February 22nd George Washington’s Birthday

Today is George Washington’s birthday… well, since he’s not around anymore it was George Washington’s birthday. He was born February 22nd, 1732. He was a wealthy farmer and soldier before the Revolutionary War and led the meager American forces during the revolution.

The war ended in 1781 meaning Washington was 49 when peace came about. Back then, that was considered fairly old. He became President in 1787, six years later so that would have made him 55. Many wanted to make him King but I think he had seen enough of a King George during the war and refused.Being the first of anything is tough and I cannot even imagine what it must have been to be the first President.

Washington died in 1799. He was 67 or maybe 68. A life well lived. He wasn’t perfect but then… who is?

How to celebrate – Throw a George Washington birthday party. Visit Williamsburg. Make some cherry pie.

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February 21st Card Reading Day

You know all those cards you saved over the holidays, intending to read them sometime? Well today is the day to finally read them, or re-read them, and then maybe throw them away! It’s also the opportunity to read, or re-read, those e-cards sent to you and then delete them! Remember to keep a list of those who sent you cards so that you remember to send them to those same people next holiday!

Cards are not the same anymore. I love e-cards but they do seem a little impersonal. They are much more elaborate than the regular cards one can send, and a lot less expensive! You can also wait to send them until the last minute if you are that type. (And who among us isn’t!)

Cards do mean a lot, whether they are hard copy or e-cards. They let someone know you care and are thinking of them. That really does mean a lot when we are so busy with all we have to do. They make the days brighter for those sending as well as those receiving.

How to celebrate – Re-read cards you have received. Check out your future with Tarot cards. (Just don’t believe in them) Design your own cards to send out.

February 20th National Cherry Pie Day

Today is a day to celebrate America’s, or at least the United States, second most favorite pie, the cherry pie! Well, it is my favorite as I like it over apple, the most popular according to the polls. And while apple pie is considered the American pie, I believe cherry pie should be America’s pie.

After all, George Washington featured the cherry tree, which makes the cherry, which makes the cherry pie! Johnny Appleseed came along a long time afterwards! Of course, the cherry blossom is big in Japan so maybe that’s why they chose the apple pie… I don’t know. I think the important thing here is that someone made a study of what pie American’s liked best… like that was really important.

There is nothing like a warm piece of cherry pie with some vanilla ice cream on a cool winter’s evening!

How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Find out the truth behind George Washington’s claim to have chopped down a cherry tree. Try a cherry tart!

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

So some holidays are a little difficult to find something to write about. For me, this is one of those days. We are celebrating chocolate, a good thing, and mint, a good thing as well, and the mixture of them combines. The mint does make chocolate more refreshing, kind of cleansing the palate while eating something that covers up the taste of nearly everything else.

So, anything that can include, be made of, or calls for chocolate can have mint added to it. Ice creams comes to mind first, then hot chocolate. Andes Mints are all about the mint and chocolate of course.

Thus, adding mint to chocolate seems to be a natural progression or extension of something most of us think is pretty good anyway. Don;t question it, try to figure it out or even think too much on the subject… just accept it.

How to celebrate – Add some mint to your chocolate. Add some chocolate to your mint. Why isn’t peppermint made out of pepper?

February 18th President’s Day

Today we celebrate all the President’s birthdays. It’s not just supposed to be George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, though the day falls between their real birthdays, but it is meant to be a celebration of all the President’s birthdays.

So what do you get for the most powerful man in the world for his birthday? Well, currently it would be a wall but for most it’s probably more votes. That is, of course, unless they have already served two terms and cannot serve again. Then it appears most of them want a library of all thy accomplished during their service. In some cases, that would be a pretty small library!

These are, so far, great men (And someday great women) regardless of the fact that they held important positions that made them rich before they became President. Maybe some day you won’t have to be rich to be President, but probably not in any of our lifetimes.

How to celebrate – President’s birthdays should be observed, so… observe it! See how many birthdays of presidents you can name. Throw a party for the Presidents, they probably won’t show up but you can still have a good time.

February 17th Random Acts of Kindness Day

What goes around, comes around. Today is a day that we should celebrate every day of our lives. It is simple enough to do. Just be kind, whether to people or animals isn’t as important and why not both! It will come back to you, sometime, some place.

It can be as simple as waving hello to someone, taking a homeless person a sandwich or taking your dog for a walk somewhere you don’t normally go. You never know what might happen or how it might affect someone. it might bring them out of depression, change a bad mood into a good one or just make them feel special if only for a moment. Sometimes that moment is a that is required.

Well today is set aside as that day you go out of your way to make someone else’s day a little better. You can go back to ignoring it tomorrow, but then… why?

How to celebrate – Give a random act of kindness to a stranger today. Do the same for someone you know. Wait for that special feeling you get when you have done something nice for someone else.

February 16th World Whale Day

World Whale Day – February 16th

People use to think we would have whales forever, they are now learning we aren’t. In the past, hunting whales was their biggest threat as no other sea creature could even challenge them. Today, it’s the loss of natural habitat and pollution that is killing them off. World Whale Day started in 1980 in Maui, Hawaii and has become a ongoing affair.

How to celebrate – Go whale sighting if you get the chance. Learn what you can do to hello make the whales habitat safer. Visit Hawaii.