Summer vacation is behind us, but there are a number of holidays coming up this fall. Use them for writing material. If you are an article writer, you know most publishers like to include holiday-themed material. You may have to submit as much as a year in advance, though. What if you’re a fiction writer? You can incorporate holidays in short stories or novellas. In fact, the Love Inspired imprint (Harlequin) features many holiday-related books. See the Christmas selections here.
Favorite Fall Holidays
- Labor Day, September 4: Celebrating American workers, Labor Day was first observed on September 5, 1882. The first Monday in September is now the national Labor Day holiday. Check out the history here.
- Constitution Day, September 17: On this day in 1787, thirty-nine people signed the U. S. Constitution. Find out who there were here. The holiday is observed on September 18 this year. For more about celebration, go here.
- Columbus Day, October 10: Observed on October 9 this year, this holiday honors explorer Christopher Columbus. For information on how Columbus Day celebrations have evolved, check this out.
- Veterans Day, November 11: This is one of the few holidays that is celebrated on the same date every year. It was originally called Armistice Day because the peace treaty, or armistice, was signed at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, a law was passed changing the name to Veterans Day, and it was signed by President Eisenhower, a veteran himself. See details here.
- Thanksgiving, November 23: By joint resolution of Congress, approved on December 26, 1941, the fourth Thursday of each November is the official national day of Thanksgiving. Prior to this action, Thanksgiving was not an official holiday unless the President issued a new proclamation each year. Traditionally, our presidents make an annual Thanksgiving proclamation, but it is not necessary since the law was enacted. George Washington published the first one in 1789. Here’s a source that lists all of the presidential proclamations with a link to the actual text.
Fall Holiday Resources
- Here’s an extensive holiday calendar website. You can search by month, country, religion, or international.
- And another one that’s limited to the United States.
Check out these resources. You’ll be surprised how browsing the holidays will get your curiosity and your writing juices flowing.
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