Well let me fill you in on what I found out. During the Victorian Era Labor Day was called "Labor's Holiday", which makes sense because we're taking a day off from labor, right? But the term Labor Day just sounds like a day that was made for labor. We may be off from work but still working around the house or in the yard.
Labor's Holiday grew out of organized parades of working men and women during the 1880's to protest the intolerable working conditions and the great wrong of child labor in sweatshops. In 1894, Labor Day became an official American holiday, and from that time until WWI, it was celebrated with lavish community picnics, grand parades and oratory. Everyone took the day off from work and enjoyed the fruits of their labor: recreation.
Okay, this is where my so called "holiday decorating" will come in. Since I can't decorate my house for Labor Day I'm going to have some fun using some of my antique tradecards (and a couple of postcards) to decorate this post instead. So here we go!
On Labor's Holiday...
the little red school house will be closed, the school yard and the desks will be void of children.
The shops on Main Street will be closed for the day. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a little window shopping.
The dress maker won't be sewing, the cobbler won't be making shoes, corset making will come to a halt and the mending will have to wait another day.
Why even the Heinz Company will be closed. And the farmer's oxen will be resting in the barnyard for the day.
So now for the recreation part...
It will be perfect day for relaxing at the seashore, or watching the sailboats sail by or just hanging out in a tree.
Fishing would be fun, but who will clean them and fry them? The kitchen might even be closed for the day.
The Zoo! Now that would be fun! Oh no, it's Labor Day, the Zoo Keeper probably has the day off too!
Maybe we could just drive by and catch a glimpse of some birds in the bird cage. Or maybe even the lion in his cage.
But if you choose to stay at home, you could sing or play the parlor organ.
Or maybe you could catch up on some letter writing...
And if it gets stuffy inside, you could go out on the front porch and have a cup of tea...
and enjoy a good book in the presence of a good friend...
Have a great holiday weekend!