February 9th National Pizza Day

This is one of my favorite holidays of the entire year! Well, maybe it’s not really a real holiday, but of the not so real holidays this is may favorite. I love pizza! I am one of the national average American’s when it comes to eating pizza, that’s 23 pounds of pizza a year. Over 3 billion pizzas are sold every year in the US, the most coming at Superbowl Sunday and second, oddly, Halloween!

No one knows exactly when pizza was invented. I have heard it was the Greek soldiers with Alexander who used to bake cheese and herbs on pita bread on top of their shields. Maybe true, but like most everything else, it was probably first served up by the Chinese.

Chow Mein pizza, yum. And yes I know chow mein is actually an American dish. I wonder how you use the chopsticks!?!

How to celebrate – Order pizza today. Make your own pizza today. Try a white pizza for a change.

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October 31st Halloween

Another year has passed and it’s that day of the year again where we all go out and get candy from our neighbors. Well, maybe not all of us… and maybe not all neighbors. In fact, the chance of getting visited by little monsters at your front door is getting to be less and less of a tradition anymore. Now we meet at malls and in parking lots.

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The idea of Halloween in the past was to ward off evil. When I was a kid Halloween was one of the most fun events on the calender, the chance to get candy, dress up in silly outfits and walk the streets of a safe neighborhood where friendly neighbors were thrilled to greet you.

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Many people celebrate the Fall Harvest instead. Those are the places where you eat pumpkins rather than pumpkins eat you!

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I miss the old Halloween. The one where it was fun to get a little scared and do a little scaring. Where candy wasn’t laced with something and front doors were always opened in good will and caring. And nobody gave out toothbrushes as a treat.

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How to celebrate – Decorate your yard for Halloween. Find the perfect costume for your personality. Go to a haunted house.

October 30th Mischief Night

It is fitting that the night before Halloween would be Mischief Night. You know, the night where you go soap windows, fling toilet paper, knock on doors and run away, throw eggs and rotten tomatoes at houses, cars and whatever happens to cross your path.

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It is said that it started in 19th century England. Perhaps it was before the tradition of giving candy to children the next day. I’m thinking it might not be the brightest idea to do any of that stuff to anyone you are going to ask to give you something the next night.

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I think the attitude has changed somewhat these days though. People save the toilet paper because, well… have you checked out the price of toilet paper lately! They just spray the soap off their windows making them clean again and you are likely to get shot if you go knocking on doors. Eggs and rotten tomatoes are a different thing though.. they actually cause damage so you should avoid those.

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If you want to do something funny for mischief day you could cover someone’s lawn with pink flamingos! It’s a little costly but at least it doesn’t cause any real damage or get you thrown in jail. Keep the mischief in your mind where it belongs.

How to celebrate – Plan all the evil things you can do for Mischief Night, just don’t do them. Do mischief to your own house and then blame someone else. Scramble up those eggs and add tomatoes to them.

October 29th National Frankenstein Day

Frankenstein is very popular, after all… this is like the 30th Frankenstein Day we’ve had this year already (not really it’s only three but who’s counting). The fact is, Mary Shelly really hit it big (I wonder if she lived long enough to know it). And what makes today even more special is apparently it was created by Frankenberry Cereal!

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Frankenstein is probably the most popular monster ever created (don’t tell the Mummy or Werewolf). There are at least 54 movies created that either feature Frankenstein or he makes an appearance in. That’s even more than Rocky! And that’s not even counting television! He has been portrayed as evil, funny and even love-able.

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Now that we are close to Halloween, he will be even more visible than ever. Although, recently he has become a little less of a monster than in past years. Now kids dress up as political figures, various Pokemon creatures and those always scary ballerinas.

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Frankenstein is an international wonder. A part of him is British, French, American, Swedish, German, Hungarian, Russian, Brazilian, Spanish… well, you get the picture. He got the legs, arms, heart, kidneys, liver…

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So enjoy another of the many Frankenstein Days. There’s enough of him to go around and his wife, The Bride of Frankenstein covers his days off. Invite Frankenstein over for an evening of fun and merriment… just don;t leave any of your spare body parts laying around.

How to celebrate – Read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Try and build your own Frankenstein. Realize that monster is an ugly word.

October 26th National Frankenstein Friday

Okay, so we all know Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 21 years old. Wow, what an imagination! With Halloween and Frankenstein Day both coming up soon, it’s nice to kick it off with a Frankenstein Friday. The idea was created by Ron MacClosky, who appropriately won the “Franky” award for doing so.

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I mean, who doesn’t know about Frankenstein? Children, adults, other monsters… we all know about Frankenstein! I even wrote a play about a fashionable, intelligent Frank Einstein (Available on Playscripts.com). The monster has been played as sad, humorous, curious and just about any other emotion you can imagine.

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The thing is, his name shouldn’t be Frankenstein because that was his creators name. If want his last name to be Frankenstein then, okay… but he needed to be given a first name as well. Maybe that’s why he roamed the countryside so angry all the time. How would you like it is people only called you by your last name!?!

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He is probably the only monster ever created that heart could really have belonged to daddy. He was very conflicted as well. He had one arm that had belonged to a man named White. The other belonged to a man named Wong. That makes it easy to understand that in the heat of the moment, he might not be able to know White from Wong.

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So, you might ask why do we celebrate Frankenstein Friday? It’s simply because if we didn’t we might find ourselves Abbey Normal. Think about it.

How to celebrate – Read the first chapter of Frankenstein but wait to read the rest on Frankenstein Day. If you want a good laugh, watch “Young Frankenstein”. Experiment n your own by mixing parts from a Barbie doll and a GI Joe.

October 11th It’s My Party Day

This is the party season for sure so you might as well make it yours! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas… of course there are office parties, birthday parties an parties just because! So you need to come up with the things that make it “Your Party”. Maybe it’s the theme, the colors or the people you invite. Whatever it is, it’s yours.

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In most people’s books, Halloween will start the season. A costume party is appropriate but there are a lot of people who don’t like wearing costumes. So maybe to make it yours you could make it a non-costume party. But then would it really be a Halloween party then?

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And you could wait for Christmas. Christmas parties are always good! Well, that is unless you don’t celebrate Christmas. Then you could make it a Kwanzaa party or a Chanukkah party. Or one again, just a generic party. Or wait! Maybe you could do a Halloween Party during Christmas!

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And naturally there is the ever present New Year’s Eve party. But that seems to get a little stale since everyone does a New Year’s Eve party on New Year’s Eve. Maybe make your party a Valentine’s Day party on New Year’s Eve!?! The point here is, if it’s your party, make it whatever you want!

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It could even be a Viking party, they are always fun. Or maybe make it a Lesley Gore, It’s My Party (And I’ll cry is I want to) party. If you are plundering and raiding that might make sense. Or at least as much as the people who celebrate this day in October for Lesley Gore’s #1 hit in 1963. Of course, it reached that honor in May but then, It’s Your Party so you can celebrate however you wish.

How to celebrate – Plan a party. Have a party today just because. Buy a copy of Lesley Gore’s, It’s My Party.

 

September 20th National Punch Day

Today we all should enjoy our punch, even if you have to throw a special party to share it in. There are so many things you can add to a punch to make it different that the choices are nearly unlimited.  Fruit, ice cream, rum, vodka, soda, nearly anything goes well, depending on your base.

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Punch has been around for a long, long time. It has always been served at parties and banquets and other social gatherings. It has been blamed for the young getting their first taste of alcohol. And as such, many recipes have been handed down over the years. Here are a few recipes you might enjoy.

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Just don’t order punch in Hawaii. (The joke from Would you like a nice Hawaiian punch!) The word punch comes from Sanskrit, which comes to us from India, where “punch” was served including 5 ingredients. Alcohol, lemon, water, sugar and tea, or other spices. The English sailors brought back the idea to England and it spread from there.

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Naturally, in the olden days, alcohol made a lot of foods and drinks served saver since water was often suspect. A punch also served a large number of people making it economical.For years only lemon was used to flavor the punch served, but over the years other flavors were discovered and now, lemon seems to be one of the least served punches.

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It also makes for a great Halloween treat when dry ice is added to make it fog. In fact it’s hard to find a holiday of any type where punch isn’t served. It’s fun and easy to make, is refreshing and nearly always a hit at parties.

How to celebrate – Make some punch today, it doesn’t need to be a special occasion. Invent your own punch recipe. Make up your own punch for every season.