November 29th is Louie Day

Today, here in the United States, there is nothing happy about yesterday which absolutely ruins the day before that in which we all sit down with people we rarely see, and are somehow related to, and eat dead birds.

So I have decided to embark on the creation of a new holiday... Not something to be scoffed, mind you... But something to be used in place of any other word for this time of year in the United States or anywhere else in the world.

Clive Staples Lewis
Louie Day, today in 2014, falls on November 29th which is the birthday to one of my favorite authors: C.S. Lewis.

He wrote several wonderful books including a revisit of Pilgrims Progress called: The Pilgrim's Regress as well as a seven novel fantasy series called: The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as his critically acclaimed science fiction space trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength.

Aside from fiction, he also wrote almost fifty books, collections of letters and poetry collections that are widely regarded as some of the best Evangelical apologetic writers, with his cornerstone books: Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, Surprised by Joy and Till We Have Faces as well as many others.

Not only is it his birthday, but also Louisa May Alcott's as well. She wrote her most famous books: Little Women Trilogy (in four parts) Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys as well as her fifteen other novels that she published under her own name or as her pen-name A. M. Barnard or even one that she published anonymously called A Modern Mephistopheles.
Louisa May Alcott

She also published a Children's collection of short stories in eleven books entitled: Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag and is the author of over fifteen more manuscripts, collections and short stories.

With these two very prolific authors at our helm, it is our hope to do several things to push back the anxiety and angst of the BLACK FRIDAY PLAGUE that has covered the United States. Both Louisa Alcott and C.S. Lewis were devout believers of family and the love that they have to give and how that, with a great family and a great faith, nothing can stand in your way. Alright I made all that up, but I've read Little Women and Perelandra and I can surmise from both books that the authors weren't Douche-bags.

Louie Day is about returning to your family and letting hope rule your life instead of negative materialism. Too often in this culture have we given ourselves over to the pattern of:
Get ready for the guests, stuff turkey in our mouths, watch something worthless on the idiotbox, get our coats on and go watch a movie, go shopping, help mom and aunt idiot get their winter coats on so they can sit in the snow and wait for the doors to open at midnight.

Woah. This doesn't seem like the turkey day I remember when I was a kid. Something has changed and Louie Day is here to help solve that. Louie Day is NOT about stopping the idiocy on Black Friday. If the police can't do it, I'm not going to try. Louie Day is about corralling in your instincts to use the DAY AFTER BLACK FRIDAY as a day to go out and be idiots.

Louie Day is special for me personally, and maybe, deeply, this is why I have spent so much time on this project. Louie Day falls (respectively) on both my mothers birthday (two days ago) as well as my wife's (tomorrow). But that's ok. Somebody had to take the reigns on this thing and I'm kinda glad that it's me.

So, basically, celebrate your family on Louie Day. And if you don't like these two authors, celebrate another fine Louie! Leave your Louis or Louie or Lewie in the comments below with what birthday they were born! Let's celebrate ALL THE LOUIES!

Happy Louie Day Louis

November 23rd
1934 - Lewis Alan Hoad, Sydney Australia, tennis star
1407 – Louis I, Duke of Orléans -died
1995 – Louis Malle, French-American director, producer, and screenwriter -died

November 24th
1867 – Louis de Champsavin, French horse rider
1949 - Anita Louis, US singer
1927 - Emma Lou Diemer, composer
1745 - Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire
1967 – Louis Fratto, American gangster -died
2013 – Lou Hyndman, Canadian lawyer and politician -died

November 25th
1868 – Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse
1883 - Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic and author
1913 - Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist
1921 - Louis Lachenal, French mountaineer -died
1924 - Lou Brissie, American baseball player -died

November 26th
An exception to the rule of Louie. Nobody famous either was born or died on November 26th.

November 27th
1941 – Louis van Dijk, Dutch pianist
2013 – Lewis Collins, English-American actor -died

November 28th
1912 – Morris Louis, American painter
1698 – Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Soldier and politician, 3rd Governor General of New France -died

November 29th
1229 - Louis the Stern, ruler of upper Baveria
1832 - Louisa May Alcott, American author
1833 - Louis Douglass Watkins, Brigadier General
1898 - C. S. Lewis, Irish-English author

November 30th
1637 – Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French historian and author
1813 – Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet
1976 – Josh Lewsey, English rugby player