January 21st National Hugging Day

Today was created by the Rev. Kevin Zaburney of Caro, Michigan in 1986. I think the intent was to promote humanism, to unite people, and make them feel wanted and warmed by human contact. That caress that tells someone they are both loved and cherished. Oddly, the day was copyrighted meaning, someone saw profit in it somewhere.


Kinda spoils the meaning of the day. Not that too many will be taking advantage of the day anyway. With all the recent harassment charges going against everyone and their brother, or sister, as the case may be, today stands little chance of being honored.


Of course you can still hug relatives, with their permission of course. Boy have things changed since the sixties! This is not that I endorse the use of needless hugging, and there are those who might take advantage of a hug.


Now if you feel like being a rebel, go ahead and hug somebody. Of course you will need to get permission not only from the person you intend to hug but also whoever holds the copyright on the day. That will be done in triplicate with the normal fees involved.

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Or you may just want to leave it to those who you know and love. I doubt they will turn you into the copyright office or the local police.

How to celebrate – Hug somebody today. (with their permission). Hug your dog, or cat, they won’t tell anybody! Do something nice for someone today!


January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

Wow, there are a lot of cheese days on the calendar. Maybe that’s because we eat a lot of cheese! Americans consume some 31 pounds a year. That’s a lot of cheese! However, the French eat over 50 pounds of cheese a year.

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There are between 900 and 1,400 varieties of cheese available. Swiss, Cheddar, Brie, American, Mozzarella, Munster, Blue, Gouda, Jarlsberg, Parmesan, Ricotta…  well, I’m not going to list them all but I think you get the picture.

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We put cheese, or use cheese, for hundreds of dishes or just enjoy it by itself. It is believed that cheese was first discovered around 7,500 or 8,000 B.C. in what today is Poland. It is also believed that it was discovered by mistake. So see, not all mistakes are bad!


Pair cheese with wine and you have a party! The Worlds Fair in 1964 displayed a block of cheese that weighed some 34,000 pounds. I guess that makes it the world’s largest potential party! But did you know that cheese is best served at room temperature? That is when cheese offers it best flavor (Albeit not necessarily it’s best scent).

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If you are  cheese lover, which most of us that do not suffer from lactose intolerance, today is your day. Just remember you should always tear your cheese because it would not be polite in public to cut it.

How to celebrate – Eat some cheese today! List all the cheese you like. Throw a cheese tasting party! (And don’t forget the wine)


January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.


Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Barlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.


By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

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During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.


How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

January 17th Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

We all make them and we all break them, our New Year’s Resolutions. And of course, we feel bad about breaking them because our intentions were so good and so sincere. Quit smoking, losing weight, getting to work on time, being a better person. You name it, we try to better ourselves with determination at the beginning of the New Year when we get our chance to start over.


Okay, so… it’s been 17 days and if you have stuck with your resolution you have done better than most. That said, today is the unofficial official day to give up those resolutions without consequence. Well, of course there will be consequences since most of the resolutions we offer up will make us better people but still, today is the day to not feel guilty for giving up.


Don’t feel about about the defeat. Very few of us actually accomplish the resolutions we make. It’s not so much the idea of losing, it’s knowing when to lose… and today is the day.

How to celebrate – Have a celebration for knowing when to give up. Compare your resolutions with your friends and family and see who had the most absurd. Forget about making resolutions next year, you know you aren’t going to keep them anyway!

January 16th National Nothing Day

Today is National Nothing Day. Technically, I really shouldn’t even be doing this blog and you shouldn’t be reading it. Now you do still have to breathe, and though you should not even be getting out of bed, you may want to eat and have something to drink. Not to mention other things. I did find this great article about the day and history, I have highlighted the main points below.






It’s really not an easy thing to do, doing nothing. Though many of us practice it daily it isn’t something that we ever really perfect. To become skilled at doing nothing requires a great deal of planning which sort of defeats the point of the day.


The day was created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. True to his day though, no one knows why. Perhaps it was a really bad news day, not that the news was bad, but there just wasn’t anything there to report.


So go back to bed, sleep the day away. Although, if you are sleeping you are still doing something so I guess that doesn’t apply. Just how do you do nothing? That requires thought and then you are doing something. It’s a Catch 22.

How to celebrate – ……(well you get the point)

January 15th Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Heroes come from all sorts of people. Some are soldiers, some are politicians, and some are social activists. Martin Luther King Jr. was only 35 when he won a Nobel Peace prize, the youngest person ever to receive that honor.


While many during his time were preaching hate and violence, King offered love and peace to win over those he wanted to reach and teach. He accomplished more than most before or after him. Born on January 15th, 1929 he spent his life trying to minimize the difference between races.


And of course who will ever forget his famous speech where he uttered “I have a dream”. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. King had been a minster and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


Who knows what King might have been able to accomplish if his time wasn’t cut short; though even after death his legacy still speaks volumes and leads many in the path of peace. January 15th was named Martin Luther King Jr. Day by congress in 1983.

How to celebrate – Honor Martin Luther King Jr. today. Study King’s message to the world. Read a book about Martin Luther King Jr.

January 14th National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Get ready for your pets favorite day of the year! National Dress Up Your Pet Day! If they have suffered… er, ah… enjoyed this day before though you might have to go looking for them. Pets have great memories.

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Now there are two different schools of thought here. One is that your pet actually enjoys this and you need to pick out an outfit that fits their personality. However, which is more the probable, your pet is living through your eyes, this outfit may better fit your personality.


I’ll give you that they are cute. If they are cats, they are more likely to give it to you with their claws. Just look at how happy the cats above look! Study each face and see the joy in their eyes!


Dogs might be a little easier to perform your magic on. After all, a dog normally will go way out of it’s way to please you, and trust me, this will take a lot of pleasing. They won’t understand why you are doing this to them but as long as you are paying attention to them they will normally put up with it.

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And if your up to a challenge you can even take on any kind of pet, though I do not suggest you dress your fish up.

How to celebrate – Warn your pet about what you are going to do. Keep a good supply of treats nearby. Lay out a row of outfits for your pet and let them choose which they want to wear.