February 12th Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809. His begins were humble, his education basically what he taught himself and he wasn’t the happiest man on earth. He had a sense of right from wrong and used that to his advantage but his best quality may have been that he listened to others. It doesn’t mean that he always agreed, but he listened. Since his roots came from the common man he could relate to them and never thought himself better than anyone else. Lincoln was shot on April 14th, 1865 as the Civil War was winding down. In death, he may have accomplished even more than he did in life. We celebrate his birthday as much for who he was as what he became.

How to celebrate – Remember Lincoln today. Research why he did what he did, you might be surprised with the answers. Watch a movie about Lincoln.

October 5th World Card Making Day

There is nothing better than getting a handmade Christmas, Birthday or any holiday card. Kids love to make cards for their friends and family. It gives them hours of enjoyment thinking up who to send them to, how to design them and then the act of mailing them out. And frankly, I think a hand made card means more than those bought in the store. (Not that the store bought ones are bad.) With Christmas coming up it’s a great time to start making those cards for the holidays. Actually you don’t need a holiday to send a card, you don’t need a birthday or wait for someone to get sick, just go ahead and send out a card because you are thinking of someone.

How to celebrate – Plan a card making day. Get your list of those you want to send cards to. Write a poem to put inside your card.

February 22nd George Washington’s Birthday

Today is George Washington’s birthday… well, since he’s not around anymore it was George Washington’s birthday. He was born February 22nd, 1732. He was a wealthy farmer and soldier before the Revolutionary War and led the meager American forces during the revolution.

The war ended in 1781 meaning Washington was 49 when peace came about. Back then, that was considered fairly old. He became President in 1787, six years later so that would have made him 55. Many wanted to make him King but I think he had seen enough of a King George during the war and refused.Being the first of anything is tough and I cannot even imagine what it must have been to be the first President.

Washington died in 1799. He was 67 or maybe 68. A life well lived. He wasn’t perfect but then… who is?

How to celebrate – Throw a George Washington birthday party. Visit Williamsburg. Make some cherry pie.

October 11th It’s My Party Day

Why do we always wait for a birthday or Christmas or Halloween to have a party? Everyday is worth celebrating so everyday should be a party day. You can always find something to celebrate, even if it’s just being alive.

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Of course this is the season for it. So many things to celebrate. Fall, Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and a bunch of Jewish and Arab holidays I can’t begin to spell. There are all sort of parties to have too. Costume, masquerade, football (College), beer, extend October Fest, and of course, just a party for the sake of having  a party.

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A sixteen year old Leslie Gore sang about it in 1963 and turned it into a hit. Of course in her version she cried a lot but then you sort of expect that with a sixteen year old girl. (Or boy in some cases)

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You could even throw a party for your animals! I mean why not!?! They give a lot to you (Some of which you may not want) so give a little back to them! They may not appreciate all you do for the party but at least you can enjoy the party for them.

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How to celebrate – Throw a party for some bizarre reason and confuse everybody. Claim every day is your birthday! Throw a party for someone you don’t even know.

February 21st Card Reading Day

Ever hear the quote, “It’s in the cards” ? Well, it’s supposed to be what comes in your future, but the past may have something to do with that too. No one is exactly sure what cards are supposed to be read today though. Is it supposed to be the greeting card? Those cards sent to you on your birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day? Does anyone even send cards anymore or are we talking ecards here?

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Or maybe they are talking about the Tarot cards, that tell the future. Does anyone believe in the Tarot cards? Can something so random as picking a card out of a deck spell out what your future is? Maybe if you draw the same cards over and over again it might prove something, or is that tempting fate?  And who says that what your fate is can even be related into cards. None of us are the exact same person so how can a card spell out someone’s future when it is likely people will draw the same cards as others.

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Or could they be talking about the playing card? I remember when playing cards was a fun thing to do. People don’t do that all that much anymore… too many computer choices. But they used to play bridge or hearts or whatever. It led to great conversation and who could resist those chocolate covered raisins!?!

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And who are “they” anyway!?! The dealers, the gamblers, the card sharks? Does it really matter who “they” are? Probably not.

How to celebrate – Find some sort of card to read today. Send out a card, ecard or whatever kind of card you want. Start a card collection.