May 2nd Brother and Sister Day

I know not every brother and sister relationship is perfect but most come close and family is always family. I do not have any brothers but I have two sisters that I adore. They are always there for me and I try to be there for them as well. (Though I don’t always get there) We’ve had our moments too but we always seem to get over them and move on and there is no one I trust more. Love your family because some day they will be gone and you’ll never have that relationship again, at least here on earth.

How to celebrate – Spend time with your brother or sister or both. Plan a family reunion. Do something special for the special people in your life.

April 9th Name Yourself Day

Don’t like the name your parents gave you? (And a lot of us don’t) Then change it! Our parents normally have very good intentions but sometimes they miss the goal by just a smidge. Naming us after relatives, sometimes ones that lived 200 years ago, does not make for great names in society today. Now I have to admit that I do not understand some of the names people use today, If you can’t pronounce them, or it takes you a year or better to figure them out, maybe they aren’t so good. But as long as the person has the name is okay with the name, then what else really matters?

How to celebrate – Test out a new name for a day and see if you like it. Ask why you were given the name you have. Try a nickname out for size.

March 7th Namesake Day

It is an honor to have something named after you, a child, a street, even a pet! That means that someone thought so highly of you that they wanted to keep your name a part of their lives by naming something that every time they call it, or speak of it, they will think of you. I am named for my two grandfathers, having ones first name and the others middle name. Of course there are certain names that should probably not be passed on no matter what. Ask why you got the name you ended up with, I’ll bet there’s some sort of story there.

How to celebrate – Think of people you would like to honor by using their names. Research family names and ask if any of them were “handed down”. Pick out your favorite names and then try to fond a reason to use them.

January 29th National Puzzle Day

Puzzle are apart of our everyday life. Some are simple to solve, others more difficult. making lunch is a puzzle if you haven’t got any idea what to make. of course there are math puzzles and word puzzles but probably the most popular is the Jigsaw Puzzle. I remember spending hours working on puzzles as a kid. It was always more fun to do it with friends or family, actually it was probably more fun spending time with them than doing the puzzle. I do wish I had saved some of those puzzles now as pleasant memories spent with good people.

How to celebrate – Get together with the family and put a puzzle together. Think about all the puzzles in life. Do a family puzzle.

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.

August 12th Middle Child’s Day

Life is rough if you happen to be the middle child of the family. Well, not really but let’s pretend like it is. Often considered the “forgotten” child, the middle child supposedly suffers from the hand-me-downs of the older child and all the attention going to the youngest child. There is probably a portion of truth to the “Middle Child Syndrome” but I think that also has many different factors that can come into play. I am a middle child, but I have two sisters and being the only boy I never really suffered from any of those things middle children complain of.

How to celebrate – Be proud of being a middle child. Show your middle child some special love today. Look at all the things you receive as a child, not what you didn’t get.

August 11th Son And Daughter Day

If you look at the “Perfect” family it would contain a mother and father, son and daughter. Of course, “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder and doesn’t really exist. Father’s often want a son so they can teach them the things they know while women want a girl so they can dress them up and relive some of their own youth through them. It’s odd then to think, that girls often become the apple of daddy’s eye while boys tend to lean towards their moms. It’s just nature, both the way things work out and the expectation we have. It doesn’t really matter, children are children and they deserve equal attention from both parents.

How to celebrate – Take your children to lunch, no matter how old or young they are. Find things you can do with both your son and daughter at the same time. Realize that what ever makeup your family is, it is perfect.

May 2nd Brothers and Sisters Day

Though brothers and sisters do not always get along, mainly when they are young, as we grow older we realize just how important they truly are. They are, obviously, family and share more with us than even our wives and husbands often do. Family is so important. These are the people, more often than not, who will take that extra step to help us, be there when others won’t bother and know what we love and what we would prefer not to be involved in. I have two sisters, I could not love them more and enjoy every moment we get to share.

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

Most of us have some kind of pet, a dog, a cat, a bird even a fish. The list can go on and on, I even had a pet bull once in my life (no I won’t explain). The thing about animals are, they can be, and generally are, that friend that we don’t ever have to explain anything to, that doesn’t care what we look like when we get up, or pass judgement in some of our worst moments. They are our friends, our babies, and sometimes a reflection of who we are. So stop and let your pet know you love them. They do that every time they see you.

How to celebrate – Give your pet a hug today (unless your pet is a fish). Give your pet a treat for no reason at all. Spend the day with your pet, you won’t regret it.

December 9th Christmas Card Day

Today is sort of a reminder that we should be getting our Christmas cards together and sending them out so they arrive in time. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the Christmas card is a simple way to let someone know you are thinking of them. It can be a “Holiday” card instead, it just happens to come at Christmas. The Christmas Card was invented by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 (Kinda odd, we certainly hope you do not get a lump of coal for Christmas this year). Even those cards with the picture of the family in those gaudy Christmas outfits are welcomed. They should be fun, colorful and let people know you care.

How to celebrate – Send out your Christmas Cards. Find a way to send a card noone else can send. Make your own Christmas Cards this year.