420 is Our Christmas
In my family, Christmas was celebrated in grand fashion. With seven siblings, their spouses, and all their kids, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, and several close friends, our holidays were a major production – including buffets of food, unlimited booze or beer, and hundreds of gifts. Everyone was happy, most of them were drunk, and by the end of the night there’d be bodies passed out all around the house. Christmas morning often came with hangover remedies.
The festive parties slowed down as my family aged, then came to complete halt when our matriarch passed in 2014. For me, Christmas just doesn’t have the cheer it once had. I don’t feel festive, and I certainly don’t feel like there’s much to celebrate.
Why the unofficial ‘stoner holiday’ means as much to me as any other holiday we celebrate.
Over the last several years, April 20th has brought more joy to my life than any other day of the year.
In Our House
Yes, We Celebrate Cannabis
I am no sure why people question the need and/or desire to celebrate cannabis. There are multiple angles, I can think of, that make it perfectly logical.
How many times in your life have you been asked this question?
Have you accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as your Savior?
Typically, the person asking this question is about to tell you their life-altering story of how finding religion has absolutely saved their life. Maybe it saved them addiction… maybe it saved them from a life of debauchery… maybe finding God simply gives them something bigger to live for – but either way, they want to share it with you.
I know hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have found life-altering miracles in the infamous herb, so why wouldn’t someone want to tell you about it? It helped them and they want you to know about it.
Health & Wellness
You know someone who has drastically changed their lifestyle. Maybe they had a gastric bypass or found a fitness solution that helped them lose weight. How many people have told you about intermittent fasting recently? Even in line with this topic, I’m sure someone has suggested CBD for whatever ails you, because they have experienced some level of success with it. Ok, so maybe they don’t set a holiday around it, but people do celebrate their own successes.
If you’ve ever celebrated St. Paddy’s Day, chances are good you publicly celebrated your freedom to drink green beer. I’m relatively certain most new 21-year-olds celebrate their legal drinking age in similar fashion – at a bar. Hell, I don’t remember a single, family holiday that didn’t revolve around alcohol.
Still don’t think alcohol is celebrated? Check out this list. At least cannabis only claims a couple of days a year. (Don’t forget about 7/10!)
Jan. 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day
Jan. 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day
Jan. 25: Irish Coffee Day
Feb. 22: Margarita Day
Feb. 27: Kahlua Day
March 3: Mulled Wine Day
March 5: Absinthe Day
April 7: Beer Day
April 19: Amaretto Day
May 2: Homebrew Day
May 9: Moscato Day
May 25: Wine Day
May 30: Mint Julep Day
June 4: Cognac Day
June 13: Rose Day
June 14: Bourbon Day
June 19: Martini Day
July 2: Anisette Day
July 10: Pina Colada Day
July 11: Mojito Day
Different Strokes for Different Folks
In each of the aforementioned situations, someone has experienced a life-changing event that has either changed their lives or allows them to celebrate their freedoms and have a little fun. Cannabis does all that and more for my husband and me.
We Celebrate our Successes
A little more than five years ago, my husband and I weren’t even sure we still had a marriage. Chronic depression and anxiety, combined with grief, addiction, and a mid-life crisis aren’t typically good influences on any marriage. This unfortunately just starts to scratch the surface of what our marriage endured up to that point. Cannabis not only provided us with a pathway, it gave us the tools we needed to survive.
We Don’t Drink, We Smoke
While we’ll definitely have a margarita when the mood strikes, we gave up drinking when we moved to Colorado and took a greener journey. We don’t wake up with a headache, or the brown bottle flu, anymore. So, while most people are lining up the Uber because they drank too much to make it home, we’re choosing to do things a little differently.
4/20 is When Everyone Visits
Look, when you live in the Rocky Mountains, in a cannabis legal state, there’s no shortage of friends. And starting several days before 4/20 – our house starts filling up with friends. Although we shut out everyone last year due to the pandemic, this year we hosted 22 people from 5 states over the course of 4 days.
We may not have had a Christmas tree, but I can guarantee you, we had just as much festive spirit. We made giant, infused meals. We make cannabis-infused margaritas and we played every Cheech and Chong movie we own – along with a few other ‘stoner classics.’ We listened to Stick Figure, Cypress Hill and other cannabis-inspired tunes.
But most of all… we laughed, we enjoyed each other’s company, and we displayed our gratitude for our freedom to celebrate however we saw fit.
Yes, in our house – we celebrate cannabis.
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