February 22nd George Washington’s Birthday

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.

February 21st Card Reading Day

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.

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

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.

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

If you like chocolate and mint, this is your day. I am pretty sure that someone, one day, added mint to their chocolate and a new flavor was invented. People liked it so much that even botanists were able to mix a chocolate plant with a mint plant and create a naturally growing chocolate mint plant – well at least that’s how I think it started. I do like chocolate mint. Just like any flavoring I think maybe we get a bit carried away with its use, but that said, it is refreshing and makes a good thing perhaps a little better.

How to celebrate – See how many things you can name made with chocolate mint. Try different types of mint with your chocolate. Add a chocolate mint plant to your garden.

February 18th National Battery Day

Today we celebrate the battery. Invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800 it was then called the Voltaic Pile. Benjamin Franklin, among others, played with the idea of the battery as far back as the mid 1700’s. Some even dabbled with the idea of the battery further back than that. Today we rely on the battery in our cars, telephones and any electrical device we use away from an electric plug. We have not yet perfected the battery but it is getting better. What may have lasted for only a few minutes originally has been improved to last sometimes up to a month with out recharge, a few even longer than that.

How to celebrate – Make a list of all the things you use daily that runs by battery. Remember to recharge those batteries you haven’t charged lately. See how many battery making companies you can name.

February 17th President’s Day

Today is President’s Day. Well, not really but we will pretend it is. The first President’s Day was celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided we needed to add Abraham Lincoln to the mix, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that it didn’t matter what date it was on so long as it fell on a Monday (The third Monday in February) so government workers could have a three day weekend. Later it was decided that it really should include all Presidents but the date was kept the same. So this year, it is between Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, not that anyone intended it be that way.

How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.

February 16th Do A Grouch A Favor Day

Know somebody you would call a grouch? Most of us think they are just grouchy by nature but in reality, something caused them to be grouchy. If you do them a favor (and I don’t mean ignoring them) maybe they won’t be so grouchy! We all suffer set-backs, which is generally what tends to make one grouchy. It’s not that something has gone wrong, it’s that everything seems to have gone wrong. The best way to change that is by one thing going right. Maybe it will only take a smile, or maybe a little more, but one way or the other, it will be worth it.

How to celebrate – Find someone you would call grouchy and send them a happy text or smile. Find some favor you can do for them to start to make them feel better. Think about who might feel you are a grouch.