Okay, you got me. Alamo Day isn’t exactly a holiday, but it’s still a pretty well-honored day in my household.
On the dawn of March 6, 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was fought in San Antonio, Texas. It was fought between the Mexican army (led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) and 200 men defending a fortified mission, among them William B. Travis (a lawyer and soldier), Jim Bowie (a pioneer, smuggler and land surveyor who popularized the Bowie knife), and the famous Davy Crockett (a frontiersman and former Congressman from Tennessee).
All of the men defending the Alamo died in battle. When news spread of their decision to continue defending San Antonio despite being hopelessly outnumbered, the Battle of the Alamo became a rallying cry for other Texans and Americans to join the ranks against Santa Anna. Six weeks after the siege at the Alamo, General Sam Houston led the Texan army to victory against the Mexican army and capturing Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. “Remember the Alamo!”
How do I know about this battle? My husband. He’s a huge Alamo aficionado. Ever since he was a kid, he’s been completely obsessed with anything and everything about the Alamo and the battle fought there. He owns nearly every book on the subject, several movies, vintage collectibles, even Alamo ties and coffee mugs. He could confidently go head to head with any historian on the subject: the history leading up to the battle, the lay of the land, positions of various regiments and individuals during the course of the siege, the number and size of the cannons, which walls fell first, who escaped… all of it. It’s also possible that one of the men who died at the battle—Cavalry Captain John Hubbard Forsyth—was a distant relative of his, though we never quite got the ancestry records to make a definitive connection.
Due to this lifelong passion for this battle, my husband gets Alamo-related stuff every birthday and Christmas. It’s getting to the point where it’s difficult to get him something he doesn’t already have, and he has a birthday coming up in a couple months.
So honey, if you’re reading this (I know he doesn’t read my blog, but I figured an Alamo blog on Alamo Day would get his attention), happy birthday! I found all these vintage Alamo items available on Etsy so you could pick your own birthday gift. Anything that’s in this treasury, you can have it. Perhaps even more than one item if you ask nicely. 😉 Clicking on the image will take you directly to Etsy, where you can click on each of the items featured in the collection and read more about them.
I love you baby! Happy choosing!
And for the rest of you, you can see my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!
Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!
“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?