When I was a kid, Labor Day meant the last fun weekend before school started. I never knew there was a whole, interesting history to the holiday. Check it out. It’s worth a search through Wikipedia. Learning the history behind the celebration stirs up a fantastic mealtime conversation. Our whole family will sit at the table for an extra hour digging into lessons on, in the case of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the labor movement and politics. Even the little ones can soak in the information and participate in the debates. Or more often, the laughter and fun!
Our family uses every holiday as a bouncing off point for family discussions and educational opportunities.
Even birthdays are a great time to reflect on the life of that family member and the hopes and dreams for their future. Spending time learning about the holidays as a family builds memories. Even something as seemingly boring as the labor movement of 1882 can spark a very interesting evening. The discussion can go off in other directions anywhere from political beliefs to religion to geography. This year, as Labor Day comes around and we are all busy with the new school year and the end of summer, I thought I’d share a bit of Labor Day trivia to get your family conversation started (answers below). Be creative…let the conversation flow naturally and you will be surprised at what your kids will have to share.
1. The first National Labor Day was in 1894. Who was president at that time?
2. What day is Labor Day?
3. What other holiday is a day of the week instead of the same day of the month every year?
4. What country observed Labor Day before the U.S.?
5. Why did Labor day start?
6. What was the first state to declare Labor Day a state holiday?
7. What color did one not wear after Labor Day?
8. In the early years, how was Labor Day celebrated?
When you’re looking for some new, fun subjects to discuss, consider other holidays, family history or Bible characters. The “My Story” books are a great way to learn about some of the most fascinating people in the Bible. There’s Joseph, Noah, David, and Daniel. Use your holiday table time together to stimulate a love of knowledge and share your beliefs with your children.
1. Grover Cleveland
2. First Monday in September
5. It was a way to appease city workers after numerous strikes and some violence.
8. Parades and festivals