Reasons why every home should have its special occasion
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.