January 21st National Hugging Day

Today was created by the Rev. Kevin Zaburney of Caro, Michigan in 1986. I think the intent was to promote humanism, to unite people, and make them feel wanted and warmed by human contact. That caress that tells someone they are both loved and cherished. Oddly, the day was copyrighted meaning, someone saw profit in it somewhere.

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Kinda spoils the meaning of the day. Not that too many will be taking advantage of the day anyway. With all the recent harassment charges going against everyone and their brother, or sister, as the case may be, today stands little chance of being honored.

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Of course you can still hug relatives, with their permission of course. Boy have things changed since the sixties! This is not that I endorse the use of needless hugging, and there are those who might take advantage of a hug.

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Now if you feel like being a rebel, go ahead and hug somebody. Of course you will need to get permission not only from the person you intend to hug but also whoever holds the copyright on the day. That will be done in triplicate with the normal fees involved.

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Or you may just want to leave it to those who you know and love. I doubt they will turn you into the copyright office or the local police.

How to celebrate – Hug somebody today. (with their permission). Hug your dog, or cat, they won’t tell anybody! Do something nice for someone today!

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January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

Wow, there are a lot of cheese days on the calendar. Maybe that’s because we eat a lot of cheese! Americans consume some 31 pounds a year. That’s a lot of cheese! However, the French eat over 50 pounds of cheese a year.

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There are between 900 and 1,400 varieties of cheese available. Swiss, Cheddar, Brie, American, Mozzarella, Munster, Blue, Gouda, Jarlsberg, Parmesan, Ricotta…  well, I’m not going to list them all but I think you get the picture.

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We put cheese, or use cheese, for hundreds of dishes or just enjoy it by itself. It is believed that cheese was first discovered around 7,500 or 8,000 B.C. in what today is Poland. It is also believed that it was discovered by mistake. So see, not all mistakes are bad!

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Pair cheese with wine and you have a party! The Worlds Fair in 1964 displayed a block of cheese that weighed some 34,000 pounds. I guess that makes it the world’s largest potential party! But did you know that cheese is best served at room temperature? That is when cheese offers it best flavor (Albeit not necessarily it’s best scent).

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If you are  cheese lover, which most of us that do not suffer from lactose intolerance, today is your day. Just remember you should always tear your cheese because it would not be polite in public to cut it.

How to celebrate – Eat some cheese today! List all the cheese you like. Throw a cheese tasting party! (And don’t forget the wine)

 

January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.

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Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Barlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.

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By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

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During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.

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How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

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January 18 – Winnie the Pooh Day!

Probably the best known and definitely the most loved bear – Winnie the Pooh,  is celebrated today. Well, it’s actually his creators birthday A. A. Milne, born January 18th, 1882.  The A. A. stands for Allan Alexander.

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Winnie the Pooh and his friends, Christopher Robbin, Tigger,Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo have delighted both children and adults for years, since it’s publication in 1926.  Other characters include Heffalumps, Kanga, Rabbit, Owl, Lumpy, Kessie, Gopher, Buster, and Darby.

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It is hard to imagine anyone not touched by the Winnie the Pooh characters. There have been films and television shows, along with the books about them. There have even been songs written about the characters, probably the best known by Kenny Loggins while a part of Loggins & Messina.

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One of the reasons Winnie the Pooh has remained popular for so long is that even though the characters do silly and common things, they remind us of ourselves and those we love. And, as we hope with our own lives, their stories always have a happy ending.

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If you haven’t heard, read, or seen any of the Winnie the Pooh stories you owe it to yourself (as well as your children) to become a part of Winnie’s family.

How to celebrate – Pick out which of the many characters in Winnie the Pooh best fits you. Read Winnie the Pooh to your children. Throw a Winnie the Pooh corner party at your ‘Hundred Acre Wood’.

January 17th Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

We all make them and we all break them, our New Year’s Resolutions. And of course, we feel bad about breaking them because our intentions were so good and so sincere. Quit smoking, losing weight, getting to work on time, being a better person. You name it, we try to better ourselves with determination at the beginning of the New Year when we get our chance to start over.

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Okay, so… it’s been 17 days and if you have stuck with your resolution you have done better than most. That said, today is the unofficial official day to give up those resolutions without consequence. Well, of course there will be consequences since most of the resolutions we offer up will make us better people but still, today is the day to not feel guilty for giving up.

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Don’t feel about about the defeat. Very few of us actually accomplish the resolutions we make. It’s not so much the idea of losing, it’s knowing when to lose… and today is the day.

How to celebrate – Have a celebration for knowing when to give up. Compare your resolutions with your friends and family and see who had the most absurd. Forget about making resolutions next year, you know you aren’t going to keep them anyway!