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, February 22, 2011

February 22 ~ Happy World Thinking Day

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    World Thinking Day is a Girl Scout holiday.  Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts designates a theme for World Thinking Day, and the activities for the guides and scouts are focused on that theme.  February 22nd was chosen for this holiday because it is the birthday of scout founder Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave Baden-Powell.
     No, my thoughtful gorilla has nothing to do with Girl Scouting, but why should they have all the fun... Everyone should be allowed to think on Thinking Day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

International Mother Language Day ~ February 21

This holiday was founded by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.  The idea of this day is to promote awareness of cultural diversity and multilingualism.
For many of us in the United States, English is our only language and the only language we grew up hearing.  But we don't have to be bored today or feel sorry for ourselves.  Unless you are a Native American (in which case your Mother Language is the native language of your tribe) your ancestors came for somewhere....
Today's the perfect day to begin to learn a new language.  Perhaps the language of your ancestors, or maybe just the language you've always wanted to know.

Use your new skills and plan for that trip you've always dreamed of...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy National Cherry Pie Day ~ February 20

I suspect the reason for Cherry Pie Day at this time of year has something to do with the old story about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree. 

If you do decide to make a home made cherry pie today don't forget the apron and this sweet gadget I found at - Buy Best Electronic Gadgets, Laptop Parts, Computer Components, Cell Phone Accessories!

Pulling out that oven rack will never worry you again. And they are so unique looking people will wonder what they are.  You can't see it, but there is a magnet on the back so they'll stay handy attached right to the stove.

Need a good recipe now? is celebrating "National Cherry Month" so pop over there for some great recipes using cherries.

And it you want the pie but not the work...