By Michelle Lynn Senters-
For those of you who live in the United States, Happy 4th of July! This is the day we celebrate our independence with fireworks, picnics, music, and family time.
Have you ever wanted to CREATE your own holiday? As a child, I invented the “Michelle Gets Everything She Wants Day” and “Michelle is the Boss of Everything Day”. Needless to say, those holidays were not accepted by my family. They were holidays celebrated only in the imagination of a child.
As an adult, however, I created a family holiday that we celebrate every year. It’s called “Pie Making Day”. After my beloved Grandmother died, I wanted to create a special way to honor and remember her each year. I thought about who she was, what she taught me, and the memories we made together. My Grandmother LOVED making pies and even more, she loved TEACHING me how to make pies. I remember her wrinkled hands rolling out the pie dough. I remember the sound of her voice as she told me her pie making secrets.
So, each year in November, we celebrate Grandma with a “Pie Making Day”. It is one of our favorite holidays of the year. We laugh and share memories about Grandma. I teach my daughters how to roll out the dough and share Grandma’s pie making secrets. It is a joyful day.
Today, you are going to invent your own holiday. Use your imagination with this. It can be a realistic holiday that you can celebrate each year. It can be a magical holiday you celebrate in your imagination. As I was thinking about what new holiday I wanted to celebrate, I invented the “Bring Your Dragon To School Day”- a special day in which students can bring their pet dragons to school. All of a sudden, my mind exploded with ideas and a new children’s book was born! I am writing it now.
Do one (or ALL) of activities detailed below. I am off to write a children’s book about my new holiday, “Bring Your Dragon to School Day”. Happy writing!
Check in below with your first name, age, title of your holiday, and a short description of your holiday.
Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.