July 10th National Pina Colada Day

National Pina Colada Day – July 10th

“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain…” Bet you didn’t know that the Pina Colada wasn’t invented in 1963 at a club called Barrachina in Puerto Rico!

Made with White Rum, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Cream it can be one of the most refreshing drinks ever!

Imagine yourself sitting on the beach, watching the waves gently roll in while sipping a Pina Colada, with or without crushed ice! It doesn’t get much better than that.

How to celebrate – Have a Pina Colada today! Make virgin Coladas so the kids can sip along with you. Sing the Pina Colada song and see if others want to go out for a drink after work!

July 8th Video Game Day

Today is National Video Game Day, not to be confused with September 12th National Video Games Day. There are enough video games out there that more than one day to celebrate is probably good. I remember when video games first came out, they were simple and not very exciting, except that it was something new. Over the years, games have gotten more and more complex and even addicting. I must admit, I am a video game freak. I love the challenge until it gets way too hard and then frustration sets in. I absolutely love Red Dead by Rock Star games and then there is the classic Pac-Man that I still adore today. It is amazing. Whether you like video games or not you have to admire the work done by some very smart people.

How to celebrate – Try a video game out. Look through all the choices, there has to be something there to interest you especially now that we have game apps on our phones. Don’t get hooked, it’s easy to do.

June 19th Father’s Day

Father’s Day, in some places better known as St. Joseph’s Day, was first thought of in the US by Grace Golden Clayton in December 1907 when she brought the idea up to her pastor.  Mother’s Day was already being celebrated and only seemed fair that there should be a day for Father’s as well. Fairmont, West Virginia celebrated the day on July 5th, 1908 with Grace and her church celebrating a “Day for Father”. It didn’t go over too well, it seems it conflicted with the celebration on July 4th, our Country’s birthday.

So Father’s Day disappeared for a while.  Sonora Smart Dodd brought the idea up again, placing the date on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It fared a little better but still did not take off until she brought in back in the 1930’s. Maybe it had something to do with the depression and people needing a reason to celebrate, or maybe it was because so many fathers were disappearing because they coud not deal with the pressures of having to take care of a family when they had no way to do it. It made those fathers that stuck it out seem all that much more valuable. Still, Congress refused to allow the holiday as a national celebration.

Then finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated by the entire country to honor their fathers.

Now I know fathers can be good, or bad, or even non-existent. I can only speak about my own father. My father has been an inspiration to me. He always seems to know the right thing to do, the right things to say and what is important. He is always there when I need him.  Whether I agreed with his opinion or not growing up, I felt the need to respect what he said. I have learned a lot of very valuable things from him.. it wasn’t math or science, reading or writing… it was about showing up, about standing up for people that could not stand up for themselves, and it was about listening.

A father doesn’t always say things but they nearly always do something. He doesn’t have to be a carpenter to build you a tree house. He doesn’t have to be a teacher to educate you. He just has to be there. Here’s to all the fathers that show up. Happy Father’s Day!

How to celebrate: Just spend some time with your dad or any other person you consider a father figure in your life. Buy him a gift that means something, not that just satisfies your need to give something. Take an interest in what your father does, even if it isn’t something you understand, after all, he’s done that for you all your lifetime.

May 3rd Paranormal Day

Today is… May 3rd #Paranormal Day

The term Paranormal (Meaning: Para- above or beyond and Normal – Ah, well, normal) has only been around since 1920. Paranormal is the phenomena in pop culture, folklore and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. This includes; angels, demons, ghosts, extraterrestrial life, UFO’s, psychic abilities, extrasensory perception and Cryptids (Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, werewolves, etc.). Anthropologist George Frazer, in his book “The Golden Bough” explains the soul is a creature in an animated body.

Sometimes we find ourselves caught between what we can understand and what we can’t.

Are there ghosts, monsters, UFO’s in the world? Maybe, it all depends on what you believe in. Perhaps they are nothing but our imagination, coming alive in the right setting at the right time.

April 26th National Pretzel Day

Though the pretzel is often associated with German food, or snacks, it actually was created around 610 AD in Southern France by Catholic Monks. Some insist that pretzels first appeared in Italy, also made by Monks, who created them as treats for children who said their prayers. The original pretzels were designed to look like arms folded over the chest, as if saying prayers. Of course the Germans claim some credit for the first pretzel as well so about all we do know is that it was created in Europe, somewhere. The first pretzel in the United States was made by Julius Sturgis in 1850 at Lititz, Pennsylvania. While today has some listing a 1983 Pretzel Day we do know that Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania made a pretzel holiday in 2003.

How to celebrate – Have a pretzel today. Learn how to make your own pretzel. Visit a German restuarant.

April 25th World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day was created, along with Jan. 20th Penguin Awareness Day, to help preserve one of our more adorable assets… the Penguin. The flightless birds gather in Antarctica, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, the Falkland Islands and the Galapagos Islands. Always properly dressed for dinner, or any special occasion, come in 17 or 20 varieties with the most popular being the Emperor that can live up to 20 years.

How to celebrate – Visit the Galapagos Islands. Reads about the struggles of the Penguin. Watch Batman.

April 22nd Earth Day (U.S.)

Earth Day was created in the United States in 1962 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in order to bring awareness to our destruction of the environment we live in. President John F. Kennedy supported the idea and help spread the word through is administration. As the “Father of Earth Day”, Nelson did not stop with the U.S. however, introducing the “Protest” to the destruction of the environment to the world as “Earth Day” in 1970. As a direct result of the success of Earth Day the Environmental Protection Agency was formed as a governmental watchdog.

How to celebrate – Read about the history of Earth Day. Plant something on Earth Day. Get involved in trying to protect our environment.

April 5th National Deep Dish Pizza Day

April 5th National Deep-Dish Pizza Day

It was probably not the Italians that invented the pizza. History shows us it was the Greeks, actually Greek soldiers. Byzantine Greek’s calls pizza, “nita”, meaning “pie. The Romans added Bay Leaves and certainly advanced the world’s knowledge of pizza.

Though it probably was here in America before 1905, the first official pizza was sold that year. Since then (According to 1997 statistics) 2 billion pounds of pizza are made a year.

How to celebrate – Have a pizza. Create your own style of pizza. Re-enact being a Greek soldier.

March 26th Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

We have all sorts of holidays available to us to celebrate, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and so on and so on. So why not make up your own holiday!?! Sure, maybe you haven’t done the things that St. Patrick or Jesus did but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a holiday named after you and or any day you think should be celebrated. Today was made available, apparently, by the Wellness Permission League. So why not have a holiday just for yourself, your family and your friends… after-all, you deserve it.

How to celebrate – Decide what holiday you want to create. Set a date for the holiday. Decide how to celebrate your holiday.

March 25th International Waffle Day

Waffles are generally made from flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. They are thought to be a breakfast food, or a snack, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. I was a little surprised to find out that the first record of waffles being served was back in 1300’s Greece. International Waffle Day was created in Sweden, it’s called Vaffeldagan Day there. Of course the most famous waffles come from Belgium, almost halfway between Greece and Sweden.

How to celebrate – Make some waffles. Try different kinds of waffles. Visit Sweden!