Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February Celebrations

It’s snowing again. We got two inches last night and are expecting more today. Winter is here to stay.
At least we have a cluster of holidays coming up.
Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th.
Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year are on Sunday, February 14th. Mardi Gras is February 16th. More snow! We got two inches last night and are expecting more today. George Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd. We can do a lot of celebrating this month! Here in Springfield, we have a lot of events happening. Check your local newspaper and see what events are happening in your area.

We have a huge celebration for Lincoln’s Birthday starting with a new display of artifacts in the Abraham Lincoln Museum. A new Lincoln penny will be released on Thursday. There will be lectures, banquets, and storytelling programs for children. A new Lincoln penny will be unveiled Thursday. There will be pilgrimages to Lincoln’s tomb. Valentine’s Day is on Sunday this year and we have a lot of specials dinners and events for lovers. Specials meals, desserts, and hotel packages are available. Mardi Gras will be celebrated here starting with a costume party on Monday, February 15th. A family parade will be begin on Tuesday followed by a pub crawl led by the Jambalaya Marching Band. Several restaurants will be serving Cajun and Creole foods.

To celebrate at home: Read the Gettysburg Address and make a log cabin out of pretzel sticks or bake a log cake for dessert for Lincoln’s birthday. Make or buy a Valentine’s Day Card for your sweetheart, cook a special meal with a chocolate dessert, and watch a romantic movie. Cook some Chinese dishes or get takeout for the Chinese New Year. Listen to jazz and bake a King Cake for Mardi Gras. Read a biography of George Washington and bake a cherry pie or cherry dessert.

So, if you have cabin fever like me, you can get out and enjoy some of these events and foods. Go to the mall , a movie, or to an indoor event like a flea market or trivia contest. Try a new restaurant. Read a book or article about George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. Try something new. Winter can't last forever!

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