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Labor Day

Written by Heather Riggleman

Did you have a great weekend? We did. Between celebrating my mother in law’s birthday, decorating Tori’s room, and watching the Husker game, we feel beat. As does Jen and Leslie. 

Jen had a sick kiddo all weekend and Leslie had a whirlwind of a day at the game. We are SO glad we have an extra day with our families and today we are giving all our writers the day off. And if you missed any articles this week, check out Jen’s Insider Info. 

In the meantime we hope you get to spend today with your family and friends. Did you know that there is a debate about who suggested Labor Day as a holiday? Here’s a couple random facts!  According to Wikipedia:

1. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,[3] after witnessing the annual labor festivalheld in Toronto, Canada.[4]

2.Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white[11] or seersucker.[12][13]

3. To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season’s Black Friday[8].

4. The first labor day was celebrated on Sept 5th in 1882 on a Tuesday.

5. By the end of the decade, Nebraska was one of the first three states to follow suit in observing Labor Day.

About the author

Heather Riggleman

Heather Riggleman co-founded Her View From Home before blazing a new trail of her own to inspire and support moms outside church walls. She is an over caffeinated mom of three kids, (ages 14, 7, 5) & married to her high school sweetheart. She blogs about her mishaps in the kitchen, switching to clean eating, raising children with special needs and talking about real women, real faith and real life.
Heather’s articles have been featured in Today’s Christian Woman, MOPS International, Proverbs 31 and Focus on the Family.
She is represented by Books & Such through Mary Keeley with her first book, Mama Needs A Time-Out! It is available on eChristian, Amazon, and B & N.com. For more about her everyday faith and mothering mania, visit www.heatherriggleman.com.