December 28th National Card Playing Day

Okay, you’re tired of the gifts you got for Christmas by now, tired of running around shopping and going to parties, tired of shoveling snow or going on sleigh rides… chill out, play cards!

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Card playing has been around for centuries! People have been playing cards almost since the beginning of recorded history. It’s a great way to pass some time and talk to your friends and family members while not just sitting there like a bump on a log.

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Now there are those who take their card playing very seriously. They develop strategies and styles to play. There are even those that count cards and mark cards so they can shave the odds in their favor (but I would not suggest this in a casino). I really haven’t played a lot of poker in my life but when I have, it gets a little ruthless so you might want to pick friendlier games.

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There are many, many kids versions of card games as well and if you need a little quiet time, suggest the kids play cards. Though they can still make a lot of noise, generally speaking they don’t as they are concentrating on what they are doing with their cards.

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And while artists like to show dogs playing cards I have never actually seen that. I have seen dogs eat cards, but that’s an entirely different blog. Cards are a great way to keep your mind active while letting your body relax.

How to celebrate – Play cards today! Make up your own card game (maybe one only you know how to win). Learn how to do magic with cards.

 

February 21st Card Reading Day

Ever hear the quote, “It’s in the cards” ? Well, it’s supposed to be what comes in your future, but the past may have something to do with that too. No one is exactly sure what cards are supposed to be read today though. Is it supposed to be the greeting card? Those cards sent to you on your birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day? Does anyone even send cards anymore or are we talking ecards here?

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Or maybe they are talking about the Tarot cards, that tell the future. Does anyone believe in the Tarot cards? Can something so random as picking a card out of a deck spell out what your future is? Maybe if you draw the same cards over and over again it might prove something, or is that tempting fate?  And who says that what your fate is can even be related into cards. None of us are the exact same person so how can a card spell out someone’s future when it is likely people will draw the same cards as others.

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Or could they be talking about the playing card? I remember when playing cards was a fun thing to do. People don’t do that all that much anymore… too many computer choices. But they used to play bridge or hearts or whatever. It led to great conversation and who could resist those chocolate covered raisins!?!

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And who are “they” anyway!?! The dealers, the gamblers, the card sharks? Does it really matter who “they” are? Probably not.

How to celebrate – Find some sort of card to read today. Send out a card, ecard or whatever kind of card you want. Start a card collection.