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Arbor Day Chanukah Christmas Cinco de Mayo
Columbus Day Easter Father's Day Flag Day
Fourth of July George Washington Carver Day Groundhog Day Halloween
Juneteenth Kwanzaa Labor Day Lincoln's Birthday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Memorial Day Mother's Day New Year's Day
St. Patrick's Day Thanksgiving
Valentine's Day Veteran's Day Washington's Birthday


Chronological order


New Year's Day - 1 January each year!


The first day of each new year is celebrated with parades, football games, and even shopping! Traditional parties are often held to commemorate the new year or the old depending on whether the party is held on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

Christine O'Keeffe's New Year's Page
Happy New Year - traditions, history, celebrations and more
Countdown page to the next new year!
New Year traditions around the world

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George Washington Carver Recognition Day - 5 January each year!


"It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success."

During his lifetime he developed 325 products from peanuts, 108 products from sweet potatoes, 75 applications of pecans, 118 industrial products from agricultural products and over 500 dyes from the plants, which was incredible. His experiments soon gave him recognition as "the peanut man."

George Washington Carver Life Highlights
George Washington Carver Brief Biography
Diamond, Mo Birth and early years
Minneapolis, Ks Boyhood home
George Washington Carver Profile page
A biography page for Carver


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday in January each year!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - from Holiday.net - Find many links and much information at this informative site.
Look at King's "I Have a Dream" speech
Day of Service
Information about his life
History page for the holiday
A timeline of King's life

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Groundhog Day - February 2 each year


This is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, there will be six more weeks of bad weather, but if the day is cloudy and shadowless, it is a sign of spring and the groundhog stays out of his burrow.

Theofficial site for the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club with history and photos
A history page for Groundhog Day - not only in the USA but in other areas of the world
Try this history page for the holiday
Punxsutawney Phil's official page

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Lincoln's Birthday - February 12 each year


President Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was commonly known as "Honest Abe." He was born in a wilderness area of Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. He became president in 1861. Shortly after the civil war ended, Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. President to be assassinated. He was shot and mortally wounded on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre.

Though Lincoln's Birthday is February 12, It is officially celebrated in many areas as President's Day. In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents' Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past president of the United States of America.

Abraham Lincoln Research Site - Discovering the Man - the President
A biography page for Abraham Lincoln
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln Online

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Valentine's Day - 14 February each year!

Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. Traditionally flowers, cards and gifts are given to your friends and those you love.

Christine O'Keeffe's Valentine's Day Page
A history of Valentine's Day - why do we celebrate and how it started
Valentine's Day - not like it used to be

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Washington's Birthday - 22 February each year


He was born in 1732 in Virginia. On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. By choice, he served only one term as president. After less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799.

Though Washington's Birthday is February 22, it is officially celebrated in many areas as President's Day. In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents' Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past president of the United States of America. Officially, though, the day remains the legal holiday for Washington's Birthday.

George Washington's biography
George Washington Birthday Celebration Website
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

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St Patrick's Day - 17 March each year!


This holiday honors Saint Patrick who is the patron Saint of Ireland. It is also a celebration of Irish culture. There is usually a parade, food, music, and dancing. Saint Patricks Day is a legal holiday in Ireland where banks, etc are closed. In the USA, it is a holiday, but banks, government offices remain open.

Free Cards and more - Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland as he was the one who brought Christianity to the Irish. Celebrate St. Patrick's day with our free and online collection of animated St. Patrick's greeting cards, eCards and wish your near and dear ones. All St. Patrick's day cards and greetings are absolutely FREE!!
Christine O'Keeffe's St. Patricks Day Page
- page links for history, place names, customs, other links, e-cards and more!
Free St. Patricks Day Greeting Cards - from 123 Greetings.com
St. Patrick's Day Site with info on the Blarney Stone, superstitions, history and more
St. Patrick's Day Cards
- Send eCards,Cards & Greetings in Irish way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

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Easter - celebrated each year in March or April


Easter Information from Christine O'Keeffe with history of easter eggs, free easter cards and more
Why Easter Eggs?
Learn about the traditions of Easter
Learn all about Easter here
How to make Ukranian Easter Eggs - also known as Pysanky
Russian Porcelain Easter Eggs - learn about their history and about the Russian Easter traditions
A dictionary explanation of the Easter Egg
Where did the Easter Bunny come from?
Send an
Easter Card

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Arbor Day - The last Friday in April each year


Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. The holiday was founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872. National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April.

National Arbor Day Foundation
A history page for Arbor Day
Arbor Day crafts for kids
Information on Arbor Day

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Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May each year!


A day to honor moms and motherhood. The biography site lists 100 famous moms. Another lists ideas for gifts and cards. Don't forget Mom!!

Mother's Day Cards
All about Mothers - poems, music, history, motherly advice, bible quotes on mothers and more
Mother's Day cards, gifts, crafts for kids to make, history and more
Just for You, Mom Send an E card to Mom

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Cinco de Mayo - 5th of May each year!


The official reason for celebrating this day is the 1862 victory of a Mexican army over a French army at the Battle of Puebla.
Learn more about the holiday and how it is celebrated here in the USA and also in Mexico.

The history of the holiday from Mexonline.com
Historical site for Cinco de Mayo
Greeting cards for this holiday
http://www.cincodemayocards.com/

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Memorial Day - observed the last Monday in May each year


Celebrate Memorial Day with e-cards and more
Memorial Day history and information
Memorial Day has an interesting history. Read about it and other information on US Wars including a timeline

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Flag Day - 14 June each year


Though the Fourth of July was celebrated as America's birthday, the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

The National Flag Day Foundation
The history of Flag Day
Information on Flag Day
Annie's Flag Day Welcome page
How to fold the flag
Meaning of the colors of the flag

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Juneteenth - 19 June each year

See the history page for this holiday to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States
This website tells all about the holiday


Father's Day - 3rd Sunday in June each year!


Father's World - reading materials on fathering, chat forums and fathering issues
Father's Day on the Net - learn all about the history of this holiday, free greeting cards, ideas for gifts and more
http://wilstar.com/holidays/fathers.htm - history, quotes and facts about Father's Day

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Fourth of July


Celebrate the Fourth of July! On July 4, 1776, we declared our Independence from England. These sites help us learn more about our independence and our country!

Try this site from the National Archives and Records Administration to learn about the writing of the Declaration of Independence with an actual virtual look at the document. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The Declaration itself was drafted between June 11 and June 28, 1776 by Thomas Jefferson. Other historical information is also available at this site.
Independence Day from Holidays on the Net
Learn more about the Fourth!
Learn all about the 4th with history, games, recipes and more
Fourth of July Greeting Cards
- Wish our fellow patriots a Happy 4th! Our cards are absolutely free
Fourth of July Greeting Cards - offering a wide range of free e-cards for the coming fourth of July


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Labor Day - First Monday in September each year


Originally designated to honor and recognize the American worker, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. First celebrated with speeches and parades, the first Labor Day parade was held on Sept. 5, 1882. The significance of the day for workers has decreased and the day has evolved to a three day holiday where many celebrate with vacations and parties. It is known as the traditional end of the summer vacation period and most schools begin their fall terms just after Labor day.

How did Labor day begin?
A history for Labor Day
Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

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Columbus Day - 12 October each year


Information and links about Columbus Day
Columbus Day - history, poems, discussion, poetry, crafts and more
Columbus Day from Wikipedia

Christopher Columbus wanted to reach the east by sailing west, though those who heard of his quest thought him to be quite crazy. Many "knew" the earth was flat, but even then, there were those who agreed with Columbus and felt the world was round. Finally, after much effort, Columbus was sponsored by the Queen of Spain, Isabella. He and his crew left for the west on 3 August 1492 from Palos, Spain. He set forth with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. After several months at sea, on 12 October 1492, Columbus sighted what he felt was an island off the Indies near Japan or China. It was an island, but not in the Far East. He had sighted San Salvadore. After his initial discovery, Columbus made several trips across the Atlantic to continue his quest to find a route to Asia or Japan. Though he had made great discoveries, he died feeling he had not accomplished his goal of bringing back the treasures of the east to Spain.

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Halloween - 31 October each year!


Halloween Facts:

It is believed the druids were the first ones to observe Halloween. They celebrated the festival of Sarnhain (the end of the harvest and a time to honor the dead) on November 1 each year going back as far as 700 B.C. Later, the night before became known as the Eve of All Hallows = Hallow Even = Hallow e'en

What about Trick-or-Treating? On the eve of Samhain, people left food on their doorsteps to keep hungry spirits from coming in. Those going to festivals that night began to dress in ghost, witch and goblin costumes so the same spirits would leave them alone. Even now, these costumes are among the favorites every year.

The Black cat, a particular symbol of Halloween were originally believed to be a sidekick to the witches to protect them from negative forces. Vampire Bats, also a symbol of Halloween, do drink blood, but don't hail from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and take blood from the horses, cattle and birds they find.

Pumpkins are very much a part of Halloween. The biggest pumpkin in the world weighted 1,262 pounds and weighed in on 6 October 2001 at a pumpkin festival in Canby, Oregon. Pumpkins are really very nutritious being one of our best sources of Vitamin A. Of course, most pumpkins are not eaten at Halloween, but instead are made into Jack-O-lanterns. The first one was really made from a turnip.

One word which goes with Halloween is candy. In fact, Halloween is sweeter than any other holiday. One fourth of all candy sold each year is purchased between September 15 and November 10

Halloween Facts page
Teacher helps for Halloween including lesson plans, games and much more
Christine O'Keefe's Halloween Page
Halloween
- your one source for everything Halloween
Ben & Jerry's Halloween Page
Halloween history and more
A Guide to Salem, Massachusetts and the Salem Witch Trials
Costumes online!


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Veteran's Day - November 11 each year!


Links for Veterans Day

Veterans Day: A Resource Guide -http://www.ida.net/users/lamar/VetOrgLinks.html
Veterans and Military Links - http://www.ida.net/users/lamar/millinks.html
Arlington National Cemetery - http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/
The American Bald Eagle - http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/ and http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle9.html
The United States Flag - http://www.va.gov/kids/6-12/multicontent.asp?intPageID=8
Guidelines for Display of the Flag - http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html
Veterans Day Poster Gallery - http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp
History of Veterans Day - http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
Burial of the Unknown Soldier - November 1921

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Veteran Organizations:


Veterans Of Foreign Wars - http://www.vfw.org/
Vietnam Veterans Of America - http://www.vva.org/
Amvets - http://www.amvets.org/
Blinded Veterans Association - http://www.bva.org/
Army And Navy Union, USA - http://www.armynavy.net/
The American Legion - http://www.legion.org/
Military Order Of The Purple Heart - http://www.purpleheart.org/
Legion Of Valor - http://www.legionofvalor.com/
The Retired Enlisted Association - http://www.trea.org/
Disabled American Veterans - http://www.dav.org/
Fleet Reserve Association - http://www.fra.org/
Darrel La Mar Wakley - http://www.ida.net/users/lamar/

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Thanksgiving

Learn all about Thanksgiving - A celebration of America's first Thanksgiving
Send a free e-card for Thanksgiving! From 123 Greetings.com
The history of thanks giving and its celebration in history
America's First Thanksgiving
What about the Turkey?
Crafts for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Decorations
Thanksgiving Storybooks and games for Toddlers
Word Search Thanksgiving Puzzle
Crossroads Crossways Thanksgiving Puzzle
Thanksgiving Crafts, games, clip art, goodies, etc.
USA Thanksgiving Traditions and more
Thanksgiving Greeting Cards
America's Thanksgiving Cards features the finest assortment of Thanksgiving greeting cards which can be personalized for businesses or families. Personalize and preview your holiday cards right on our web site. Most cards ship in 2 to 3 business days.


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Chanukah - during December each year!


Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year.

Learn about Chanukah
What is a Menorah and why is it used?
Read about the story of Chanukah
Send a free Chanukah card

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Christmas - 25 December each year!


Christmas for Kids
(of all ages)
Recipes Trees & Plants
Decorating & Crafts Presents & Cards Stories & Activities
Music & Songs Pictures & Desktop Themes


Christmas for Kids (of all ages!!)

General Christmas Links
Christine O'Keefe's Christmas Website
Santa Land - Christmas on the net
http://www.northpole.com/ Visit Santa's Secret Village! -a great award-winning site!
http://www.merry-christmas.com/ Homepage for the Holidays -it has everything you want for Christmas.
http://www.claus.com/nn_hmpg.html Check your Naughty or Nice rating on Santa's List
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/christmas/christms.htm Billy Bear's Christmas A Page for all the Holidays - click on Christmas
http://www.claus.com/ Santa Claus at Claus.com - great site for kids!
http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/noel/angl/noel.htm Christmas Traditions in France and in Canada
http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii_magazine/christmas/index.shtml Christmas Trees in Hawaii
http://www.kraftmstr.com/christmas/index.html Greg's Christmas Page - stories, songs, poems, jokes, etc.
http://www.thefreesite.com/christmas.htm Christmas Freebies on the Net
http://www.christmas.com/christmas.html Christmas Traditions Around the World

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Holiday Decorating and Crafts

http://www.auntannie.com Aunt Annie's Craft Page
http://wa.essortment.com/luminariesmakin_rkut.htm - Making Christmas Luminaries
http://www.northpolechristmas.com/ - free patterns for Christmas
http://www.craftown.com/xmas.htm - Christmas Craft projects

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Pictures & Desktop Themes

http://www.christmasscreensavers.net/ - Christmas Screensavers to download

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Recipes and Good Eats at Christmas

http://www.northpole.com/cooking/cookbook.html Heirloom Recipes from Mrs. Claus' Kitchen - Cakes, breads, cookies, fudge/candy, pies, more...
http://www.vegsoc.org/christmas - Vegetarian Holiday Recipes - chestnts.doc How to Roast Chestnuts
http://wwwiz.com/issue04/wiz_d04.html The History of Gingerbread - with recipes
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mjw/recipes/cookies/ Cookie and Bar Recipes
http://christmas.whipnet.net/Dessert/stained.glass.cookies.html Stained Glass Cookies
http://fly.hiwaay.net/~eueda/reciphtm.htm#CranberrySauce Cranberry Sauce
http://www.butterball.com/ Butterball Turkeys
http://www.hoptechno.com/book15.htm Turkey Cookbook: - For the Turkey lover in you!

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Christmas Trees and Plants

http://www.christmastrees.on.ca/ Ontario Christmas Tree Association
http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays/mistletoe.htm Learn all about Mistletoe
http://www.rabbit.org/care/poinsettia.html Taking care of your Poinsettia
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/christmas_cactus.html Care of Christmas Cactus

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Christmas Presents and Cards


Presents

All - 4 - Free Xmas Goodies
http://presentpicker.com/ Perfect Present Picker - Enter some criteria - the Perfect Present Picker will return numerous gift ideas!

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E-mail Christmas Cards & more

http://www.free-christmas-cards-online.com/ send a Christmas e-mail Card
http://www.free-e-cards-online.com/ChristmasCards.html Free Christmas E-cards
http://www.123greetings.com/events/christmas/ - free e cards to send for Christmas
http://www.christianitygreetings.com/ - Christian Christmas cards and other holidays
Religious Christmas Cards America's Christmas Cards has a wide variety of religious Christmas cards for businesses and families. Personalize and preview your holiday cards right on our web site
Christmas Greeting Cards and Photo Cards - CardsDirect has the Christmas greeting cards for your holiday or special event. Corporate / business greeting cards are available and fully customizable.

Send your friends more than a Holiday Card, send an original and exclusive artwork by Marie Versailles.
Christmas Holiday Cards
1st Class Christmas Cards features the finest assortment of Christmas and holiday cards selected especially for businesses and corporate use. Personalize and preview your holiday cards right on our web site.

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Stories and Activities


The Life Story of Santa Claus
http://www.santasearch.org/texts.asp Christmas Stories and poems - Choose from a list of your favorites
http://www.stormfax.com/dickens.htm A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
http://www.christmas-tree.com/stories/nightbeforechristmas.html T'was The Night Before Christmas
http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/Gift_of_the_Magi.html The Gift of the Magi
http://www.myhome.org/hoho/poinsettia.html Christmas Pictures to Print Out and Color
http://www.interads.co.uk/puzzle/ Interactive Online Christmas Slide Puzzles
http://www.familygames.com/features/quizzes/xmasquiz.html The Christmas Trivia Quiz

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Christmas Songs!

http://silentnight.web.za/ Silent Night Web - history, translations, celebrate its 180th anniversary
http://www.joyfulheart.com/christmas/stille-n.htm The Story of "Silent Night" xmasmedl.midChristmas Midi Meleody you hear on this page
The Christmas Guitar features Christmas music on guitars and mandolin. The site includes fascinating histories of the carols, free sheet music, a fun quiz, and sound clips.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS
Many of the above links were sent to us by Darrel La Mar Wakley. Visit his website below:
http://www.ida.net/users/lamar Darrel La Mar Wakley Home Page

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Kwanzaa - December 26 until January 1 each year


Kwanzaa is a relatively new African-American holiday celebrated from December 26 through January first. It has no religious affiliation and is not a substitute for Christmas. It is a celebration of the goodness of life with an emphasis on Afro-American heritage and culture. The word, Kwanzaa, means "first fruits of the harvest" in Kiswahili and is now widely celebrated. It was begun in 1966, created by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

The official Kwanzaa website
Everything about Kwanzaa website
What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa, a definition

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