Presidents’ Day, still officially known as Washington’s Birthday, is observed on the third Monday of February.  His actual birthday is February 22, but the celebration and holiday became part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill in 1968, passed in 1971, which looked  to attach holidays to a weekend, hence providing as many long weekends as possible for U.S. workers. Since Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was also in February (12th) the two celebrations have unofficially been combined over the years and the retail trade has jumped on the bandwagon with a generic “President’s Day ” holiday that effectively honors all Presidents past and present.

So let’s get back to the roots of this holiday and celebrate with a bit of very personal Washington style…

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Mount Vernon Blue Canton China Collectible Pop-Up Note Card, Mount Vernon Gift Shop| 2 George Washington original acrylic on canvas by Vladimir Gorsky Pop Art Images | 3 Mount Vernon Plate Ornament featuring the east front of the Mount Vernon Mansion, Mount Vernon Gift Shop | 4 George Washington Needlepoint Pillow at Jonathan Adler | 5 Hand-sculpted unglazed porcelain George Sculpture accented with gold details at Jonathan Adler | 6 George Washington Melamine Serving Set at Jonathan Adler | 6 George Washington Spiral Notebook

I wanted to leave you with the quote from the pop up card featured here. It is not from the man of the hour, but rather his wife, and I think is makes a great holiday sentiment and one we should all try to live by.

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington

Happy Birthday Mr. President, old and new!

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