It’s so close I can almost taste it! In fact I can practically smell it! What many call ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ is fast approaching and as usual with it comes much spending, shopping, decorating, musical listening and my personal favorite dessert eating! Christmas!!!!
For those that celebrate the Christmas season and even for those who don’t, things get overwhelming very fast. Fortunately Diana from This Gals Life on Youtube, and myself are starting a series right now to try and encourage everyone to stay sane and positive through this season! (You can check out my video’s here!)
All that said I wanted to share with you, today, something that many find bothersome, but some, myself included find disrespectful. And why in our house Christmas decor, music and other festivities get put off until after the middle of November.
In Canada November 11th marks Remembrance Day. Very much the same as Veterans Day in the states, Remembrance Day is marked with services at churches, legions, armouries, and war memorials with a moment of silence at 11 am. It happens to be the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, but it is also the day that WW1 officially ended.
Although not a Stat, all schools and offices in my province are closed for Remembrance Day. Most other businesses open at noon. Many people take this as a ‘free day off’, and unfortunately do not demonstrate any respect. Regardless of your political stance, or your opinion on any war past or present, I see no reason not to honour the men and women who gave of themselves for your right to have that opinion!
I have an issue with stores not only selling Holiday decorations before Halloween,(come on! that’s just ridiculous!) but before Remembrance Day. In Canada, we don’t have Thanksgiving in November, nor do we have a ‘Memorial Day’ or any other day of the year to honour those who served and died for our freedoms. I understand that the buying season would be shorter, but do retailers really think that they wouldn’t sell just as much if they waited until Nov. 12th to put out their displays? I see this as another way many today choose to ignore the day of remembrance and focus on ‘bigger and better’ things in their lives! I often wonder how many people stop to ponder why they have it so good. Do they not know that in many places in the world they are still struggling with oppression, that the people there only wish and pray they could celebrate a holiday with food and gifts surrounded by family and friends?
Many do not know the extent of Canada’s war past. Our Country has made many great sacrifices, but because the people do not honour or respect our veterans the same way they do in say America, or overseas, most of this information is lost or forgotten. I don’t want to get too heavy or soap box-y… but I will leave you with the infamous poem written by Canadian John McCrae
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Take some time on November 11th to remember, honor and show respect for the veterans that served for your freedoms!