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.
Today is the original President’s Day, it’s George Washington’s birthday. Washington was born in 1732. He spent most of his life before the Revolution as a soldier and planter, and in 1789 he became the first President of the United States. He had been offered to be made King but refused it realizing, among other things, the world did not need another King George! He would be President until 1797 when he retired, dying two years later on December 14th, 1799.
How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Read about Washington’s life. Visit Mount Vernon.
Remember back when the only way to get a card was through the mail or hand delivered for a special occasion? It was such a joy to receive a card from someone for the holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and sometimes… just for no reason at all. The world has changed, today email and digital cards are more popular and probably more practical. However, they don’t actually mean the same thing. You can’t put them up on your mantel or display them for others to see (well you can if you print them out or make them your desktop background). There is something special about getting a card from someone, it’s even better if it’s from someone you know.
How to celebrate – Send someone a card today. Go to the store and read through all the cards in the card section. Start writing your own cards.
Most of us have some kind of pet, a dog, a cat, a bird even a fish. The list can go on and on, I even had a pet bull once in my life (no I won’t explain). The thing about animals are, they can be, and generally are, that friend that we don’t ever have to explain anything to, that doesn’t care what we look like when we get up, or pass judgement in some of our worst moments. They are our friends, our babies, and sometimes a reflection of who we are. So stop and let your pet know you love them. They do that every time they see you.
How to celebrate – Give your pet a hug today (unless your pet is a fish). Give your pet a treat for no reason at all. Spend the day with your pet, you won’t regret it.