Me? Cynical? Maybe Just a Little.
Some time ago, Rich, I and some other friends had a discussion on how all of the major and semi-major American holidays correspond to the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth. I've been thinking about this lately, since I haven't really been in a festive mood and I've come to the conclusion, when looking at the holidays in a certain light, they really do correspond with the Seven Deadly Sins.
New Year's Eve - This holiday corresponds mostly with Envy. Envy is defined as "painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage." On this holiday, one sets out goals for what one wants over the next year. One thinks about those things they see in others or that others have - a better job, a better love, a better body - and promise oneself to gain these things. It is a celebration of envy and covetousness. Minor sins for this holiday are: Lust, Pride and Greed.
Valentine's Day - This holiday corresponds mostly with Lust. Lust is defined as "usually intense or unbridled sexual desire or an intense longing." On this holiday, one gives gifts to the object(s) of their desire or they spend the day wishing to be with an object of their desire. Minor sins for this holiday are: Envy and Greed.
Memorial Day - This holiday, once called Decoration Day, corresponds mostly with Anger. Anger is defined as "a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism." Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. This means those who have died in war, "conflicts" and the like. I can think of no better deadly sin for such a day. Minor sin for this holiday is Pride.
Independence Day - This holiday corresponds unerringly to Pride. Pride is defined as "the quality or state of being proud, inordinate self-esteem and a delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship." On this holiday, America celebrates its pride of independence from the British Empire with grilled burgers and colorful explosions. There is an awful lot of back pounding and chants of U-S-A! Minor sins for this holiday are: Gluttony and Sloth.
Labor Day - This holiday, created to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers, corresponds to Sloth. Sloth is defined as "the disinclination to action or labor also as spiritual apathy and inactivity." It is a day to celebrate the worker by taking the day off to do nothing. I find this holiday kind of ironic, really, when you think about it. Minor sins for this holiday are: Envy, Pride and Greed.
Thanksgiving Day - This holiday, without a doubt, corresponds to the sin of Gluttony. Gluttony is defined as "excess in eating or drinking." This is a feast day to celebrate what one has by eating and drinking oneself into a stupor, then snoozing the afternoon away in front of the football game. Minor sins for this holiday are: Sloth and Greed.
Christmas Day - This favorite holiday of the year is dedicated to the sin of Greed. Greed is defined as "excessive or reprehensible acquisitiveness" and if that doesn't represent Christmas, I don't know what does. It is the day of giving and receiving present and rampant consumerism. Minor sins for this holiday are: Pride, Envy and Gluttony.
Cynical? Yeah. I know. Sometimes I can't help it. But, to balance it out, I will also mention the possible heavenly virtues attached to each of these holidays. The Seven Contrary Virtues are: humility, kindness, abstinence, chastity, patience, liberality, diligence. The Seven Heaven Virtues are: faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance, prudence.
New Year's Eve - Chastity and Hope
Valentine's Day - Humility and Temperance
Memorial Day - Liberality and Fortitude
Independence Day - Patience and Justice
Labor Day - Diligence and Prudence
Thanksgiving Day - Abstinence and Charity
Christmas Day - Kindness and Faith
I will admit that I have had a hard time of things lately on an emotional level. It's been a nasty three punch combination of general holiday blues, ovulation and being single at holiday time. I've been attempting to counter it with good chocolate and semi-decent hentai. It's been working somewhat. Also, thanks to good friends, I'm not alone on the holidays.
I got a package from my Mom. It looks like she put my birthday and Christmas stuff all together in the once package and didn't wrap any of it. While I really like what I got (slippers, an afghan, two scarves and a toy for the cat), I'm a little miffed that it was all sent at once and such. Having a December birthday really sucks at times. Everyone likes to just mush them together. For an attention hound like me, I hate it. Ah, well. I'll survive.
On the good side of things, all of the kittens have been adopted! I tell you, I'm not going to do seven at a time again. No more than four if I can get away with it. Seven was an awful lot to take care of. In any case, it will be a while before I get any more. We are out of kitten season and I only foster kittens. Plus, I'm letting Leigh-Ann move in for a few weeks with her two cats into the kitten room. Her cats will be confined to the one room. I'm not going to torment Esme by letting two adult female cats, both little queens of their domain, invade her territory. She's been so much happier since the kittens have gone.
Tarot Card for the Day: Eight of Cups, Inverted