Nov. 30th National Mason Jar Day
Patent #22186 gave John Landis Mason the exclusive right to
produce his revolutionary new lid for the screwneck bottle. It kept the food inside safe from bacteria
and preserved freshness and taste at a time when people were regularly getting
sick and even dying from poisoning. An entire industry changed for the better,
food lasted longer and could be served the year round. We, at Unboxing the
Bizarre, created today. We are honored to be among the others who have created
days they wish to have remembered for the same reason as we have done. So they
are never forgotten.
How to celebrate – Think of all the uses you have for Mason
jars. Start your own Mason jar collection. Think about all the little
inventions that have changed your life forever.
Thanksgiving is over and we have all been thankful, now it’s time to recognize that and say, you’re welcome. We do things for one another all the time and sometimes we get thanked, sometimes we don’t, the thought of saying you’re welcome does not always seem very important. It may or may not be important, but the thought is. Whether someone says thank you or not you should always say you’re welcome… even if that’s just to yourself. So today, after being thankful yesterday, say you’re welcome to those you’ve done things for. They may actually say thank you in response.
How to celebrate – Say you’re welcome to those you’ve helped. Do something that gets someone to say thank you. Remember to always say, you’re welcome.
Today we celebrate all those things we are thankful for. Family, country, careers, friends… you name it, then be thankful for it. The first Thanksgiving was celebrate in 1621 and went on for three days. Of course, they didn’t have football games to watch back then or it might have lasted longer! It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress set the date for Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In the past, it has been celebrate in September or October before finally ending up in November. If you think about it, there really is a lot to be thankful for. We eat, drink and watch out favorite movies (Or football) on Thanksgiving Day, all the company of our loved ones and friends which is what it really is all about. The food is nice, the entertainment good but having our friends and family with us is everything.
How to celebrate – Make this Thanksgiving a special day for all. Know what you are thankful for. Dress up like a Pilgrim, or a Native American, or even a turkey.
Feeling anxious, nervous? Well today we celebrate the play that announced the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union into world wide recognition. It was done with a play called, “Pins and Needles” and appeared on Broadway in 1937. For a while, it was the longest running play on Broadway with over 1100 performances. It was written by Harold Rome and appeared at the Labor Stage Theater in New York City. It was about the struggles of the women working the garment industry and their lives in what amounted to sweat shops.
How to celebrate – Learn about the Garment Industry in New York in the early 1900’s. Learn about the Unions in New York City. Put on your own version of “Pins and Needles”.
Like we really need this, a shopping reminder day. Some call it “Black Friday”, others call it the day after Thanksgiving, some call it a day to sleep. Now if you are busy you might need to be reminded to shop for loved ones and friends. This is, however, a very important day to retail shops. With most people shopping on line these days, stores really need the business. So maybe this should be Shopping At A Store Reminder Day. I think there may come a time when there are no stores, which may be acceptable to many but we must remember those working at the stores and the store owners themselves. So get busy shopping. If you are famous you may want a disguise.
How to celebrate – Go shopping. Dress up like Santa and go shopping. Get a newspaper to study the sales.
You could have pie, or cake, or any type of dessert today but why not have a parfait? Normally made with layers of ice cream, whipped cream and fruit it really can be made with any flavoring you choose. It can also be made with yogurt. We tend to think that if it is made with yogurt it is healthier but it really isn’t. And it doesn’t have to be fruit either, it can be nuts, granola, seeds… you name it. The general idea is to layer your dessert for different tastes with every bite. This might not be exactly a historic day or even a very important day, unless you are in the dairy industry. You can be different as well, try a parfait with veggies and cheese, meat and potatoes or even bits of candy. It is your parfait, make it your way.
How to celebrate – Have a parfait. Make a pumpkin parfait for Thanksgiving! Experiment with your parfait.
Well depending on whether you are a follower of Darwin or not, you may or may not believe in evolution. The discovery of “Lucy” by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray in 1971 goes a long way to proving our ancestors may have been monkeys. Of course, they may not be as well. In all reality we may never know. “Lucy” was an Australopithecus Afarenisis, or an ape. If some of the scientists believe we may be related to apes, I guess it is possible that some of our Uncles are apes, but if our Uncles are apes then doesn’t that mean the rest of us are apes too!?! (Or did our Aunts just have strange taste in men?) So, do you think you are a monkey? (And yes I know monkeys and apes are not the same thing)
How to celebrate – Go see “Lucy”. Build a tree house. Start a family tree.
We celebrate, and challenge, you to adopt someone new into your family. It is an important day to think about and maybe even act on. There are thousands of children that have no home to go to. Can you imagine having no place to go or to have no one care about what you do? It’s bad enough for adults but for children it’s even worse. Today always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, maybe in the hopes that you will set a new place at your Thanksgiving table for someone who has no place to go. Since it’s followed by Christmas, why not let them stay over? You might just find out that the biggest reward is not in what you offer, but what you receive.
How to celebrate – Consider adoption. Make someone’s life better. Look for the good in people.
Looking for a way to break the tension in your life? Well try going for a ride! Maybe you should pick some back country roads of a nice lane in a forest… highways tend to make your stress a little higher. When my son was a baby, twenty some years ago, we use to drive him around to help him fall asleep. It normally worked. Now we drive my dog around! It doesn’t put her to sleep but it seems to make her happy! I know a lot of great artists like to drive around to get ideas, scientist to clear their heads and teenagers for, well… something altogether different. And if you own a Tesla, you don’t even have to drive!
How to celebrate – Go for a ride. Buy a new car! Get an RV so you have more room!
It’s funny what comes out of war sometimes. Not that war is funny but people often come up with things they may not otherwise think of. During the Civil War, among other things, it was instant coffee. The Revolutionary War gave us a whole new country! And the War between Egypt and Israel in 1973, it was Hello Day. Brian and Michael McCormack decided that maybe if we greeted ten people each with a “hello” we might eventually achieve Global Peace. Well, things haven’t exactly gone that way, the thought is good, but only if everyone participates. Have you been doing your part?
How to celebrate – Say hello to at least ten people. Try saying hello to people in ten different countries! Learn how to say hello in ten different languages.