Rea­sons why ev­ery home should have its spe­cial oc­ca­sion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Robin Pa­tri­cia Sil­ver

IN just over a week, it will be Re­mem­brance Sun­day. which gives us an an­nual op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber all those killed in ac­tion and re­joice in the ter­mi­na­tion of hos­til­i­ties.

Re­mem­brance Day gives us the oc­ca­sion to re­mem­ber all the ca­su­al­ties and wounded in ev­ery con­flict.

We com­mem­o­rate the an­niver­sary with pa­rades, ser­vices, plac­ing wreaths on ceno­taphs around the coun­try and wear­ing red pop­pies which sym­bol­ise the flow­ers grow­ing in the Flan­ders bat­tle­fields and the blood­shed there dur­ing The First World War.

Such an an­nual oc­ca­sion is an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in our so­ci­ety’s cal­en­dar as it pro­vides the chance to re­flect on his­tory and re­mem­ber that losses are still be­ing in­flicted to­day.

This event also sets aside a spe­cial time to re­joice and share mem­o­ries both col­lec­tively as a com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­u­ally.

We sim­ply adore our an­niver­saries.

Whether it’s for a birth­day with cake and can­dles, a party and presents (if you’re lucky) or a wed­ding an­niver­sary (that we dare not for­get), we like to share the day with fam­ily and friends.

There are plenty of other an­niver­saries too: 25 years ser­vice in the same job, school class and univer­sity re­unions or an­nual sum­mer hol­i­day “meet ups.”

Just think that in the past cou­ple of weeks, there has been Trafal­gar Day on the 21st Oc­to­ber hotly fol­lowed by Hal­loween at the end of the month, with all its Amer­i­can style trap­pings, and Bon­fire Night on the Novem­ber 5th whose pre­cur­sor, Mis­chief Night, does, how­ever, seem to have some­what taken a back seat of late.

Then there was the an­nual rit­ual of turn­ing the clocks back and gain­ing an hour on a leisurely Sun­day morn­ing.

It has, how­ever, been pointed out that the hour gained was then im­me­di­ately lost in ad­just­ing some of the more com­pli­cated dig­i­tal clocks built into elec­tronic gad­gets.

Even Shred­dies, the break­fast ce­real, has cot­toned on to the an­niver­sary game and is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary right now.

Sur­pris­ingly, the one an­niver­sary that we rarely cel­e­brate is mov­ing into our home, whether it’s one that we have pur­chased or one that is rented.

Gen­er­ally, we can’t re­mem­ber the date and quite com­monly we can’t even re­mem­ber the year.

There have been too many ar­gu­ments about when the move took place.

Some will re­call it was in the sum­mer (be­cause it was a hot day) or oth­ers swear that it was in the win­ter be­cause it was cold and wet, per­haps just be­fore the first Christ­mas spent in their new home.

Quite of­ten they are all wrong. Bear­ing in mind the prepa­ra­tion, pack­ing, stress and ex­haus­tion of mov­ing house and the sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment that most home pur­chases rep­re­sent, it is quite as­ton­ish­ing that this an­niver­sary passes by un­no­ticed.

There are, of course, other types of an­nual events that aren’t an­niver­saries but reg­u­larly re­cur and af­fect our life at home.

Coun­cil Tax de­mands are sent out ev­ery April, insurance re­newals and tele­vi­sion li­cence re­minders turn up with­out fail at the same time ev­ery year.

Mo­tor ve­hi­cles over three years old must have an MOT cer­tifi­cate and it is up to us du­ti­fully to ar­range the nec­es­sary in­spec­tion and hope that the car passes the test.

With all th­ese flood­ing in, it is quite as­ton­ish­ing that the an­niver­sary of mov­ing into our home can be com­pletely for­got­ten just be­cause we don’t re­ceive a re­minder.

We prob­a­bly owe it to our home to host a proper an­niver­sary celebration and treat it to a spe­cial an­niver­sary gift.

This may even prove to be a sound in­vest­ment but will cer­tainly give us the op­por­tu­nity to have some fun, which in turn will give us the op­por­tu­nity to rec­ol­lect fond mem­o­ries.

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