Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22 ~ Haiku Poetry Day

Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry that adheres to strict rules. The entire poem is short containing only 17 syllables in 3 lines. The first line must be 5 syllables, the second lines is 7, and the last line is 5 again, giving the poem a graceful meter. Traditionally the poetry will make reference to the season, and most often it pertained to winter which is why this holiday is on the Winter Solstice.
Obviously well known traditional Japanese Haiku when translated to English will not necessarily have 17 syllables, but by reading some of them, you will get the idea of the imagery associated with this form of poetry.

* Night; and once again,
* the while I wait for you, cold wind
* turns into rain.
Masaoka Shiki

* The crow has flown away:
* swaying in the evening sun,
* a leafless tree.
Soseki Natsume

* The moment two bubbles
* are united, they both vanish.
* A lotus blooms.
Kijo Murakami

To learn more about Haiku, or to learn to write some of your own, try some of these books available at Amazon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

National Espresso Day ~ November 23

I don't drink coffee, but if I did I think I'd drink espresso...
Espresso is a concentrated coffee that is brewed by forcing hot water under high pressure through extremely fine ground coffee.  Developed in Italy in the early 20th century, the word espresso is Italian for "pressed out."  
Luigi Bezzera patented the first espresso machine in 1903, when he discovered he was able to use trapped steam to force water through the grounds and was able to reduce the time it took to make his coffee.
There are a variety of home machines if you'd like to brew some of your own.

Monday, November 22, 2010

National Cashew Day ~ November 22

My Favorite Nut!!!  Wish I could find a good sale on them today.
If you are familiar with how the cashew is grown you understand why it is a tasty but expense snack.  Not only are cashews good on their own, they are often used in recipes and candy confections.

Add cashews to your dinner menu tonight with this Garlic buttered broccoli with cashews...

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped salted cashews
  1. Place the broccoli into a large pot with about 1 inch of water in the bottom. Bring to a boil, and cook for 7 minutes, or until tender but still crisp. Drain, and arrange broccoli on a serving platter.
  2. While the broccoli is cooking, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and garlic. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Mix in the cashews, and pour the sauce over the broccoli. Serve immediately.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 21 ~ World Television Day

You might think that this is a funny day to honor our favorite baby-sitter, the boob tube...but in fact, November 21st was proclaimed World Television Day by the United Nations to commemorate the first World Television Forum in 1996.  The idea is that we recognize and appreciate the usefulness of the broadcast media to enlighten and educate and bring the people of the world closer together.
Will you be watching something enlightening and educational tonight?  Cook up a TV dinner, get comfy on the couch, and enjoy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

National Adoption Day ~ November 20

Gee I hope I don't have to go adopt something today, I already have a houseful (pets that is, all my kids are grown ups)... 

Joking again of course, this day is about child adoption.  You may have seen the recent commercials thanking everyone, birth families, adoptive families, etc for their participation in adoption. National Adoption Day is sponsored by a variety of organizations to celebrate "A family for every child."  Today the family courts across the country will break records on the number of foster children that will be adopted.


There are all kinds of adoption story out there, if you're interested in know my personal story involving adoption you can read about it on my Hub Page.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19, 2010 ~ World Toilet Day

I have to admit, I really thought this one was a hoax...but, not only is it on the level, The World Toilet Organization even has their own website that you can visit. WTO is a non-profit organization founded in 2001, with the idea to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide.
I made sure that you have plenty of options for cards and gifts to celebrate World Toilet Day at my Zazzle shop...



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Happy flushing!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great American Smoke Out ~ November 18



This is a moving holiday and is celebrated every year on the 3rd Thursday in November.  Sponsored by The American Cancer Society, their site is full of useful information to get you through the day, and continue on to become smoke-free.

And once that smoker in your family has quit...make sure to send them a pat on the back.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17 ~ Happy GIS Day

I suppose we should start out by finding out what GIS means...

GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. Use this link to learn more about GIS and why it's important.  GIS Day is a moving holiday, and is always celebrated on the Wednesday of GIS week.

I'll leave you to your own devices to learn about GIS... but will share with you a similar activity that my son taught me about... Geo-caching.  All you need is a GPS tracking device, a few trinkets in your pocket, and some free time....  oh yeah, some bug spray is helpful too, and a flashlight, and water, and a rope...  Just kidding, as long as you don't trust my son to be your guide you'll be fine.  Should I tell you about our adventures?  You might think I was trying to discourage you from this fun activity if I did... But, if any of my family reads this it will definitely make them laugh.

 

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

National Fast Food Day ~ November 16

Well I suppose having a day to eat "fast food" guilt free isn't such a bad thing.  At Fast Foods.com you can get a rundown on the nutritional values of some popular fast food meals.

What's your favorite fast food joint?

Just a few of the many... Check out Wikipedia for a very long list with links to your favorites.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15 ~ America Recycles Day

Green Earth Eco Friendly for Earth Day bumpersticker

What a great idea for a holiday! The goal for today will be to see just how much you can recycle. Don't forget that doesn't just mean glass bottles and aluminum cans... There's an old saying..."waste not, want not"   Think about re-purposing those things that cannot be recycled.  No, I'm not suggesting you turn your old toilet into a planter for the front lawn...but I'm sure you can think of some ideas.  Before you throw it away try to think of what else you might use it for.  An old towel=cut up for dusting rags
A chipped dish=saucer for a planter
Old Tee Shirt (with some snipping and sewing)=grocery sack
Shower curtain=drop cloth
I found tons of ideas by doing a quick internet search:
Tip Nut's long list of ideas
Young House Love blog
Ideas from Hillbilly Houswife
E-How's ideas
ecocheckout.com has tons of useful information
These are just a few...



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Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8 ~ National Harvey Wallbanger Day

Bottoms up!!!

Stir 3 parts vodka and 6 parts orange juice in a collins glass with ice. Float 1 part Galliano on top.  Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Before you have one too many try these super delicious looking cupcakes....

Recipe found at Cocktail Cupcakes for Your Bachelorette Party Supplies. 
If you are in need of Party Supplies (keep in mind these are not kids parties) they seem to have it all...  
I will definitely be trying some of those cupcakes!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saxophone Day ~ November 6

The inventor of the Saxophone, Adolph Sax was born November 6, 1814... hence today is "Saxophone Day"  And the best way to celebrate today??? Listen to some great sax music of course.

 

If you're a sax player or know someone who is, we have a great tie available at our Zazzle shop...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Doughnut Appreciation Day ~ November 5

If you want to truly appreciate the doughnut you'll want to know all about the history of the doughnut in America...
Too bad this wasn't a subject in school, I might have actually gotten an A in this class.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 4 ~ King Tut Day



King Tut Day is celebrated on November 4th, the day that the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered.   For more information about King Tut and other Ancient Egyptian information check out this website KingTutOne.com

Some King Tut collectibles and other fun stuff available from Amazon...
 



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

National Sandwich Day ~ November 3

Today is the anniversary of the birthday of the fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. Montagu was a British statesman who held various political and military offices. He did not invent the modern day sandwich, but it appears that the sandwich was named after him. Legend has it that he ordered his valet to bring him some meat tucked between two slices of bread. Since he was the Earl of Sandwich, others began to order "the same as Sandwich" which in time just became a sandwich.

Some sandwich recipe books and sandwich making goodies for you to try...

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 2 ~ Day of the Dead

You might think that this day has something to do with Halloween, but it doesn't.  This is a Mexican holiday to honor friends and family members who have died.  The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying and eating is common.  According to Wikipedia, traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.





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Monday, November 1, 2010

All Saints Day ~ November 1

In the middle ages the Roman Catholic church celebrated with festivals hundreds of religious faithful saints and martyrs.  I came to pass that there were so many of these festival days that they decided to combine the lesser ones into one day which became known as "All Saints' Day."  As a religious holiday, there aren't any weird or wacky ways to celebrate, so you're on your own to decide how you want to make this day special.  Whatever it is you come up with as your holiday plans for the day...ENJOY!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

National UNICEF Day ~ October 31


While most kids are out in costume today begging for candy, some will show up on your doorstep saying "trick or treat for UNICEF."  The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created in 1946 by the United Nations to provide food and health care to children in countries devastated by World War II.  It continues today to help provide relief for children around the globe with funds donated by both governments and private donations. 

One of the most widely known fundraising campaigns in this country is trick or treating for UNICEF which began in 1950.  Each year small orange boxes are handed out to school children and to date donations from these boxes has topped $223 million dollars in Canada and the US.  So, when the doorbell rings this year make sure you have some nickles ready just in case you hear the familiar "TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Buy a Doughnut Day ~ October 30



Ok, if you insist!

As I've said many times before...I live in the south.  But I'm still a Yankee (Jersey born and bred) and while Krispy Kreme is the favorite down here, I'm still a Dunkin' Donuts gal.  I'm not sure if either of these franchises will be celebrating today, but it's worth a trip to their websites to see if there are any "specials" going on for this delicious holiday.

My all time favorite doughnut is the Boston Cream, with the chocolate glazed following as a close second.  What's your's?

Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29 ~ National Cat Day

National Cat Day October 29 card
National Cat Day October 29 by Everydays_A_Holiday
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Founded by Colleen Paige, National Cat Day was concieved to call attention to the millions of unloved and neglected cats in shelters, many of which will need to be euthanized.  This is also the day to pay homage to that feline in your life that makes everyday simply purrrr-fect!  Visit the official National Cat Day website for more information and some wonderful photographs of cats and kittens.




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Thursday, October 28, 2010

National Chocolate Day ~ October 28



As far as I'm concerned every day should be "chocolate day"







Some facts about chocolate:
  • Columbus brought cacao (chocolate) beans back to Spain on his fourth voyage in 1502.
  • Americans consume about half of the world's chocolate production.
  • Hershey's chocolate was introduced in 1900.
  • Hawaii is the only state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.
  • Seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year in the United States. 
  • Chocolate syrup was used in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
  • Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
  • One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana.
  • The average person will consume 10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime...that's a lot of chocolate!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27 ~ Navy Day

I really wanted to share with you the Village People singing "In the Navy" but I couldn't find one on YouTube that I was allowed to use. So, instead we'll take a step even further back in time...






If you know a sailor, send him or her some love today...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26 ~ Planet Wide Moon Howl

 

This may very well be one of those holidays that fizzle out before it gets off the ground.  I was able to find some information about the First Annual Planet Wide Moon Howl which was last year, but almost nothing about any organized events or activities going on this year.  So, you can be a lone wolf if you want and howl on your own.  Or, get a group of friends together and keep the howling spirit alive.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy National Greasy Food Day ~ October 25


I live in the south.  They have a theory down here.  If you can eat it, you can fry it!  When I moved here from New Jersey my cholesterol levels were just fine, but not anymore.  Because if you live in the south every day is greasy food day.


What can be deep fried?
Your Thanksgiving Turkey


Twinkies


Candy Bars


Cookies


Even Soda can be deep fried


And if you really want your cholesterol levels to soar,
try deep fried butter

Sunday, October 24, 2010

United Nations Day ~ October 24

Today is the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations.

From the official UN website this quote describes the UN in Brief
The UN is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. Day in and day out, the UN and its family of organizations work to promote respect for human rights, while also promoting gender equality and the advancement of women, protecting the environment, fighting disease and reducing poverty. UN agencies define the standards for safe and efficient air travel and help improve telecommunications and enhance consumer protection. The United Nations leads the international campaigns against drug trafficking and terrorism. Throughout the world, the UN and its agencies assist refugees, set up programmes to clear landmines, help expand food production and lead the fight against AIDS.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

National Mole Day ~ 10/23


This mole in not the furry little animal.  This mole refers to Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  I do not understand it, nor am I even going to attempt to.  But if you are so inclined you can start at About.com for a brief explanation. 

To prove that chemistry geeks have a sense of humor these Mole Day definitions and jokes can be found at The National Mole Day Foundations website.

Friday, October 22, 2010

National Nut Day ~ October 22

Research into National Nut Day kept bringing me to sites and references in the UK. So, it's possible that the "National" in this instance is not American. We may have adopted it from the English. Oh well, wouldn't be the first thing we've taken from them.

I'm a nut lover...pistachios and cashews are my favorites.  Nuts are wonderful healthy snacks and also a great ingredient in many recipes, from main courses to deserts.

How many meals can you add nuts to today...

Looks like you might be able to have a nut with everything today!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Caramel Apple Day ~ October 21

This time of year Caramel Apples are a familiar favorite.  Years ago I remember receiving them as a Halloween treat.  Of course these days you won't find them in your trick or treat bag, but you can still make them a home pretty easily.  Or you can buy the gourmet variety at a good candy shop or by mail order.












For the home version, Kraft caramel candies often come with wooden sticks this time of year and you might even find the recipe on the bag.  If not, visit Kraft's website for the recipe and some good tips.

I've created a line of cards and gift items on Zazzle just for this fun and tasty holiday...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

National Brandied Fruit Day ~ October 20

You just have to enjoy these food days...  I'm not a big fan of brandy on it's own, but brandied fruit can be very tasty.  Allrecipes.com has a quick and easy recipe for Brandied Fruit Topping that is wonderful over ice cream.
At myrecipes.com you can find the recipe for the Brandied Fruit Compote (pictured above) from Southern Living magazine.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19 ~ Ty Pennington's Birthday

     Gary Tygert Bruton "Ty Pennington" turns 46 years old today.  In case you are not familiar with this television personality, Ty found his way into the hearts of America on The Learning Channel's hit show Trading Spaces. His boyish good looks, over the top energy level, and slightly quirky sense of humor helped to make the show a success.
     Born in Atlanta Georgia, Ty's interest in carpentry and home improved started early where at the age of 12 he and several friends built a 3 story tree house in the neighborhood.
     For the past 7 years Ty has hosted TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition a reality show that provides complete home renovation to deserving families.  To get some "behind the scene" photos, hop over to Still Images Productions website, where Bart Baldwin and Cesar Palacio along with David Hartfield, Keith Jones, and John Herrel, all very talented photographers, have their work on display.  I'm honored to know all of these guys by way of The Columbia Camera Club here in Columbia South Carolina.

Wow, I think that's the most links I've every put in a blog entry....  Hope you visit some of them and enjoy.  And oh yeah....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TY!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18 ~ National Chocolate Cupcake Day

     I've been waiting for this one.... Yummy!!!  My favorite cupcake is chocolate with vanilla icing, but I never turn down an all chocolate one.
     Whether you make a batch from the box, buy them ready made, or go all out and make them from scratch, today you have permission to indulge and forget about calories and diets.  
     If you want to try your hand at making the perfectly chocolatey chocolate cupcake I came across this recipe at a blog called Cupcake Project...looks sinfully delicious, and they claim it's better than sex.
       Some great cupcake supplies...
   

Sunday, October 17, 2010

National Mulligan Day ~ October 17

A mulligan, in a game, happens when a player gets a second chance at a move or action.  In essence it's a "do-over".  On Mulligan Day you get a second chance.  At what?  It's not specific, so I suppose you get to "do-over" whatever you'd like.

In cooking, mulligan stew is basically a stew made of whatever you have on hand or whatever is left-over.  So I suppose it's foods way of getting a second chance.  When my children were little they loved the story about stone soup.  If you're not familiar with it, basically a wanderer comes into town and has no food.  So he boils up some water and adds a stone.  Everyone in the town wants to share his soup and so the each bring a little something to add... a potato here, a carrot there...until it becomes a real meal.  Now we all know how kids feel about left overs, so I used the story to my advantage.  One of the other issues was that my younger children seemed to love to rip the labels off of canned foods.  I usually knew what was in them, but it actually helped that they didn't. Making sure to have some soup base and vegetables in the mix, I let them pick some unlabeled cans, added some left-overs, water or broth as necessary, and voila ~ they made stone soup.  I'm sure they would have turned their noses up at it if I made it, but because it was their creation they thought it was the best meal ever.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16 ~ Boss's Day

This year Boss's Day falls on a Saturday...if you're the boss (or even if you're not) that's a treat in itself.  If you're not the boss and you're looking to suck up, here are a variety of cards devoted to this holiday...

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 15 ~ White Cane Safety Day

Visit the National Federation for the Blind's website for a great article by Marc Maurer about White Cane Safety Day.
One of the things recommended for today is to recognize the contributions of the blind.

Some music to enjoy by some very talented people who happen to be blind...



Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy National Chocolate Covered Insect Day ~ October 14

And a great big YUCK!!!  I'm sorry, but I just can't bring myself to eat bugs...even if they are covered in chocolate.  If you really must try them Candy Warehouse carries chocolate covered insects, chocolate covered ants, as well as crickets and larvet snacks.

Insects can be found in other foods as well....check out this video...



This family obviously didn't realize they had gotten the "gourmet" version candy bar...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13 ~ International Skeptics Day

Are we really sure that's today?

Actually a search of the internet assures me that it is today, but I have no idea why.  I've been unable to find any history or reliable facts about the day. 


Today's mission - Question everything!!!


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Traditional Columbus Day ~ October 12

Until 1971 and the Uniform Monday Holiday Act , Columbus Day was celebrated on October 12, the anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in the New World.  Probably one of the biggest and best know celebrations of the day is the Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

This may not be a strange or unusual holiday, but some people believe we shouldn't celebrate it at all.  The story of Christopher Columbus we all learned in grade school is not exactly an accurate picture.  But, if you're happier with the story as we learned in school that's okay too.   

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10 ~ World Mental Health Day

Well, how about that for a "crazy" holiday!!!  I may joke, but this is a very serious day first celebrated in 1992 by a very serious organization, the World Federation for Mental Health.  
I'm starting my day off with a song, after all music has an important role in a persons general well being...  
The words may be a bit depressing, but the sound is beautiful.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Octoter 9, 2010 ~ Leif Erikson Day


Leif Erikson Day honors the first Scandinavian known to have set foot on American soil and the contribution of the Nordic peoples to the United States.  For a bit of background and history about Leif Erikson I found this website at Net Glimse very informative.
Want more Viking facts and fun...try these...
  

Friday, October 8, 2010

National Fluffernutter Day ~ October 8, 2010

Oh you need Fluff Fluff Fluff to make a Fluffernutter,
Marshmallow Fluff and lots of peanut butter.

As if peanut butter weren't sweet and sticky enough, the addition of Marshmallow Fluff may just put you over the edge.  If you don't think you can handle the sandwich, why not try these cookies found at The Picky Palate.

Fluffernutter Cookies
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 cup marshmallow cream
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl mix the peanut butter and egg until well combined with a spoon.  Slowly stir in the marshmallow cream until just combined.  You want to see the marshmallow cream not fully incorporated, almost like swirled through.  With a small-medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until baked through.  Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.