December 28th National Card Playing Day

Okay, you’re tired of the gifts you got for Christmas by now, tired of running around shopping and going to parties, tired of shoveling snow or going on sleigh rides… chill out, play cards!

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Card playing has been around for centuries! People have been playing cards almost since the beginning of recorded history. It’s a great way to pass some time and talk to your friends and family members while not just sitting there like a bump on a log.

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Now there are those who take their card playing very seriously. They develop strategies and styles to play. There are even those that count cards and mark cards so they can shave the odds in their favor (but I would not suggest this in a casino). I really haven’t played a lot of poker in my life but when I have, it gets a little ruthless so you might want to pick friendlier games.

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There are many, many kids versions of card games as well and if you need a little quiet time, suggest the kids play cards. Though they can still make a lot of noise, generally speaking they don’t as they are concentrating on what they are doing with their cards.

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And while artists like to show dogs playing cards I have never actually seen that. I have seen dogs eat cards, but that’s an entirely different blog. Cards are a great way to keep your mind active while letting your body relax.

How to celebrate – Play cards today! Make up your own card game (maybe one only you know how to win). Learn how to do magic with cards.

 

December 27th Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

There is nothing like snow. Well, maybe ice and frost, but not much else.  And it is the season for snow, the real kind. But if you live in the south you don’t normally see a lot of the white stuff from nature, so today is the day to make your own.322ff146f46cdcd88f029e1685e57459--paper-snowflake-patterns-snowflake-designs

Now I wouldn’t suggest trying to ski on it, or even build a snowman, in fact I probably wouldn’t even put it outside. However, when you make your own snowflakes you are showing your individuality just as with every snowflake that falls. No two should be perfectly alike, even if you have to make slight variations on purpose.

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They don’t even have to look like traditional fake snowflakes, or as I like to call them… snowfakes. The good thing about them is that you don’t have to go out and shovel them, unless you really go to the extreme, and they aren’t wet, at least let us hope they aren’t wet.

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Your snowflakes though should be just like ever person you know, no one exactly the same. In fact you could even create snowflakes and give them a personality like the people you know. A little warped, tiny, extra large, twisted… whatever you like!

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So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! So long as you have paper and scissors, you can make as many as you want!

How to celebrate – Get busy, cut out a bunch of snowflakes. They don’t have to be made from paper either, they could be chalk, paint or any substance you want to use! (Though I do advise keeping it legal. Name each snowflake you make.

December 26th National Boxing Day

Today is Boxing Day. For years I thought it was a day that people got rid of all the boxes of stuff they got during Christmas day. I was wrong. It always falls of the first weekday after Christmas. Today it is easy because it is a Tuesday, but if Christmas falls on Friday, Boxing Day will come on the following Monday.

It’s also not the day the reindeer beat up Santa for his abuse on Christmas Eve (Though they may well be within their rights!). In fact, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing either. Celebrated in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and any of the British Commonwealth, this traditionally is a European holiday.

It started in the Middle Ages when the nobility would reward their servants and those that served them with a box full of gifts, normally of food and fruit. It was a way of giving back for what had been done for those more affluent. It is also known as St. Stephens Day.

We at Unboxing the Bizarre welcome all unusual holidays, as well as those that are widely recognized. Life is worth celebrating, everyday, for some reason or the other. We try to show you different reasons to celebrate though you really should celebrate every day anyway. We owe each other to find happiness, we owe each other to find love, when we accomplish that then we can truly celebrate the future and the lives we live and com in contact with.

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How to celebrate – Celebrate something every day! Create days to celebrate in your own lives. Take a box of food and fruit, and clothing or anything else you can give to someone in need.

December 24th National Eggnog Day

Eggnog has been around for quite some time. It was recorded in Medieval Britain as a hot, milky, ale-like drink. It was in regular use by monks in the 13th century, not just as a commoners drink but with a lot of alcohol in it. Generally either rum or cognac is used to “flavor” the drink.

Today it is served both with, and without, alcohol. Originally called “posset” in the UK it is also known as rompose in Mexico and coquito in Puerto Rico. It’s name may have come from the original use of a noggin (a wooden cup) and grog (a strong drink).

The drink changed slightly when it came to the Americas. George Washington loved the drink and created his own recipe for consumption. One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.

We even use it to make ice cream, lattes and candy. (Mostly without alcohol) It is the perfect drink for the holidays and has become a part of the Christmas tradition. And with today being Christmas Eve, you should include it in your celebrations.

How to celebrate – Have a joyful and thoughtful Christmas Eve with friends and family. Create your own recipe for Eggnog. Have a Merry Christmas.

December 23rd Roots Day

Who are we really? Where do we come from? Do we have heroes in our past? Criminals? Assassins? Royalty? There was a story in my family about a member who lived in the UK as a farmer and came upon a Knight that had fallen from his horse and couldn’t get up because of the heavy armor. The farmer helped the Knight to his feet and a grateful King of England awarded him the title of the Earl of Nottingham. As the story continues, he became Robin Hood. I seriously doubt any of this happened, but it was written down in a book stating it from the 1600’s.

The other side of the family has always believed it came from Scotland and every indication was that it did… but the family crest and name comes from Germany. Does it make me any different? No. It does make me think, but that’s it.

Holding anybody accountable for past members of their family is ridiculous. Whatever those family members did, or didn’t do, has no bearing on you now. The world have evolved over the years, so have people, what our fore-fathers did, had to do and the mistakes they made have been corrected where they could be. To hold anyone accountable for the sins of their fathers is only showing the shortness of the sons.

It is fine to be proud of your heritage and in a few cases, it does make you who you are, what you own, how much money you have and titles you may hold… but it doesn’t make you who you are as a person. Remember that as you teach your way of life to your children.

How to celebrate – Study your genealogy. Give a heritage kit for Christmas. Never take yourself too seriously.

December 22nd National Date Nut Bread Day

As it seems the majority of bizarre holidays in December are, it’s another food day. Today is National Date Nut Bread Day! If you like nuts and dates, today is your day! It is a tasty treat, normally served up for the holidays. Although, some say the actual date is September 8th, though I say they are nuts! Get it, date…nuts…!

Of course there are nuts in the loaf, normally walnuts, and dates along with treacle or tea to make it that dark, rich color. Scotland is credited with it’s creation, first appearing in recipe form in 1939.

While regularly serve in Scotland… America, Australia, Britain and New Zealand also make date nut bread a part of their diet. Of course since it is a part of the Christmas season it is available in nearly every country that celebrates Christ.

Add a little cream cheese and now you’re talking! A date nut bread sandwich. Though the first recipe is recorded in 1939 I can only guess that it has been around for centuries.  Try it coming fresh out of the oven when it is at it’s best.

How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread today. Create your own date nut bread recipe. Keep a loaf around for the rest of the holidays!

December 21st Look on the Bright Side Day

This time of year many people suffer through the holidays, lonely, sad and looking for something they can’t find. Maybe its because they are looking too hard or looking for things they can’t get. Either way, looking for something beyond what you have is looking on the dark side, not the bright.

And we do have a choice. One side looks at everything i the world as being bad while the other looks at it as the best it can be, given the time and surroundings. We can always find bad things around us, that is the easy part. Looking for the good is difficult but it is there.

If all you have is today, take it. Make it yours and do something good with it. Be optimistic and good things will happen, opening so many doors where doubt and sorrow closes them.

Being negative never serves any purpose, never. Caution is fine, doubt sometimes works, but just saying no to everything only gives you nothing in the end. So today is the day to look for the bright things in life.

How to celebrate – Look for the good things in your life. Make a list of all the positives you control and keep it with you. Try and brighten other peoples days, it will brighten yours as well.