It’s worth a search through Wikipedia.
Learning the history behind the celebration stirs up fantastic mealtime conversation. Our whole family will sit at the table for an extra hour digging into lessons on, in the case of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the labor movement and politics. Even the little ones can soak in the information and participate in the debates. Or more often, the laughter and fun!
Our family uses every holiday as a bouncing off point for family discussions and educational opportunities. Even birthdays are a great time to reflect on the life of that family member and the hopes and dreams for their future.
Spending time learning about the holidays as a family builds memories. Even something as seemingly boring as the labor movement of 1882 can spark a very interesting evening. The discussion can go off in other directions anywhere from political beliefs to religion to geography.
This year, as Labor Day comes around and we are all busy with the new school year and the end of summer, I thought I’d share a bit of Labor Day trivia to get your family conversation started (answers below). Be creative….let the conversation flow naturally and you will be surprised at what your kids will have to share.
1. The first National Labor Day was in 1894. Who was president at that time?
2. What day is Labor Day?
3. What other holiday is a day of the week instead of the same day of the month every year?
4. What country observed Labor Day before the U.S.?
5. Why did Labor day start?
6. What was the first state to declare Labor Day a state holiday?
7. What color did one not wear after Labor Day?
8. In the early years, how was Labor Day celebrated?
When you’re looking for some new, fun subjects to discuss, consider other holidays, family history or Bible characters. The “My Story” books are a great way to learn about some of the most fascinating people in the Bible. There’s Joseph, Noah, David and Daniel.
Use your holiday table time together to stimulate a love of knowledge and share your beliefs with your children.
1. Grover Cleveland
2. First Monday in September
5. It was a way to appease city workers after numerous strikes and some violence.
8. Parades and festivals
How often does your family have dinner all together? It’s a great time to start some holiday conversations of your own! What topics are popular around your table?
Lisa Pennington: Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24. When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!”
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