Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It’s Hashtag Wednesday: If you could make up a holiday, what would it be? #MyPersonalHoliday

So you can tell by my feeble effort on St. Patrick's today that it's not my favorite holiday. So I thought about it, what if I could make up a holiday of my own? Just create a day where people are celebrating where/how/when/why I wanted them to celebrate. Not a birthday or an anniversary, just a random day picked out on the calendar for the purposes of celebrating whatever I wanted.

If you haven't joined us on a Hashtag Wednesday, let me explain: On Twitter, people tend to accentuate their chatter by adding a topic or a phrase to the end. You tie the topics together by placing a "#" (called a hashtag) in front of it. For instance, when we tweet about A Different World, we would add #ADW somewhere in the statements. If enough people use the hashtag, it becomes a trending topic. Some of this week's trending topics were #HipHopSyllabus where people suggested classes that Hip-Hop artists should teach – Hammer teaching Fiscal Responsibility, BeyoncĂ© teaching Advanced Acting, Kanye West teaching Etiquette… quite amusing.

So since I'm not feeling St. Patrick's Day… I thought I'd make up my own hashtag. So here we go:

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would be called Bougenificence Day. A celebration of all things bouge.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would be on April 20th or the Friday closest to it because we need a day to bridge between Easter and Mother's Day and I'm all about a three-day weekend.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would have the colors of purple and green. It is MY holiday after all.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would be celebrated by Mardi Gras-style parties, balls and parades. I think we will need a national step-off and Ebony/Fashion Fair type Fashion Show as well. Hosted by Oprah.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would be toasted with White Chocolate Martinis or White Chocolate Mochas, drinker's choice. Grilled Salmon and Filet Mignon with broiled asparagus tips on a mixed-green salad - served everywhere (with 2 for 1 coupons).

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would have cable channels playing Neo-Soul artists and New Jack/90s movie marathons. A 24 hour ban on BET... just because I can.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would need to be a National Holiday. I need banks closed and shops open. The joy of a Macy*s One-Day Bougenificence Sale – can you imagine?

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would be headquartered in Martha's Vineyard or the Hamptons.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would include a traveling exhibit of bougie heroes, headlined by the Obamas.

  • #MyPersonalHoliday would be awesome (doncha think?)

Okay, BougieLand – whatcha got? If you could make up your own personal holiday, what would it be called? Why? When would it be? How would we celebrate? Drinks? Colors? Do share…


ASmith said...

#MyPersonalHoliday would be called Morpheus' Day. Morpheus is the greek god of dreams and sleep. I like sleeping. A lot.
#MyPersonalHoliday would be celebrated the Monday after any 3 day weekend/national holiday, because it would be a day for recuperation and rest
#MyPersonalHoliday probably should use dark colors like black for it's celebration, but I'm going to go with purple and blue, because they're dark-ish and I love purple as we've discussed.
#MyPersonalHoliday would be celebrated by sleep, watching good movies and limited movement.

I'm going to need this day on Monday. Help me Jesus.

bshel said...

Should I write my local Congressman, we need to get this plan put into action Chele. I am all kinds of bougie about this ;)
**and cue Jill Scott "Golden"**

soulsistah02 said...

#MyPersonalHoliday would be call I Love Shoes Day! It would be celebrated on the first day of each season (as to be consistent with seasonal trends).
#MyPersonalHoliday would close all stores except department and shoe stores, and boutique shoe shops.
#MyPersonalHoliday would give away one pair of the essential shoes or boots (must be valued between $100 and $500) that EVERY woman should own (i.e. evening shoe, classic boot, weather boot, flat, sneaker, and classic pump) at the start of each season.
#MyPersonalHoliday would order each shoe designer to increase production of extended sizes (e.g. size 13) and special sizes (e.g. wide width) for those women who want to be fashionable, but can’t because no one makes shoes in their sizes. Big feet women need love, too.
#MyPersonalHoliday would require each woman to sign a “Pedicure Pledge.” It’s horrible to see women with great shoes and busted feet. Ugh!
#MyPersonalHoliday would include on-site stylists to assist the less fashionable with their selections and provide style tips on how to dress the shoe.
#MyPersonalHoliday would include walking coaches, preferably those who have worked closely with models, Ms. Jay from America’s Next Top Model would be in charge of recruitment and placement.
#MyPersonalHoliday spokespersons would be June Ambrose, Stacy London, Tim Gunn and former White House Social Secretary and socialite Desiree Rogers.
#MyPersonalHoliday would include tributes to one iconic shoe designer each quarter. I believe the first person to be honored would be none other than Manolo Blahnik. (With Rene Caovilla, a.k.a. Rene Cavalli, to be honored the next Shoe Day.)

Mr. Skyywalker said...

I would like to take this opportunity to suggest:
#MyPersonalHoliday would be SuperBowlMonday - why pretend we want to work the day after

Violet Rose said...

#MyPersonalHoliday would be The Fortress of Solitude Day, we celebrate by everybody just leaving everybody else the hell alone for one day.

OneChele said...

I can get into this one. National Sleep In, the day kicks off with Laurence Fishburne (keeping the all things Morpheus theme going), dressed in purple pajamas declaring "Now I lay me down to sleep", the day could be sponsored by Nyquil... this one has potential.

derek love said...

#MyPersonalHoliday would be NFL KickOff Day- Yes, I need the whole day to prepare.
Colors could be whatever your team colors are. We need officially opening ceremony in the morning with the Commish getting doused with Gatorade
Official food - Buffalo Wings and Ribs.

OneChele said...

Let's get it! We can make National Bougenificence Day happen!

BB Waite said...

I'm going for National Read a Book/Sip some Wine (or tea) day. The symbol would be a chaise lounge.

BB Waite said...

Start the petition!

MeetCharlieL said...

#MyPersonalHoliday would be Leave a Black Man Alone day. A 24 hour period were no one gets profiled, harassed, sneered at pulled over for DWB or told "you ain't shit"
Color - black, symbol - black pwer fist ;-)

OneChele said...

Let's see if we can get I Love Shoes Day sponsored by Dr Scholl's. The symbol for the day would be Cinderella's glass slipper with the slogan: Never doubt the importance of wearing the right shoes ;-)

AppleBerryMIA said...

Well you have started something... #MyPerosnalHoliday would be National Wine Drinker's Day - Amen. Bacchus as symbol, color - grape of course. Pilgrimage to Napa.

OneChele said...

I would co-sign on both of these holidays. In my world, the NFL Season is a season unto itself. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, NFL Season - LOL.

AppleBerryMIA said...

I'm in.

Liselle said...

Doesn't someone have National Ice Cream Day - I can get behind that.

careycarey2 said...

#MyPersonalHoliday would be called Red Eye Day. A celebration of the half closed red eye.

#MyPersonalHoliday would be on any 2 days of the year (personal choice, we'll need 2 days for this), because it's a day inwhich nobody can ask you "what's wrong with your eyes"

#MyPersonalHoliday would have the colors red & black (of course)

#MyPersonalHoliday would be toasted anything of your choice. That's the beauty of this day. Some people cry and thus have red eyes after sex. Some drink red wine (to much) and thus... have red eyes. Some people smoke thangs they shouldn't smoke and... have red eyes. Some people hop on the red eye flight to meet Mr. or Mrs. Strange Love, in the red light district, I mean, Red Roof Inn. Then they come back on the red eye flight, with that morning after look... yes, sheepish red eyes (after glow). Some people have men or women that like to lay hands on each other. Well, sometimes they leave black & blue, and red eyes. Ouch!

#MyPersonalHoliday's slogan would be "Heaven Must Be Like This"... or something like that :-)

But remember, the beauty of this holiday is that nobody can ask "what's wrong with your eyes". Yep, don't ask, don't tell.

OneChele said...

For some of us, every Friday is National Wine Drinker's Day. :-)

Grace said...

LOL! That would totally work.

Grace said...

How I don't feel like paying these bills day? It's a day where everybody throws all their bills in a hat and one gets picked out - that's the one you don't have to pay for a whole year. I got excited just thinking about it. Let's have Oprah do the drawing so she can say You've got no mortgage! And You've got no car note!
#MyPersonalHoliday No Bills Day. Let's get it!

Dr. Peppa said...

#MyPersonalHolidy would be a tribute to Caffeine and Chocolate. Sponsored by Godiva and Dr. Pepper (or Coke).

Kiki said...


Javalicious said...

I could have a National Starbuck's Day. Imagine the productivity ;-)

tiffanyinhouston said...

Word. I feel you on that, Charlie!


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