Presidents Day has one of the strangest stories of all US holidays. It started simply as a celebration of George Washington's birthday every February 22, before it officially became a federal holiday in 1885. It wasn't until 1971 that we started celebrating it on the third Monday of February. This developed thanks to the Uniform Monday Holidays Act, which stipulated that the current federal holidays should be postponed to Monday so that everyone can have a three-day weekend (thanks, Congress!). And contrary to popular belief, the move had nothing to do with combining Washington's birthday with Lincoln's on February 1
It gets even more interesting when you learn that Presidents Day isn't even the official name for that vacation; According to the U.S. federal government, the holiday is still technically referred to as Washington's birthday. It is the individual states that have called the holiday "Presidents' Day". And since states can decide whether to recognize it at all or not, what is actually celebrated depends on where you are. In Alabama, for example, they recognize George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on Presidents Day; In Illinois, the home state of Honest Abe, Lincoln gets its own day on February 12th. And in states like North Carolina, there is no official holiday on the books.
But whether you call it Presidents Day, President & # 39; s Day, Presidents & # 39; Day, Washington's birthday, or something else entirely, there is still every reason to celebrate the men – and women – who have shaped our nation over the centuries. If you prefer not to buy chocolates and teddy bears for Valentine's Day this year, here are some gift ideas for those interested in history, which we guarantee will never veto.
. 1 Presidential slogan coffee mug; $ 16
Before one of the presidents reached the White House, they had to fight. From television advertising to posters, fundraisers to volunteering, they had to receive support and votes to be elected to office. Relive your days in front of the President with this campaign slogan mug. With 29 classic campaign slogans by winners like Calvin Coolidge ("Keep Cool-idge") and Harry Truman ("Give them hell, Harry!") To runners-up like William Jennings Bryan ("No Cross of Gold") and Adlai Stevenson ("All the way with Adlai"), this mug may not bring you the presidency … but after drinking from it, you will feel like you can.
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2. Teddy Roosevelt Pins; $ 16
Theodore Roosevelt, known for his conservation efforts, work on the Panama Canal and namesake of the teddy bear, was one of the most influential presidents of our country. These pins give your step a little swag on Presidents Day, no matter which day of the year.
3. Abraham Lincoln Prayer Candle; $ 14
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, is the patron saint of reunions and railroad splitters (as well as the man who led the United States through the civil war and abolished slavery). If you ever need a little more energy, light this candle and say the special worldly prayer on the back. It may not make you a wrestling champion, but it will help you repair fences and settle points.
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4. President socks; $ 10
Keep your feet cozy with these festive socks featuring George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and JFK. Although you may notice that one of these characters was not a president (you see, Franklin), he was so successful that he received the honorary award anyway. After all, not everyone can have their face on the $ 100 bill.
5. woman. Kennedy and I from Clint Hill; $ 8
Even though it's Presidents Day, we can't forget the First Ladies who shaped the nation. If you're interested in Jackie O, Clint Hill's memoir about working as an intelligence agent during the JFK presidency is a must. He and Jackie became extremely close friends during his four years of service, and these memoirs shed light on what life in the White House was like for Jackie – and the legacy that she preserved years later. This is a heartwarming, moving and insightful read in one of the best known first families in the country.
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6. What are we for ?: The words and ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt ; $ 13
If you're more of a fan of Eleanor Roosevelt, let this book inspire you with its most famous and popular sayings. This collection covers a wide range of topics – from feminism to war and peace to freedom and democracy – and is the perfect resource if you have to ask, "What would Eleanor do?"
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7. Washington crosses the Delaware throw pillow; $ 29
This festive pillow, decorated with Emanuel Leutze & # 39; s famous Washington Crossing the Delaware painting, is just the decorative touch your living room needs to ring Washington's birthday. This pillow made of soft and durable polyester is available in different sizes and retains the typical colors and subtle details of the original painting.
8. Presidential Portrait Tie; $ 30
Take your Presidents Day fashion to the next level with this Presidential Portrait tie. This tie is made of 100 percent silk and shows portraits of all presidents. It is the perfect statement for your next presidential celebration or if you feel it is “a time for greatness”.
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9. The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia ; $ 13
So you think you know your presidents … but really? Test your knowledge with this official Smithsonian Trivia book. This book is divided into 11 chapters and gives you everything you ever wanted to know (and may not want to know) about the Presidents, their families, and their terms. Filled with photos from Smithsonian's official collection, it's a beautiful book that is guaranteed to make you feel like an oval office expert.
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