December 28th National Card Playing Day

Okay, you’re tired of the gifts you got for Christmas by now, tired of running around shopping and going to parties, tired of shoveling snow or going on sleigh rides… chill out, play cards!

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Card playing has been around for centuries! People have been playing cards almost since the beginning of recorded history. It’s a great way to pass some time and talk to your friends and family members while not just sitting there like a bump on a log.

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Now there are those who take their card playing very seriously. They develop strategies and styles to play. There are even those that count cards and mark cards so they can shave the odds in their favor (but I would not suggest this in a casino). I really haven’t played a lot of poker in my life but when I have, it gets a little ruthless so you might want to pick friendlier games.

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There are many, many kids versions of card games as well and if you need a little quiet time, suggest the kids play cards. Though they can still make a lot of noise, generally speaking they don’t as they are concentrating on what they are doing with their cards.

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And while artists like to show dogs playing cards I have never actually seen that. I have seen dogs eat cards, but that’s an entirely different blog. Cards are a great way to keep your mind active while letting your body relax.

How to celebrate – Play cards today! Make up your own card game (maybe one only you know how to win). Learn how to do magic with cards.

 

June 4th National Old Maids Day

We all know what an old maid is, though I suppose it is not politically anymore it has stayed with us since it first came into use. in the old days, back even before I was born, women were generally married by the age of sixteen, sometimes even younger. Of course the average life span back then was only 30 so at 16 they had already lived half of their life!

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The actual term though came right after World War 2 ended in 1946. Many soldiers were still stationed in Europe and some women had been waiting four years for their loved ones to come home. Since they were past the age they would normally have married at, they were considered old maids.

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Now don’t blame me for the term, or the day, I had nothing to do with either. In fact many women had learned skills that no longer required them to have a man in their lives to survive.  They might still have been considered an old maid but they really didn’t care.

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In fact, they even made a card game out of it where the object is not to get stuck with the old maid. Perhaps today it would be better to say whoever ends up with the old maid card is the winner!

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I know whenever I think of an old maid, I think of a well rounded, educated and playful woman who, though perhaps aged like a fine wine, just keeps getting better and better. (Did I get that right?)

How to celebrate – Think of all the “Old Maids” you have ever heard of in history. (I’ll bet every one of them is famous!) Play a game of Old Maid with your kids! (Who ever ends up with the old maid card wins!) Start a petition to change the term to “well seasoned woman”.