June 18th Take A Road Trip Day

Another holiday created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY, today we focus on taking a road trip somewhere… probably close by where you live. You can take longer trips, and since the kids are out of school and public transportation is somewhat questionable, getting in the car and just taking off is kinda fun. You don’t even need to plan where you are going. (Best if this is just a day trip) Get the whole family in the car and take off, enjoy the day and explore new things that you might miss in your usual travels. This holiday is always on the third Friday of June, making it available for a three day weekend.

How to celebrate – Take a road trip. Fill up the gas tank in your car. Experience something you always thought you’d like to do but have never gotten around to.

March 26th Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

We have all sorts of holidays available to us to celebrate, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and so on and so on. So why not make up your own holiday!?! Sure, maybe you haven’t done the things that St. Patrick or Jesus did but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a holiday named after you and or any day you think should be celebrated. Today was made available, apparently, by the Wellness Permission League. So why not have a holiday just for yourself, your family and your friends… after-all, you deserve it.

How to celebrate – Decide what holiday you want to create. Set a date for the holiday. Decide how to celebrate your holiday.

December 25th Christmas Day

In case you woke up this morning brain dead, it’s Christmas Day! The day celebrated by Christians for the birth of Jesus Christ. Of course we really don’t know what day Christ was born but December 25th seems as good as any day. There are so many tradition we celebrate today thought the religious aspect seems to lose compared to the social norms. That’s sort of sad when we forget the reason we are celebrating. Well, enjoy your Christmas, celebrate for whatever reason you choose but remember this is the day the most important human ever was born.

How to celebrate – I don’t think you really need me to tell you how to celebrate your day but try to remember the reason for the season.

December 24th National Egg Nog Day

How nice that National Egg Nog Day falls on Christmas Eve. That drink that is so creamy and filled with flavor even before you add your rum, vodka or cognac. Now I know there are people out there that think Egg Nog is too thick but how many other drinks can you name that you can drink and eat at the same time! It is so good that they have made it into coffee creamers, ice cream and even pieces of candy! If you don’t like Egg Nog, good luck avoiding it today because it is, after-all, National Egg Nog Day.

How to celebrate – Have some Egg Nog! Make your own Egg Nog, even though it’s cheaper to just buy it. Have a Merry Christmas Eve.

October 26th National Mincemeat Day

Now most of us don’t have mincemeat anymore, usually served in pie form. It was very popular during the Medieval times when meat was served chopped up, mixed with suet and fruit and baked into a crust. Now I had no idea what suet was, in case you don’t know either it’s raw, hard fat. I was with it until I found out what suet was. The fruit generally use to be raisins or apple pears but it could easily be any fruit you prefer. To get past the suet part, sometimes you add brandy or rum. You can also use any type of meat you prefer but generally beef is used.

How to celebrate – Go Medieval for supper tonight! Add Mincemeat pies to your holiday tradition. Visit a castle.

November 28th Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate all those things we are thankful for. Family, country, careers, friends… you name it, then be thankful for it. The first Thanksgiving was celebrate in 1621 and went on for three days. Of course, they didn’t have football games to watch back then or it might have lasted longer! It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress set the date for Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In the past, it has been celebrate in September or October before finally ending up in November. If you think about it, there really is a lot to be thankful for. We eat, drink and watch out favorite movies (Or football) on Thanksgiving Day, all the company of our loved ones and friends which is what it really is all about. The food is nice, the entertainment good but having our friends and family with us is everything.

How to celebrate – Make this Thanksgiving a special day for all. Know what you are thankful for. Dress up like a Pilgrim, or a Native American, or even a turkey.

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.

December 25th Christmas

It’s Christmas Day. It has so many means to so many people. The true meaning is, it’s the day of Christ’s birth. Now we don’t know the day He was born for sure but December 25th serves the point as well as any other day.

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Today we give gifts, eat with our families and celebrate what is most important in our lives… even if we don’t celebrate it for the “right” reasons. The giving of gifts imitates the Three Wise Men giving gifts to Jesus. The tree the three symbols of Christianity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

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We have sort of made up the rest over the years. Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas, who was a real person that gave gifts to his village in the name of the Lord. He wasn’t fat either, Coca-Cola did that. No, not his drinking it, they just thought he looked better on the bottle if he was fat.

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So today is a birthday celebration that all Christians celebrate. We all do it in our own way and that’s okay. I remember a Pastor telling me that he thought it was great to light up your lawn with every light you could manage to place. It lights up the night and shows all what you believe in, for the right… or the wrong… reasons.

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How to celebrate – Have a Merry Christmas. Respect others beliefs. Celebrate the season.

December 19th Look For An Evergreen Day

If you haven’t gotten you Christmas Tree yet it time to get out there and find it! While there are plenty of trees available the selection will leave fewer that you may want to adorn your family room!

Martin Luther found the Evergreen to be the perfect tree to celebrate Christianity. It’s three points represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a very beautiful tree, it’s scent is sweet and meaningful (Much like yesterdays Cookie Day) even though some of us are allergic to them.

Since it grows nearly everywhere, it is available to nearly every society and often associated with a fresh coat of fallen snow. There are a number of reasons why the Evergreen was selected to celebrate the season with. I like to think I have a story about one reason for it becoming the Christmas tree, it’s call “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”.

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I know, I know… this is a shameless plug of a short novel I wrote (Available on Amazon.com). But I like to think that it could be the truth. It is another example of why the Christmas Tree has become important to a large number of us. It is a symbol, just like Santa and the Gingerbread House.

And if you haven’t gotten your tree yet, it’s time! You will want to enjoy it for as long as you can and keeping it in your house until Feburary might be a little weird.

How to celebrate – Take the family out and find your Evergreen. Plant a tree this year so you have your own Christmas tree for next year (or the year after). Decorate your tree with items that have a true meaning to you.

March 26th Make Up Your Own Holiday

Here is the day you have been truly waiting for, a day of your very own. No one can tell you what to celebrate because it’s your day and you make up all the rules. Wow, just go wild and make up anything you want… well go ahead… What’s that? They’ve all been taken?  Bummer… there has to be something left.

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How about Black Hole Day! Since no one has ever been in a black hole and survived to tell about it it’s the ideal day for you to create. You can make up anything you want and everyone should believe you! Well, maybe not everyone, but a lot of people.

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Or maybe you can make your holiday about Heaven, someplace we all hope to get to one day… just not today. Well and not everyone. There are those who don’t believe in Heaven, I expect that they will someday be able to celebrate the black hole day you tried to create.

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Well, sorry, I can’t be of much help here cause if I make it up, then it’s my day, not yours! Apparently it was created by the Wellness Permission League… but no one can find out anything about them so maybe you could create that day!

How to celebrate – Ah, hello, this is where you come in. Make sure you make it fun for everyone. And try not to offend anybody (Good luck there) as you determine what they will be celebrating today.