It’s a Holiday!

Have a fun-filled Columbus Day!

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68 thoughts on “It’s a Holiday!

  1. No holiday from school today. Thanks for the smile as I head out. Will you have a special meal tonight to honor CC? In first grade I played the part of Queen Isabella with a yellow crayon and glitter oak tag crown.
    Enjoy the day!

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    • How festive! Why ever did you give up acting?
      Nothing special for dinner but I am planning to make a pot of sauce today. I’m completely out. Horror of horror!
      Chicago public schools will be in session to make up for days lost during the strike and it may not be celebrated again. The Mayor is instituting a longer school year. Columbus and Pulaski days will no longer by celebrated. Much to the chagrin of the Italians and Poles, St Patrick’s Day will continue to be celebrated. Uh, oh!

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  2. I don’t know what happens on Columbus Day in Chicago, but in Providence, it’s the Italian-American version of St Patrick’s Day – have a parade, drink all day, throw up, drink some more….
    And the Natives beat drums (and their breasts) and complain…
    Have a great day, however you celebrate!

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    • There’s a parade, Marie, but I don’t know of any problems like those associated with St. Pat’s. Maybe down in Little Italy but certainly not in every tavern like with our Irish brothers. And there have been Native American demonstrations, too.
      I saw a piece on a news program yesterday. A growing number of states are no longer celebrating the holiday. We need a good Paesan’ in the White House to reverse this trend!

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    • Thanks, Tanya, and it really does stick with you. I “found” it 3 weeks ago and it’s been with me ever since. I’m hoping now it will go away. Please make it go away! 🙂
      Have a great holiday!

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    • Thanks, Charlie. Columbus Day is a federal holiday commemorating the discovery of America by Columbus. Considering that it’s now believed that Ericson discovered this land centuries before, that Columbus never really set foot on America, and thousands upon thousands of Native Americans died as a result of this first contact, the holiday is losing favor. Fewer states are celebrating it. Who knows how long it will remain an official holiday here?

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    • It’s been chilly here, too, Eva. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer but another cold front will come through tomorrow night to stop that! It looks like Old Man Winter is just itchin’ to get here and set up house. I hope you and JT have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and a safe trip home.

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  3. Hello John Happy Columbus Day!! I am soooo happy that you are cooking “sauce” today so am I…the reason I put sauce in paraphrases is because in South Jersey everyone calls red sauce “gravy” . I am a transplant here from the northern part of the State and up north/NYC it is called sauce, not gravy, gravy is brown…enjoy your day…

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    • Happy Columbus Day to you, too, Maria. We, too, never called our sauce “gravy” but, just to confuse matters, they called it “sugo” which is Italian for “gravy.” Go figure!
      My sauce is up and simmering and the dishwasher is humming. Let the holiday begin! 🙂
      You, too, have a great day!

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  4. I can remember when we did have a Columbus Day holiday from school, but it’s no longer observed in California anyway. I think it’s just that there are too many holidays. My son-in-law who works for Los Angeles County has the holiday, but Sophia has school. It’s a mixed bag! But I’m old school and remember, so I’ll make my own celebration today. It seems that our Columbus Day correlates with the Canadian Thanksgiving! I hope both can involve a good meal! 🙂

    I love your comment about Leif Ericson Day…You are probably right about that!

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    • Hello, Debra. I hope you had a great holiday! Our public schools will probably be in session on Columbus Day from now on. Our mayor is extending the school year. Yesterday, I heard someone suggest replacing Columbus Day with an Explorers’ Day, honoring everyone from Ericson to Armstrong.
      We Italians will just have to focus our energies on National Pasta Day, October 17th of every year. Who could possibly complain about a day dedicated to eating pasta? Imagine the parades! The floats! The giant balloons! And the food. All that glorious pasta! You can take away my Columbus but you cannot take away my pasta!

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    • Californian? Are you not living in NYC now? You’re a Yankee, pure and simple. And NYC is where the first Columbus Day parade was held. When in New York, do as the Yankees do. I expect to see pics of you in the Columbus Day Parade next year. Heck! I’d drive to NYC to see that! 🙂

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  5. Hahaha.. loved it the minute I hit play!! My son said he heard “tons of that music” when he worked at Mercato (Italian restaurant near us). You always make me smile, John! Play on mandolin!! Drink up all that wine!! Turna the ship around and Happy Columbus Day!!

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    • Hey, Barb! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and I’m so glad you enjoyed today’s musical selection. I can always count on Lou Monte to provide a tune when I need one. 🙂

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    • Hi, Marina. Columbus Day is a funny holiday. Once, all states observed it but now fewer and fewer do. Our public schools were closed but that will be stopped soon in an effort to lengthen the school year. Calling the library is as good a way as any to “keep up” and I’ll have to remember that. 🙂

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  6. Thanks John! Happy Columbus Day to you too 🙂
    For us October 12 is the National day but is also Pilar’s day, because is the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, so the whole discovery of the new world theme is overshadowed by her 😉
    Have a nice day!

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      • That’s exactly right, Giovanna. Congress over the years has moved a number of holidays to Mondays. It is much easier on business to remain closed for 3 days than to open for, say Mon & Tues, close on Wed, and then re-open for the remaining 2 days. This is especially true for the banking and financial industries. 🙂

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    • Yes, Giovanna, I remember your post of last year, in which you described Our Lady of Pilar Day for us. Columbus Day is growing out of favor with fewer states observing it now than ever. Time will tell if it disappears completely. I hope you enjoy your holiday!

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    • Our public schools were in session to make up for time lost during the teacher strike and the mayor wants to do away with the holiday, along with Pulaski Day, next year. There are those who are unhappy, especially considering St Patrick’s Day will remain a holiday. 2013 wil be an interesting year. 🙂

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  7. Happy Belated Columbus Day! Alas, I’ve never worked anywhere that actually granted me time off on this holiday, but I always celebrate by eating something Italian. Of course I do that many other days of the year, too. 😉

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    • Thanks, John. For the most part, I worked in financial businesses and always had the holiday off. I made a big pot of sauce and, for some unknown reason, put up a batch of pickles, too. Go figure! 🙂

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  8. Happy belated Columbus Day! Somehow I missed Columbus Day…can’t figure out how that happened! LOL But the good news is that we sold our house on Columbus Day. 🙂 I haven’t posted anything though. Waiting for the inspection process to be over and for the for sale sign to go up to make it official. ~ April

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