What’s an “odd-iday”? It’s just our little name for the multitude of slightly strange, but nonetheless official, days that have been claimed on our nation’s calendar.
An “odd-iday” presents a special opportunity for families to create new traditions especially fit for their unique lives! With freedom from the expectations of our more well-known holidays, you can bring both significance and silliness to any month of your family’s year! So come here for monthly suggestions for celebrations and activities sure to bond you all in fresh ways. Pick a day or two each month and let the fun begin!
Wednesday, April 3 – World Party Day
This “unofficial” holiday began in 1996 to bring to life the ending of a novel by Vanna Bonta called “Flight”. A synchronized worldwide celebration takes place. Choose a country on the globe your family knows very little about and find out party customs of their culture.
The idea around World Party Day is to actively celebrate life...period. Start the day by challenging each family member to make a list of 5 ways “life was beautiful” today. Celebrate together.
Take some noisemakers, streamers and a plate of cookies to a firehouse or police station and thank them for always being on alert to protect our lives.
Friday, April 12 – Grilled Cheese Day
See how far away the nearest gourmet cheese sandwich place is located. There are quite a few in existence these days. Head there for dinner if possible.
Choose 3 cheeses your family doesn’t normally buy and experiment with interesting combinations for supper together… make a new soup recipe as your side dish
Over a meal together, gather nominations for “the cheesiest thing someone in our family has done lately”…vote and let the winner choose the restaurant the next time your family eats out.
Sunday, April 14 - Reach as High as You Can Day (Palm Sunday)
Get a helium balloon for each family member. Tie encouraging messages to the string and have a launch. Pray together that God would use your encouragement to help someone’s heart soar a little higher.
Begin to brainstorm a lofty goal or project for your family’s summer. Remember the number one goal of brainstorming... no idea is shot down.
Fly kites together…’tis the season!
Wednesday, April 17 - Haiku Poetry Day
(Haikus traditionally have three lines with 17 syllables. The first and last sentences have 5 syllables and the second line has 7 syllables. Unlike a lot of other forms of poetry, words in a haiku poem do not need to rhyme.)
Write a haiku “description” for each of your children and read them at dinner.
Find some famous haikus to help children understand more about the art of writing one.
Choose a funny, random, topic at the beginning of the week and give a prize to the reader of what you deem to be the best haiku creation on that topic. (This year’s winner could be the judge and choose the topic next year).
Since it is so close to Easter, challenge your children to put facets of their faith into any poetry style they would like to write. Explore spiritual poetry writers… begin with Ann Weems who has beautiful selections for both Easter and Christmas.
Thursday, April 25 – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
(What began as an “odd-iday” just for daughters in 1993 has grown into a more widely observed occasion.)
If at all possible participate in this day by taking one of your children to work (after making arrangements with your employer and your child’s school of course).
“Interview” your children with questions about what they think you do at your place(s) of employment. Their answers may be cause for a few laughs. Be sure to enlighten them to a few of the realities of your average day.
Let your children ask you 20 questions about your workday.
Have each child choose an occupation they would like to know more about. See if you can find someone you are connected to who does similar work and see if you can arrange time to introduce him or her to your child to satisfy his or her curiosity.