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.

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.

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