Christmas. Thanksgiving. Valentine's Day. Arbor Day. Flag Day. Boxing Day. Bastille Day. Yom Kippur. 50th Anniversary. Talk Like a Pirate Day. Halloween. Chanukah. Kwanza. 5th Birthday. Chinese New Year. Veteran's Day. Picture Book Idea Month!
Okay, some of those are just celebrations and not really holidays, but you get the picture. As human beings we like to celebrate. We like to observe. We like to commemorate. We like to have a predictable structure to our year. And the list of what we celebrate/observe/commemorate is ENDLESS. Seriously! If you add the religious celebrations to the state/federal/national holidays to the personal milestones to the made up declarations of "national whatever whatever day" you get a nearly infinite number of ways we come together with our friends/families/neighbors/religious communities/fellow citizens/internet acquaintances!
And it is my humble opinion that each and every one of these days can inspire a truck-load of ideas. Personally, I have a hysterical Thanksgiving story that I want to turn into a picture book someday. I can think of at least five Christmas memories that could easily be molded into a story. I'm a little lean on Arbor Day anecdotes, but I'm sure I could come up with something if I put my mind to it. So close your eyes, point somewhere on a calendar, figure out which holiday it is, and get to writing! : )