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IN THE SHADOW OF WINTER A Short Month With a Lot of Holidays
February is one of those months filled with holidays. From Groundhog Day to Presidents Day, there is something to celebrate just about every week, even more so if you are in grade school! Of course, I think a lot of us are guilty of tuning in to the Groundhog Day broadcast, live from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to find out the fate of the next several weeks. Will spring arrive early? Or will we be stuck with six more weeks of winter? Or do we put too much stock into the shadow of a rodent? No matter the outcome, there will always be more winter around the corner, and I can’t say that disappoints me. February is my favorite winter month. The days are slowly but surely getting longer. The Then there’s the holiday that defines the month of February for many people — Valentine’s Day. It’s a day to show people that we care about them and to show them how much we love and appreciate them. And the holiday isn’t just reserved for our significant others, but for everyone who makes an impact in our lives, from family to friends to colleagues — and patients! In fact, be on the lookout for a special Valentine’s Day coupon! Though Valentine’s Day may serve as a reminder to show appreciation to the people who are important to us, we shouldn’t let the holiday serve as an excuse. It’s just as important to show appreciation to the people we care most about throughout the year. After all, they don’t stop being important to us in March or in August, so why start, or stop, with February? While most people associate the month with love, February is also a very patriotic month. Just a few days after Valentine’s Day, we have Presidents Day. It’s a day that marks both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, with Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22 and Lincoln’s on Feb. 12. temperature is steadily climbing. And yet, we still have plenty of beautiful winter days to look forward to. These are the days when the sun shines vibrantly over a crisp sheet of snow — days defined by the beauty of nature.
“These are the days when the sun shines vibrantly over a crisp sheet of snow — days defined by the beauty of nature.”
Interesting fact, when Washington was born, the people of the time used a different calendar (the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar, which we use today), and on that calendar, his birthday was Feb. 11.
It almost seems like we’re shortchanging two of our greatest presidents. When I was in grade school we recognized both birthdays separately. These days, they’re lumped together. Though, that doesn’t take away from the importance of the day. It’s a day to look back on the tradition of great presidents and to remember what they did for our country. It’s also a reminder that we’re the greatest nation of opportunity in the world. As you celebrate your favorite February holidays — or skip right past them — you can rest assured that no matter what the groundhog sees on February 2, spring is right around the corner. It’s important to look ahead with optimism, because before you know it, we’ll be right back in the middle of summer! –Dr. Anthony Butchert
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