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.

Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31 ~ !YaD SdrawkcaB YppaH

happy backwards day

I found several references to this day on the internet, but nothing that seemed very official.  In any event it sounds like it could be fun to do things backwards for a day...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Kazoo Day ~ January 28

Learn everything you need to know about Kazoos and even buy your very own at Kazoobie Kazoos.

Or visit Amazon for one of these...

Or find other great toys here...

Kazoo 468 x 60

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Chocolate Cake Day ~ January 27


Here's a recipe for you from  Looks super yummy...

Just the mention of chocolate cake makes me think of this old skit by Bill Cosby... I may not always agree with his politics, but I have to admit this always make me laugh...

Chocolate Gifts from

Eilenberger Bakery

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day ~ January 26

So, Australia day isn't an odd holiday if you're Australian...but for those of us that aren't it's a great "crazy holiday" and reason to celebrate. I think I'll watch Crocodile Dundee and put some shrimp on the barbie.

View more personalized gifts from Zazzle.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Beer Can Appreciation Day ~ January 24

This day is celebrated because it marks the day that beer was first sold in cans in 1935...or so they say.  I'm sure for my beer drinking readers it's a good enough reason to enjoy a frosty brewsky no matter what container it comes in.

If canned beer is your thing, you may want to get this handy holster so your favorite beverage is always within reach...

Or how about one of those funny hats...

And not that I'm encouraging drinking and driving, but I thought this bumper sticker is a must have warning label...

This one brings back some memories... My Dad, who was a beer drinker in his younger days, liked this song when I was a kid...

SodaStream (Soda-Club) USA 468x60 Green Static

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's Pie Day ~ January 23


One of my favorite movies...I'm a bit partial to John Travolta because we share the same birthday...but that song was the first thing that came to my head when I learned about "Pie Day" (and yes, I love pie!)

In honor of Pie Day, I created a whole line of items at Zazzle...

Look for a personalized gift at Zazzle.

For those of us that will be spending the day baking our favorite pies some handy gadgets from Amazon...

And for those of us looking from some great pie recipes...

Just to name a few...guess I'm not the only one that likes pie.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Go Nuts! It's Squirrel Appreciation Day ~ January 21

When I searched the word SQUIRREL on the internet I came across this colorful site all about the little's mostly just links to other sites, but I liked the way it looked.

If you love these cute rodents you can send out a Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day card to your friends...

And if one day a year isn't enough for you, these greeting cards are also available for other occasions...

Just a few of the thousands of cards available at Greeting Card Universe...

Sierra Club

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happy Penguin Awareness Day ~ January 20

View more personalized gifts from Zazzle.

For those of you who are not sure, yes penguins are birds. There are 17 to 20 different species of penguins, all living in the southern hemisphere, with major populations in Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa.

Movies like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet have made the penguin a star in modern culture.

One of the reasons they are such an easy creature to love is their resemblence to humams...walking upright with a funny waddle and coloring that reminds of us a tuxedo...
Whether they are favorite of yours or not, you have to admit they do have their charms.. 

Sierra Club

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19 ~ Happy Tin Can Day

I've read that the reason today is Tin Can Day is that in 1825, on this day, the US patent to store food in tin cans was awarded to Ezra Daggett and his nephew Thomas Kensett.  However, if you look up the history of the tin can you will find that the can itself was patented in 1810 by Peter Durand.  

No matter...the can itself is reason enough to celebrate.  For everything you ever wanted to know about the tin can, click on the image above to be directed to Wikipedia.

Looking for something to do today to honor the humble tin can....  Check out some of these great crafty ideas...


At Crafty Suzanne



And if you're feeling real ambitious...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy(Blissful) Thesaurus Day(sunrise-to-sunset) ~ January 18

If you're not really sure what a thesaurus is then you probably need on of these...

No, it has nothing(zilch) to do with dinosaurs(extinct creatures). The thesaurus(treasury of words) is a writer's best(unparalleled) friend(comrade), finding better(superior) ways to express(convey an idea by using a different(alternate) word with the same or similar(comparable) definition.  If you're not inclined(predisposed) to buy(purchase) a paper version, the Internet version is a great(outstanding) alternative.

Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17 ~ Hot Buttered Rum Day

You know what you have to do today...Buy a bottle of Rum, make yourself a "hot buttered rum" and relax...  Don't you just love these holidays?

The basic recipe can be found at Cocktail Times... 

Or find a recipe in one of these...

Don't feel like making your own... Try a mix or ready made...

If you like the idea of relaxing with that warm comforting smell, but don't really care to drink you can always light a candle and be instantly relaxed with just the aroma...  Found these hand made votives by WoodcraftsandCandles on Etsy, one of my favorite sites..

That's all I've got for you today... Cheers!!!  
"Why is the rum gone?"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hot and Spicy Food Day ~ January 16

Happy Hot & Spicy Food Day Apron January 16 apron
Happy Hot & Spicy Food Day Apron January 16 by Everydays_A_Holiday
See other Hot and spicy food day Aprons

Just so we don't get too confused, today is "International" Hot and Spicy Food Day.  I did find some references to the fact that there is also a "National" Hot and Spicy" Food Day in August, but those of us that love spicy food won't mind at all if we need to celebrate twice a year.

When we think "hot" - we think of peppers...and I found this visual guide to hot pepper to help you decide just how hot you like your peppers.  Pick a pepper today...and have a spicy day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January 15 ~ National Hat Day

To find out more about hats and vote for the "Hat Person of the Year" visit The Headwear Association's website.  

To celebrate today, wear your best chapeau. And if you don't have one, today's a good day to go out and buy one...

and for those of you that would love to learn how to make your own fabulous fashion hats...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dress up your Pet Day ~ January 14

I have to say that I'm not one to dress my pets, but for those of you who do, today is a great day to buy them a new outfit.   The photos below will link you to a variety of places you can find fun fashions for your furry friends...

Duke and Fritz

Cat Prin

Paw Palace

Posh Pet Glamour Boutique

Little Pampered Pets