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Fall Holidays and Writing

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

Check out these resources. You’ll be surprised how browsing the holidays will get your curiosity and your writing juices flowing.

Readers, have you written about holidays for publication? Have you come across unusual holidays that have piqued your interest? Share in the comments. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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2 Responses to Fall Holidays and Writing

  1. Terry Whalin September 2, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Emily,

    Great article about the fall holidays. One type of article that almost every publication wants is personal experience articles. Everyone has personal experiences about a holiday that they can put into a short 1,000 to 1,500 word article. One of the keys is to drive the article with great detailed story but summarize the story at the end with a key takeaway–or single point to the reason the person is reading the article.

    Often when I have a “different” sort of holiday experience, I will make a point to write down some of the details before they fade so I can use those details later to craft my magazine article. It’s a simple way every writer can use the holidays to get more articles into publications.

    Hope this helps and stirs some ideas among your readers. Keep up the terrific work on this blog. I’m reading and enjoying it every week.

    Terry

  2. Emily Akin September 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks so much for your suggestions and the compliment, Terry. I once wrote a “Christmas Pageant Bloopers” article based on my experiences with children’s choirs and Christmas pageants. It was a lot of fun.

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