Since I don't actually know how this holiday came to be, I just did some Wikipedia research. This is what I learned:
- celebrated by Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), British Columbia (BC) and Saskatchewan
- on the third Monday of February (except in BC on the second Monday)
- coincides with Presidents' Day in the USA
- first celebrated in 1990 in Alberta
"Premier [Don] Getty said it was important for all Albertans to take time for their families, and that this holiday would emphasize the importance of family values." [source]
So, to celebrate, here is a list of things you can do with your family today (or, really, any other day).
- Tell each family member what you admire about them. If doing this verbally is too difficult (and all members know how to read and write at least a little), try this:
- Each individual needs a piece of paper and a writing utensil.
- Everyone writes their name on one side of the paper and places it in front of them.
- Sitting in a circle, each person passes their paper to the person next to them.
- On the back of the paper, each person writes 1-3 things they like about the person whose name is on the paper and flip it back over when done.
- Continue passing papers until all family members have written on each other's paper.
- the role of each family member
- the importance of gender
- the purpose of marriage
- wholesome activities to do together
- why Heavenly Father decided to place us on the earth in families
- I recommend using FamilySearch.org to track your findings.
- Additionally, for LDS temple recommend holders: schedule a day and time to take family names to the nearest temple.
What do you do to celebrate your family? When does your family have special time together?
Next week's topic: [Who in the World is Flora B. Caviness?]