According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word ‘holiday’ (noun) derives from the Old English (circa 1500s) ‘haligdoeg’ meaning ‘holy day; consecrated day; religious anniversary; Sabbath’. ‘Halig’ means ‘holy’ and ‘doeg’ means day. It is a day of exemption from labour, later becoming ‘holiday’ or rather, ‘holidays’ (plural) from the mid nineteenth century. As we know, the notion of the Sabbath comes from the creation stories in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and finds it’s outworking for humanity in the Ten Commandments, given to Moses: Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (Exodus 20.8).
At this time of year we are probably looking forward to a long planned holiday, or perhaps a day out here and there, or maybe just allowing ourselves a little more rest time in which, here in these beautiful mid Nidderdale villages, we can enjoy this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – not forgetting that for many people, where we are fortunate enough to live is their holiday destination. How blessed we are!
Taking rest from our labours is Biblical: God wants us to do it! So I urge you to seek rest and refreshment, even if you can’t get away, perhaps just spend time in the countryside; visit one of our local cafes or pubs – we have several on our doorstep; read that book you haven’t got round to yet; sit on that bench you drive past and think is well positioned to take in a different view; take time just to stop and look around you: spend valuable time doing absolutely nothing at all. You are doing what God asked you to do when you take your holiday, enjoy it, you deserve it.
Whatever you do and wherever you go, may God go with you. Happy Haligdoeg!
With every blessing, Chrissy
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. (Exodus 20.8)