It’s Memorial Day Weekend right around the corner, and although almost all of us are aware of the upcoming holiday, not every family will have an opportunity to get away for the three day weekend. Is your family spending Memorial Day weekend at your home for the most part? Great! Even if travel is out of the question due to work, obligations or a tight budget, there are plenty of ways to celebrate at home.
Memorial Day is a holiday celebrated across the United States on the final Monday of May. It is a day to remember all of those who died in service of our country. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries, and many communities have a parade or other festivities meant to honor all those men and women who gave their lives in service.
But what if your family is sticking close to home? How can you celebrate the holiday? How about gathering the family around the entertainment center for some television time, and watching some of the more epic war history movies together? There are many movies and documentaries on the subject. Let the family gets comfortable on the rental sofa or loveseat together and enjoy a show on the wide screen television. It’s a good time to discuss as a family the significance of the holiday and perhaps share some family history of those who served.
When it comes to snacks how about keeping it fun and festive with some traditional items like potato salad and barbecue chicken. Did you know you can oven bake your chicken with barbecue sauce if a grill isn’t an option? And, microwave chicken wings are very good too!
Or, if you want to go with a red, white and blue theme, that is easy too! Pull some Fresh strawberries and blueberries out of the refrigerator and vanilla ice cream fresh out of the freezer for a quick and festive family treat. If you want to go all out you could decorate in red, white and blue. A few red, white and blue candles on the coffee table or dining room table will help, or a nice bouquet of flowers set on the end table will bring some festive cheer to the gathering.
Memorial Day is about remembering those who gave all. As you celebrate with your family keep in mind what the holiday is all about, and enjoy the pleasure of the family time together!