September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman, alias Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26th, 1774. He was reported to be a very religious man who loved animals and set out from New York to help plant apple orchards all across America. Records reveal he probably didn’t make it past Ohio back then, but that was all across the America he knew of. Other reports say he was not a very nice man, who helped plant these orchards and then later came back to claim them as his own costing the actual owners thousands of dollars. I have no idea which is true but it doesn’t really matter, today is his birthday and either way he has become a legend in our folklore.

How to celebrate – Have an apple in honor of John Chapman. Visit an apple orchard. Make an apple pie!

September 25th National Comic Book Day

When I was younger I loved my comic books. Of course back then they were a little different than they are now. Okay, they were a lot different. We had Superman and Batman but they weren’t as popular as Classics Illustrated which were comic books but were historical in nature. They dealt with real people doing real things. I am not sure when all our kid’s heroes started becoming something they could never be or achieve, but they have. While comic books are still fun they are no longer educational and in some cases maintain adult content. So maybe comic books aren’t as big with kids anymore, maybe they are still being sold to us relics that never totally grew up.

How to celebrate – Read a comic book. See if you can find any of the old comic books. Start a comic book collection (it will be costly). Make your own comic book.

September 24th National Cherries Jubilee Day

Well, if you are going to have a dessert, this is a good one to have! You get the sweetness of ripe cherries, the bite of cognac or brandy, and the balance of vanilla ice cream all to savor. And… You can set it on fire! Presentation is half of the enjoyment! Though kids love this, it’s meant for adults. I found no real history on cherries jubilee, I would bet it’s a French thing. Anyway, it’s a fun dessert and works either during the heat of summer or the cold of winter.

How to celebrate – Have some cherries jubilee! Try another fruit instead of cherries – raspberry jubilee, kiwi jubilee, blueberry jubilee. Forget the cherries and vanilla ice cream and just go for the cognac or brandy!

September 23rd Fall Equinox

Sept 23rd Fall Equinox (Autumn)

Today fall begins, well halfway through the day anyway, or in Florida’s case at 3:50 AM. I won’t be up to welcome it in. Supposedly today is nearly equal in the amount of daylight and the length of the night. I again am not planning on proving this myself. Fall brings the most holidays we celebrate and so it is normally welcomed by nearly everyone. 

How to celebrate – Welcome fall and the change in the color of the trees (they don’t change much in Florida). Get ready for the coming holidays. Visit a pumpkin patch!

September 22nd Hobbit Day

You would have to (not) have been living under a rock if you have no idea what a Hobbit is :). J. R. R. Tolkien created the creature who looks human but is smaller and very hairy. It lives in the same world that Elves exist in and can be the best of friends, or the worst of enemies, depending on what else is involved. Frodo and Bilbo Baggins are the most famous Hobbits, staring in a number of films, as well as Tolkien’s novels. The day was created by the American Tolkien Society in 1978. It’s funny how books can change one’s perspective of life and how we can learn things from them that make our own lives better.

How to celebrate – Read “The Hobbit”. Watch the trilogy of movies. Dress up like a Hobbit.

September 21st World Gratitude Day

Are you thankful for the things and people in your life? You should be because you would not have what you have, or be who you are, without them. Today was created by the International East-West Center in Hawaii during a Thanksgiving Feast in 1965. Most of us are thankful for our families, for being able to enjoy those things in life that make us happy, and for the freedom to strive for those things that make us happy. We can’t always have them, but you should be thankful for even having the right to try for them. Life is what you make it, you might as well make it the best you can, and be grateful to those who have helped you along the way.

How to celebrate – Thank the people around you for being who they are. Do something to make someone else happy. Do what you need to to make yourself happy.

September 20th National Punch Day

This day is open to your celebrating a number of different things, since none are highlighted I guess it’s your choice! You can punch someone (in the arm), you can have punch as a drink, you can use the tool called a punch to cut through wood or metal, or you can celebrate Punch and Judy the puppets. I am sure there are probably more punches out there that I’m not familiar with. So pick your punch and celebrate, but if it’s the hitting kind, be nice! Maybe you can celebrate them all on the same day if you are ambitious!

How to celebrate – Pick your punch and go for it. Dress up like Punch (from Punch and Judy). Remember all those times as a kid you tried to spike the punch!