National Cousins Day on July 24th recognizes the lifelong relationships that grow among cousins. Our first friendships often form with cousins as young as infants and endure a lifetime.
Whether cousins grow up together in close-knit families or only see each other occasionally, they share shared memories through grandparents, aunts, and uncles. At family gatherings, cousins entertain each other and get into trouble together, too. They celebrate birthdays and might even blow out the other’s candles to their cousin’s annoyance. When their siblings irritate them, cousins become an ally. Sometimes cousins seem more like siblings, especially if they’re only children.
As cousins grow up, watching their children grow reminds them of their youth. The cycle starts over.
The day celebrates every age of cousins – new baby cousins and cousins whose babies are all grown up!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Gather up your cousins and take a photo. Send a text to your cousins who are too far away. If you need to hear their voices, give them a call. Reminisce over the good times. Be sure to laugh about those things that didn’t seem so funny at the time. Post photos on social media using #NationalCousinsDay.
Aunt and Uncle’s Day is observed annually on July 26th. Through holidays, special family events and sometimes sleepovers, aunts, and uncles often hold a special place in our hearts. They fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and incredible memories.
National Aunt and Uncle’s Day provides an opportunity to spend time with those relatives we trusted and leaned on growing up. It would be an excellent time to get out the old photo albums. Look through the pictures, and relive the memories of earlier days around the Christmas tree or at the 4th of July picnic or maybe at the beach vacation that included those special aunts and uncles in your life. Get together with your relatives and create new memories. Remind them of all the reasons you enjoy having them in your life. Celebrate the lessons they’ve taught you and share them with the next generation.
HOW TO OBSERVE
On National Aunt and Uncle’s Day contact your aunts and uncles. Remember all the value they’ve added to your life and tell them about it. Share a meal, write them a note, help them the way they once supported you. Take photos with them and post them on social media using #AuntAndUnclesDay
Everything above this line is from the National Day Calendar website,
1. What can you tell us about your cousins, please, or someone who is close like a cousin?
Growing up, my cousins were more like brothers and sisters to me than cousin. As we've reached adulthood and have our own families, we are still close and our children are very close to each other acting more like siblings :)
2. Do you still see your cousins and will you contact them on National Cousins Day?
I see my closest cousins every Sunday at Church. We are having a big family reunion on Saturday, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of my distant cousins then.
3. Terri had a favorite aunt and uncle she will tell us about. How about you?
I don't think I have a favorite aunt or uncle but there are some that I see more often than others.
4. Did/does your family have reunions and can you tell us about them?
As I mentioned above, we are having a reunion on my Mom's side of the family Saturday. My family is full of people with a sweet tooth, so I can't wait for some of the desserts that await us!
5. If you have children, are they enjoying relationships with their cousins, aunts, uncles?
Yes, they are. My girls are very close to my brother, his wife and their son. We have a weekly family dinner to get together. I've mentioned my cousin Steph and her littles, Dex and Damon. They are technically my cousins but I think of them more as my nephews and the girls love them to death! Sometimes they even fight like brothers/sisters do :)
6. Tell us something random about your week so far.
I mentioned on my Monday post that my Uncle John is far away from home (PA) in California fighting for his life. He and my aunt were on vacation out west and he collapsed. The doctors still have no idea what is going on and he's now basically in a coma. Please pray that the doctors can figure out what is wrong and that he can recover from whatever is going on!