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, 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...


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And if you're feeling real ambitious...

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