Beyond the outward cause of celebration for each holiday lies a tendency toward one or more of the 'deadly sins'.
The 7 Deadly Sins is a classification of vices that has been used since early Christian times.
In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
Each major holiday is listed below with the corresponding 'deadly sin' which is most associated with it:
Christmas - Greed
New Year - Empty and broken promises.
Valentine's Day - Lust
Mardi Gras - Apathy (should be heading into a lenten disposition, but instead indulge in revelry beforehand.)
St. Patrick's Day - Drunkeness (most associated today with Green Beer & getting drunk as an Irishman.)
Easter - Envy/Covetousness/Vanity; (#Eggs, Hats, Dresses, etc.)
Memorial Day - Boasting/Vainglory; Despair/Sorrow
Independence Day - Pride (any National/Patriotic Holidays - Cinco de Mayo, etc.) - Pride - Believing that one is better than others...another country, etc.; "love of self often leading to hatred and contempt for one's neighbor."
Labor Day - Sloth; 'Deserve' a break from work
Halloween - Wrath; Mischief; Violence; Witchcraft
Thanksgiving - Gluttony
Presidents Day - Idolizing Men
MLK Day - The Works of Man
Mother's Day - Mother Worship
Sadie Hawkins - Feminism
Groundhog Day - Goddess Worship
Oktoberfest - Drunkenness
April Fools Day - Lies; Trickery
In the Book of Proverbs 6:16-19, among the verses traditionally associated with King Solomon, it states that the Lord specifically regards "six things the Lord hateth, and seven that are an abomination unto Him", namely:
- A proud look
- A lying tongue
- Hands that shed innocent blood
- A heart that devises wicked plots
- Feet that are swift to run into mischief
- A deceitful witness that uttereth lies
- Him that soweth discord among brethren
Another list, given by the Epistle to the Galatians (Galatians 5:19-21), includes more of the traditional seven sins, although the list is substantially longer:
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these...
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like".
Paul goes on to say that the persons who practice these sins "shall not inherit the Kingdom of God".
Most holidays have an overtly Pagan history that was thinly veiled with Christian themes by the Catholic church.
Now this thin veil is all but gone as the holidays have become once again just a reason for rowdiness, revelry, drunkenness and gluttony.