December 28th Card Playing Day

Oh, the weather outside is frightful but playing cards inside is delightful… so if it’s snowing, break out the cards. Most of us know at least one card game we can play, a lot of us know a bunch of card games we can play and a few of us know too many card games we can play. Cards do help us pass time and they help us learn to concentrate and focus. It’s also a great time to talk 9over things that have happened and learn about family members and friends. The act of playing cards generally involves other people, though it doesn’t have to so it can equally be a time to think through things and on your mind.

How to celebrate – Get some friends together and play cards. List as many card games as you can without looking them up. If you are really bored, try stacking cards.

December 9th Christmas Card Day

If you send out Christmas Cards it’s a good idea to send them out today so the people you send can get them before Christmas. The mailing of Christmas Cards has become a lost art, with e-cards the idea of buying cards and sending them snail mail seems almost as old as the day Sir Henry Cole first created the Christmas Card in 1843. The card was meant to tell people you were thinking of them during the holidays and wished them a happy time as they celebrated. Today we can send a card over the internet and have it arrive the same day we send it. So if that is your plan maybe you can wait a few more days.

How to celebrate – Make your Christmas Card list. Send out your Christmas Cards today. Remember the family photo!

October 3rd World Card Making Day

Remember back when Greeting Cards use to be sent by mail. Seeing one in your mailbox was always a joy. E-cards are really cool, you can have them animated and with music but they just aren’t quite the same. Those Christmas Cards with the family portrait, the birthday greetings with some silly picture or statement, or both. Well today promotes the idea of going back to those days by creating your own cards. Now I suppose you can do that online if you are some computer wiz but that ability is beyond most of us. So today, create your own card and send it out. You probably will surprise someone but make them very happy as well.

How to celebrate – Make your own greeting card. Make it a family project. Remember it’s not the quality of the art but the thought that matters.

February 21st Card Reading Day

Remember back when the only way to get a card was through the mail or hand delivered for a special occasion? It was such a joy to receive a card from someone for the holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and sometimes… just for no reason at all. The world has changed, today email and digital cards are more popular and probably more practical. However, they don’t actually mean the same thing. You can’t put them up on your mantel or display them for others to see (well you can if you print them out or make them your desktop background). There is something special about getting a card from someone, it’s even better if it’s from someone you know.

How to celebrate – Send someone a card today. Go to the store and read through all the cards in the card section. Start writing your own cards.

December 28th Card Playing Day

Now that the major part of the holidays are done it’s time to relax (although New Years is still yet to come). One of the best ways to relax, and still keep your mind busy, is to play cards (maybe not poker though). Playing cards is a fun way to pass the time and carry on conversations while not sitting around doing nothing. It can be challenging, somewhat exciting and always contains a bit of luck. Kids can spend hours playing cards, some games like slap jack and spoons can get a little noisy but if it happens to be snowing outside, or too cold to go out, it’s a good way to contain their energy. Cards also keep your mind sharp.

How to celebrate – Play a card game. Organize a Bridge tournament. Learn a new card game.

March 24th National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Well, it seems like we tend to celebrate a lot of days that really aren’t all tat important. I don’t think i would put Chocolate Covered Raisins at the top of my list unless I were planning on playing Bridge today. Not that there is anything wrong with chocolate covered raisins, I do like them but I do not know that I would go as far as to actually celebrate them. On the other hand, they should, or could, be named a health food. After all, chocolate comes from the cocoa bean which is a vegetable and raisins are a fruit, so when we eat chocolate covered raisins we are eating our fruits and veggies! I just think the sugar involved here may sort of take it out of the range of most health foods. Still, it is a way to have something sweet and make the world think you are just being patriotic by eating them, after all it is national. Though I don’t think the government actually sees them that way.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate covered raisins. Eat your fruit and vegetables. Play Bridge.

February 21st Card Reading Day

You know all those cards you saved over the holidays, intending to read them sometime? Well today is the day to finally read them, or re-read them, and then maybe throw them away! It’s also the opportunity to read, or re-read, those e-cards sent to you and then delete them! Remember to keep a list of those who sent you cards so that you remember to send them to those same people next holiday!

Cards are not the same anymore. I love e-cards but they do seem a little impersonal. They are much more elaborate than the regular cards one can send, and a lot less expensive! You can also wait to send them until the last minute if you are that type. (And who among us isn’t!)

Cards do mean a lot, whether they are hard copy or e-cards. They let someone know you care and are thinking of them. That really does mean a lot when we are so busy with all we have to do. They make the days brighter for those sending as well as those receiving.

How to celebrate – Re-read cards you have received. Check out your future with Tarot cards. (Just don’t believe in them) Design your own cards to send out.

December 28th National Card Playing Day

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire insides delightful. And since we’ve no place to go…” let’s play cards! Actually cards are pretty cool any time of the year, but there is just something about playing cards when it’s nasty outside that really helps to pass time.

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The whole family can get involved or it could be just the kids, or just the parents! There are so many variations of cards that’s you can find something for nearly everyone. They don’t get in the way of your snacks or drink, you can carry on a conversation and still play the game.. maybe not very well, but that’s not the important part!

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Often playing cards is just an excuse to get your friends or family together when you really don’t have a reason otherwise. You can make the games as complicated or as simple as you want. The games can be short or long and you can play them alone or with an entire crowd of people.

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Cards were supposedly invented in 9th century China during the Tang Dynasty. It seems like nearly everything came from China (Just like today)! So, where did the Kings, Queens and Jacks come from? Shouldn’t they be Emperors, Empress and a Prince? Maybe they were changed when they got to Europe.

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At any rate, if you do play cards today and happen to get a Royal Flush, play the lotto tonight.

How to celebrate – Play cards! Make up your own new card game! Design your own cards.

February 21st Read A Card Day

It seems a little odd that today is read a card day since there is no real holiday associated with it. However, it still can be a good day to read a card. Particularly to re-read a card that you have already received. Or to send one you meant to sent. I mean, how cool would it be to receive a card for no reason at all!?!

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Or how about leaving one to a co-worker, of course unsigned. They’ll be wondering all day who gave them the card. Although, in the world today maybe that’s not such a good idea. Sad, you can’t really be nice to anyone anymore.

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And Heaven forbid anyone give out Valentine Day Cards anymore. After-all, that means someone may like you… we can’t have that anymore now can we!?!

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I think it’s still safe to read a baseball card. It’s pretty cool, it has all kinds of information on the back of the card. Of course it depends on whether they are a pitcher or a position player. And then you have to read all those years where they were getting started (Normally not so good) but then as they rose through the ranks it gets pretty interesting. I always find it a little interesting that when a player can hit safely 3 times out of 10 they are considered a really good hitter and get paid millions of dollars. I couldn’t, but then I am not earning millions of dollars for doing it either.

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So if baseball isn’t your sport you can always get football cards, or basketball cards, or… well, if anything is popular you can get a card of someone that plays, acts or is a star of some kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had cards like those for the everyday worker. The back of the card could be like hobbies, interests and jail records!

How to celebrate – Enjoy getting a card while you still can. Enjoy giving a card while you still can. Make up cards for people where you work, it should get a few laughs!

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.