Monday, January 26, 2009
Happy Australia Day
I know I know... I failed to mention Thanksgiving even though I was very thankful to be here with the family this year. And when Christmas rolled around I didn't even give this site the time of day. So why Australia Day?
Our son Matt called from Australia tonight to wish us a Happy Australia Day. He's been down there for almost a year now, and he's taking the time to celebrate the annual Aussie summer ritual (in a hot 105F today). It's their version of a 4th of July holiday.
Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. On Australia Day we come together as a nation celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Most important is that my daughter Kalyssa is half Aussie, so we make sure to celebrate the day for her so she's aware of her roots. We usually have a cake and we give out gifts we bring back with us from our trips down there.
So, if you're looking for an excuse to party, today's the day for it. Call in sick, order up a cake in the shape of a Kangaroo or a Boomerang, go buy a case of any Australian beer other than Fosters, and enjoyr.
posted by El Capitan at 12:01 AM