In reality...every day is a holiday! Don't we all love the holidays?! There is just something special...almost a sense of magic in the air!
As I was perusing Pinterest today, all the “Holiday” boards & pins jumped out at me. The word “Holiday” caught my attention.
My first thought was…”I wonder if at one time that meant Holy Day?” Well, I was right! When I looked up its origin, I found:
[The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig "holy" + dæg "day").]
Now we usually think of a holiday as a day of celebration or a day set aside for a special purpose or reason…and well it should be! Every day is a holiday, because every day is a holy day…a day created by the Almighty…a day like no other…a day which should be celebrated!
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
It seems that as soon as November 1 appears on our calendar, the word “holiday” begins appearing everywhere! We see it commercials and advertisements, we hear the wishes begin at the checkout counters - "Happy Holidays!"
During this season though, let the word "holiday" remind us that everyday is a holiday…a holy day… a day to celebrate & rejoice in Jesus!
Object lessons can come from anything...even a word! Use the word "holiday" to teach children, youth or adults a memorable Bible lesson that hopefully will stick in their memory even longer than the holiday season!
Key point: Every day is special & should be appreciated and celebrated because God made it!
Key Bible Verse: Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Object Lesson: Mix up the letters (dyhlaoi) and have students unscramble the word “holiday”. Once unscrambled, have them tell what they think the word means; give their own definitions.
Discuss the origin of the word and how every day should be a Holy day or “Holiday”. Share Psalm 118:24 and have students think of all the things God created including our days.
Finally have students draw a picture of their favorite holiday and write Psalm 118:24 on it. Challenge them to remember this lesson every time they see or hear the word “holiday” during this holiday season and also memorize the Bible verse!