Happy Firefly Day

It’s kind of scary how quickly families develop traditions.  It really only takes once.

For me, Christmas is Christmas Eve, and Christmas Eve dinner is ham, cheesy potatoes, broccoli casserole, potato chips, five cup salad and the only night of the year you can drink soda.  Oh, baked beans are served, too, but I don’t eat them. So, when I had a family, every year, even though we celebrated on Christmas morning, I served the Christmas Eve dinner I remembered.  Finally Mom told me why that was Christmas Eve dinner–you can throw it all in the oven while bathing kids, dressing kids, sending kids out to look at Christmas tree lights while Santa came and opening presents.  No standing over anything.  What was convenience for my Mom meant Christmas to me.

The year we moved into our house I had a cookies and punch open house.  I’d made some frozen concoction that was sort of orange.  When I added lemon-lime soda to it, it became a punch.  I had some extra taking up room in the freezer.  So, that June, when I first noticed the fireflies, I told the kids it was Firefly Day and I made them drinks to use up the left over punch ingredients and called it Firefly Juice.  They caught some fireflies, we let them go, and that was that.  Or so I thought.  A year later, one of them came running into the house to tell me he (or was it she?) had seen the first firefly.  It was Firefly Day!  So off to the store I went to buy orange sherbet and lemon-lime soda.  We had a family holiday. Do it once and you have a tradition.

The kids are gone now.  Well, Chris is gone.  My other son is getting married and has moved into a house.  My daughter moved to another state.  I was outside, watching the cyclists riding past and there was a firefly.  Then another.

The charity bike ride would make it difficult to get to the store.  I don’t keep soda or sherbet in the house.  But today still is Firefly Day. I wouldn’t be at all surprised that, when they notice a firefly, they make Firefly Juice to celebrate Firefly Day.

I won’t tell them they are really just commemorating using up left overs.  Fireflies deserve the holiday.  Happy Firefly Day!

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