Today is Family Day in Ontario. Well, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan to be more specific. British Columbia had Family Day last week. Price Edward Island has Islander Day today and Manitoba has Louis Riel Day. People in other provinces are simply at work scowling at their computers. It’s not the most organized of holidays across the country.
I’m sure there’s a reason that Canada can’t just have a federal Family Day holiday across the country on one specific day and I’m also sure that reason is stupid.
Regardless, for several provinces it is Family Day, which means a day off to spend with family however you see fit. If you’re part of my family who sees and talks to each other all the time, family day might just mean a day where you ignore your family. The one day a year when you remove yourself from all of them to eat Fritos and drink Diet Coke under a tent made out of blankets in your living room.
And binge watch television.
If you’re not into that sort of thing because the last time you binge watched television you woke up 3 weeks later in a rehab clinic with withdrawal shakes next to a guy wearing just the upper half of a Star Trek costume, then I have some other options for you.
Family Day Activities
Baking cookies together
Baking a pig’s head together
Make up a family theme song using only swear words and sing it with a Scottish accent to your neighbours. While holding a pickle
Go see a movie
Give each other vague compliments and then make fun of whoever says thank you
Have a big family dinner with all your extended family that lives close enough
Make loving cards for each other
Tell each of your children when they turn 13 they’re going to have to start getting home perms
Order a pizza and have movie day at home
Make a big bowl of popcorn with a whole pound of melted butter and go through old family photo albums
Declare yourselves pirates
Make good old fashioned macaroni necklaces
Spend the day reading
Go to a restaurant and pretend it’s someone’s birthday. Free cake.
Make a big pot of chili and bring it to someone who doesn’t have family.
Have a good day to all those who are off. Same to the rest of you I guess. Give it a shot anyway.