Today happens once ever four years or so, unless the year ends in a 00 for some very complicated reason. It has to do with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. If you were born on this day you are one out of 1,461 people born, which I actually find smaller than I thought it would be. The rest of us just look at it as an extra day we get to either make things better or worse. So determine to make it better! Think of it as a gift you have been given to celebrate in whatever way you choose!
How to celebrate – Make today your day, to treat yourself to something you normally wouldn’t. Throw a Leap Day party. Go back to bed and wait for March.
February 28th National Tooth Fairy Day
There are two Tooth Fairy Days a year. February 28th and August 22nd. The Tooth Fairy was invented by Esther Watkins Arnold in 1927 to try and get children to take oral health care serious by doing something silly. I thought the Tooth Fairy was much older than that! Dental health is important though many of us do not think about it until it’s too late. Imagine not being able to eat your favorite foods anymore or smile with your mouth wide open. That is why the Tooth Fairy is important, it’s a reminder that we need to take care of ourselves.
How to celebrate – Dress up like the Tooth Fairy. Make dental health care fun, not scary. Determine how much each tooth is worth to you.
February National Retro Day
Remember the good ol’ days? Most of us think of the good old days as days when we were young and life was easier and more fun. As we age things generally become more complicated and difficult to deal with. Moments of pure joy are harder to find and a number of our dreams are lost to the vacuum of time. Well today is the day we revisit those dreams, moments of joy and our youth. Going back to when things were easier and every day was a present from God to open up and enjoy. Just as it should be today.
How to celebrate – Break out the photo album and take yourself back to when you were happiest. Allow others to celebrate their favorite era without judgement. Make the good ol’ days a part of your everyday.
February 26th National Tell A Fairy Tale Day
Fairy Tales have been a part of most of our lives, either told to us by our parents or on tv. They are stories meant to teach us valuable lessons. They teach us about heroes and villains and what makes each of them who they are. They are stories handed down over the ages and honestly, the meaning doesn’t vary all that much even though the times do. Some of the Fairy Tales even defeat themselves as in the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales which were meant to scare children. Because the brothers did not like children!
How to celebrate – Tell your child a fairy tale. Create your own fairy tale. Make a list of all the Fairy Tales you can remember without looking them up.
February 25th National Pistol Patent Day
We celebrate the pistol patent today and Samuel Colt who sort of made the patent in Europe in 1835 and the US in 1836. It is patent #138. This is somewhat confusing to me however. Colt invented the revolver, not the pistol. By definition, the revolver is a weapon that contains a cylinder that revolves around the hammer, a pistol is an automatic, or semi-automatic where the ammo is delivered by a clip. But then, does it really matter? Let’s all call it a side arm and everyone can agree.
How to celebrate – Learn to fire a pistol/revolver. Learn weapon safety. Read about Samuel Colt’s life.
Here’s another one of those bizarre holidays that no one seems to have placed on this day but somehow it ended up here anyway. Bartenders have been around since time began, in fact the first person to ever serve a drink of any kind was a bartender. Not only do they learn how to make drinks but they have to learn how to listen to others as well. It probably has something to do with drinking alcohol but for some reason we all tend to tell our problems to bartenders. Maybe it’s so we don’t have to pay such high rates for professional help. However, a bartender is a professional as well so maybe there is something there after all.
How to celebrate – Go to a bar! Become a bartender yourself. Find out what is really in a Harvey Wallbanger!
Today we celebrate the creation of tennis. Ah, no one seems to know why today was chosen but I suppose it’s as good as any other day. Walter Wingfield maybe have invented tennis at Pimlico, England in 1874 when he created lawn tennis. I do find it curious that February was picked since much of the world is still covered by snow. Have you ever tried to play tennis in the snow? Ice would be interesting, snow… not so much so. Tennis use to be a sport for the rich, today practically anyone can play. It offers a great workout, is fun to play and gets you out in the great outdoors.
How to celebrate – Go play tennis! Get a new tennis outfit. Try playing tennis on ice but remember the padding.