It seems like only yesterday we were putting away Christmas decorations. Come to think of it, just the other day I found a pair of overlooked Santa and Mrs. Claus oven mitts in the kitchen and in the family room a basket of holiday cards waiting to be sorted—family, friends and who the heck is this? Meanwhile we’ve celebrated New Years (Jan. 1), Groundhog Day (Feb. 2), Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) and are looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17).

            As Groucho Marx said:“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

            Holiday comes from an old English word meaning holy day. Indeed, many holidays celebrate religious or cultural traditions. Others evolved from historic events or they celebrate significant people, for example Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidents Day.  Many official holidays are observed with time off from work. In the United Kingdom the word holiday refers to a day of rest while in the United States it is called a vacation with big sales.

 Most holidays don’t warrant a day off and, in fact, don’t even make the calendar. They may be celebrated by different groups, nationalities or individuals. One can Google all sorts of silly holidays, such as National Lima Bean Respect Day (April 20), National Pop Goes the Weasel Day (June 14), National Sneak Some Zucchini onto you Neighbor’s Porch Day (August 8) and International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19). The only month that doesn’t have a major holiday is August, but Rooney Binners celebrate August because it’s my birth month.

Although it isn’t an official holiday, we survived another Super Bowl Sunday, which is a huge celebratory event. And coming up is The Players Championship week which has all the earmarks of a massive celebration for golf fans throughout the world.

*The Final Word… There’s always something coming up on the Rooney Bin calendar.   The first day of spring is March 20 and before you know it the Easter Bunny will be hiding eggs in the grass. In a blink folks will be putting flags out to celebrate the Fourth of July, and Labor Day is Sept. 5. Egad! To quote Dr. Seuss: “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”