Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: If You Could Create a Holiday, What Would It Be?

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If I could create a holiday, I’d tell everyone to go take a hike. No, literally! We could call it National Nature Day or something.

One of the reasons why I struggle to enjoy many mainstream holidays is how consumeristic they tend to be. There have been times in my life when money was in very short supply and it was hard to come up with gifts for others that they would enjoy and that I could actually afford to give. Even when I can afford to buy gifts, I prefer to do so spontaneously and with items or experiences I know the recipient will genuinely enjoy.

Photo of a country road through a gorgeous autumn landscape filled with orange leaves on the trees and even more leaves coating the land below them. The sun is shining warmly on everything and making it look like the beginning of fairy country. It would be lovely to have a holiday that was purposefully designed to encourage spending time in nature with whoever you want to socialize with that day.

I don’t know about all of you, but I need more of both of those things.

Just go outside and enjoy nature in whatever way you can depending on your interests, current level of fitness, and how warm, cold, wet, or dry the weather report might be for the day.

It could involve hiking, nature walks, playing group or individual sports, rock climbing, birdwatching, photography, cycling, having a picnic, swimming, running through the leaves, playing catch with a dog, or similar activities.

Whatever outdoorsy stuff you’re into would count, and no one would be expected to do things outside of their comfort zone.

It sure sounds like a good way to spend a day to me.



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10 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: If You Could Create a Holiday, What Would It Be?

  1. Ah, Lydia, a nature day sounds fantastic. I learned to do visualization in therapy and I always use the woods behind our flat as my go-to peaceful place. It’s beautiful at this time of the year. All the little footpaths are littered with colourful leaves in red, yellow, gold and brown – and that crunch when you walk over them is so pleasant, to say nothing of the smells. And I am so with you on the idea that everything is so consumer based. Everything -not just Christmas – is becoming more and more commercialised. I mean, this year some of the shops in the UK were selling chocolate Easter eggs in January. It’s so odd.

    • The same thing is happening in Canada. I wish holiday sales could be confined to the month in which (or at least several weeks before) that day actually happened. So Christmas stuff shows up on December 1, Halloween stuff on October 1, ect.

      That woods sound so peaceful, by the way.

  2. I like the idea, but I don’t like having to share ‘my’ trails with everyone else. XD

  3. National Take A Hike Day sounds like a winner to me! I’m in. (I’m actually going to go do that next weekend…)

    • Awesome!

      I wasn’t able to get my comment to go through on your blog, but I wanted to tell you that I love your idea. I just might do it this February. Maybe I’ll even blog about it. 😀

  4. I like it. I’d want it to be a flexible, occasional day, though, like what I called Perfect Weather Day.

  5. I think it would work, maybe get people in shape.

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