December 23rd Festivus

Well if you are tired of the old Christmas trappings you may want to look into Festivus, its a non-traditional was to celebrate everything not Christmas! It was created by Daniel O’Keefe to honor his first date with his soon to be wife back in 1966. Daniel’s son, Dan, was a writer on Seinfeld and took the idea to the television show which declared the new holiday on December 18th, 1997. So if you are fed up with Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa try Festivus… it might work for you!

How to celebrate – Don’t actually celebrate anything! Get a Pole for your Christmas Tree, nothing on it… just plain. There are no real decorations for Festivus so don’t worry about decorating.

December 22nd National Date Nut Bread Day

So if you were trying to figure out how to pass your morning, or your afternoon, or both… why not make some date bread. Most people like date bread, even if it doesn’t make it to the top of their list it is generally there somewhere. There seems to be a little doubt as to whether today should be celebrate on December 22nd or September 8th. Who cares!?! Make it both days! Interestingly, when I looked up simple recipes it said it contains nuts and sugar. Well duh, but I think it requires a bit more than that. There are a lot of recipes on line so it should be easy enough to find one you like.

How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread. Make several loaves so you have it handy for the holidays. Make up your own recipe and share it with the world.

December 20th Go Caroling Day

I’m not sure we are going to be allowed to do caroling this year but if we are, today is the day to do it! Maybe you can carol from your car! Of course, no one may know you are there but at least you’ll be keeping the tradition alive. The newer Christmas songs may require learning to rap, or to have a dance band along with you in a following car. Of course, there are still the old traditional songs like “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. Well, keep the tradition alive by caroling at your own house! Make sure you have cookies and egg nog to give yourself afterwards.

How to celebrate – Go Caroling. Select your list of Christmas Songs. Write yur own Christmas Carols.

December 19th Look For An Evergreen Day

Ah, in case you hadn’t noticed it’s getting pretty close to Christmas and if you haven’t gotten your Christmas Tree yet you’d better start looking. It’s a good thing today is Look For An Evergreen Day! A lot of the world now uses fake trees, allergies and all that, but there is still nothing like the real thing. I, unfortunately, am one of those allergic to the tree. I love to look at them and admire them, but I can’t be around them. So I’ll look, but won’t take. I like to think of it as saving a tree. I do miss having the real thing though.

How to celebrate – Get your Evergreen Tree for the holidays! Read my short story “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green” (Available on Amazon e-books) Enjoy the holidays.

December 18th Bake Cookies Day

It seems like when ever holidays get close we start thinking about baking cookies. Christmas-cookies, birthdays-cookies, Valentines Day-cookies, Halloween-cookies, April Fool’s Day-cookies. Well, they don’t have to be good cookies for April Fool’s Day, in fact maybe if they were bad that could be your gag for April Fool’s Day, literally! It seems like we celebrate we like to have cookies around. So why shouldn’t we have a holiday about the things that make us feel good, like cookies!

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies. Eat some cookies. Make everyday a new holiday, no matter how bizarre!

December 18th National Ugly Sweater Day

December 18th National Ugly Sweater Day

You might want to be a little careful here. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The idea is to wear something you consider an ugly sweater, others may think it’s beautiful. And if someone gave you the sweater don’t call it ugly around them. Today is celebrated on the third Friday in December, first celebrated in 2011.  You may want to make your own sweater so you can safely call it ugly. Use as many different colors and patterns as you can and cover it with Christmas patches and maybe add a music box!

How to celebrate – Make an ugly sweater. Give ugly sweaters to all your family members. Have an ugly sweater fashion show.

March 26th Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Don’t like the holidays that are already out there? Don’t think there are enough holidays out there? Well, make up your own holiday! It’s not really all that hard to do although there are a lot of holidays out there so you will need to make sure someone else hasn’t already laid claim to the day you are creating. Some days are copyrighted so you’ll have to be careful you don’t infringe on a legally obtained holiday. You also kind of need to have a decent reason for your holiday. There is a difference between decent and logical. Like today is a decent holiday but not really all that logical.

How to celebrate – Create your own holiday. Create a reason for your new holiday. Celebrate life.

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.

February 17th President’s Day

Today is President’s Day. Well, not really but we will pretend it is. The first President’s Day was celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided we needed to add Abraham Lincoln to the mix, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that it didn’t matter what date it was on so long as it fell on a Monday (The third Monday in February) so government workers could have a three day weekend. Later it was decided that it really should include all Presidents but the date was kept the same. So this year, it is between Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, not that anyone intended it be that way.

How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.

December 24th National Egg Nog Day

It seems only natural that we should celebrate National Egg Nog Day on Christmas Eve. There is no other drink so associated with the holidays as egg nog. You can make it yourself, you can buy it in a store and you can add a little whiskey or cognac, or both, for the adults in your crowd. It’s become a tradition in many families, starting around Thanksgiving and lasting until the end of the year before being put up for the next season. I was unable to find a true history of egg nog, though honestly I didn’t look real hard for it, but it seems to have been around since the middle ages. It’s simple enough to make, is sweet and flavorful and requires nothing that wasn’t readily available even 800 years ago. So before it disappears again for another year make sure you add egg nog to your parties and holiday get togethers. If you don’t like egg nog, just add a bit more booze and you won;t even know you are drinking it.

How to celebrate – Have some egg nog. Check out all the items made to taste like egg nog. Make your own egg nog drink.