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.

December 25th Christmas Day

In case you hadn’t heard, today is Christmas. It celebrates the birth of Christ, though no one really knows the exact date He was born. The Catholic Church set this date against a pagan holiday so that Christians, as well as others, would have something to celebrate instead. It has worked out well. The symbols of Christmas surround us this time of year, the Christmas tree standing for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; Santa for St. Nickolas; the songs for celebration, and the idea of giving gifts just as the Magi gave gifts to Jesus. We distort it, claim it for our own and don’t even know what the true date is but it still stands for the peace and harmony we all strive for. It is a time for family, friends, and even to forgive our enemies. Have a wonderful Christmas whether you believe or not.

How to celebrate – Go to church. Gather your friends and family. Celebrate love.

December 20th Go Caroling Day

Today we offer a gift to everyone, nothing expensive but meant from the heart in wishing everyone joy and peace. It does not matter what religion you are, though it is generally associated with Christmas, it can be any faith and any songs that include goodwill and good wishes. You don’t even need to be a good singer, just willing. It is hard to say when caroling began, it was probably during the times of St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century as Christians sang songs dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. In those days, singing for ones supper was a common practice and has most likely been the repeated over the years as caroling….but for now a little eggnog, fruitcake or perhaps just a little goodwill for all.

How to celebrate – Go caroling (no matter your religion). Spread joy to those around you. Show up where you are least expected, but most welcome.

October 4th World Smile Day

It’s nice to smile. It makes others feel better and actually makes you feel better as well. If you start your day off with a smile you are more likely to end your day with a smile too. Today was created by Harvey Ball, an artist, in Worchester, Mass who created the smiley face we all know, and sometimes, love today. His artwork first appeared in 1963. It is always celebrated on the first day of October, a great way to start the month off!

How to celebrate – Start your day with a smile. Always return a smile offered to you! End all correspondence today with a smiley face.

December 20th Go Caroling Day

Dec. 20th – Go Caroling Day

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Caroling probably came out of Wassailing, which came out of people traveling about in search of cider to warm themselves. Perhaps they were occasionally required to sing for their cider!?!

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Anyway, Caroling became a part of the Christmas tradition, although recently it has tapered off considerably. (You could get arrested for trespassing) It’s still fun to think of those days when you could bring joy to someone’s life by standing outside their door and singing them a song.

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How to celebrate – Go Caroling (Friends and relatives are your best target.) Go Wassailing! (Good luck finding cider) Have a Merry Christmas.

June 8th Upsy Daisy Day

Created by Stephanie West Allen in 2003 Upsy Daisy Day is probably the way we all should look at beginning every day of our lives, not just June 8th. It’s all about waking up looking forward to the day instead of having our usual grumpy attitude.

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If you think about it, you have a lot to be grateful for. The first thing is just waking up at all! If you are up early enough, look out at the beautiful sunrise and imagine it was created just for you. Or roll over and look at your mate laying next to you, you certainly have to be thankful for them (I hope). Or maybe it’s that yummy cup of coffee that you look forward to? Why not make every morning an “International”morning (as in the coffee). If you have to go to work, be thankful you have  a job to go to when so many don’t.

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The whole point is, find some reason to be happy about the morning. Maybe it’s a big thing like spending another day with the one you love, or a little thing like getting an unexpected hug from your cat. It really doesn’t matter what it is, if you start your day off on a good note the rest of your day will be better and so will everyone you come in contact with.

Sometimes it’s hard to do. I have to admit I am not a morning person but when I do get up early enough to see the sunrise I seem to always have a better day. In a world where we have so many things going wrong or turned upside down we need to fight back with the only weapon we have, our humor.

I work with children and make a practice of saying good morning to everyone I meet regardless of what time of the day it is. It doesn’t matter what time the clock says, it’s always nice to start your day off with a genuine “good morning”, even if you’ve been awake for 8 hours.  It’s always morning somewhere in the world.

How to celebrate: Write down a list of things that make you happy so that you can review them in the morning and remind yourself what you have to be Upsy Daisy about. Buy someone else a cup of coffee in the morning just because. Remember that you set the tone for your day, set it right and the day will go well.