April 28th Kiss Your Mate Day

Today might mean something a little different in Australia but for most of us it means, kiss the one you love. Not that you can’t love your mate in Australia but… This is the day that you demonstrate to your loved one how much they mean to you by a simple, or more complex, kiss.

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It sort of makes me wonder where kissing came from. I sort of think it comes from that old adage, “shut up and kiss me”! But who knows for sure. It has been a way to express you love for someone, the more passionate, the more love I suppose. It sure beats the heck out of telling someone how you feel cause words never seem to be adequate.

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I mean, it’s something even most animals do! Naturally, they may be licking the last meal off their mates lips but sharing is good! We humans have tasty lip gloss, use various mouthwashes and use other means in order that our mate find our offering more appealing. And I guess that’s important. Ever kiss someone who has just eaten an onion or garlic!

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And when we are young we find kissing yuckie! I think it’s because we don’t really know what it means, or maybe we do… but either way, as we mature we look for as many kisses as we can. And really, even though today is the day we celebrate it you should kiss your mate as often as you get the opportunity.

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A kiss offers up romance and the better the kiss, the more romance. I am sure we all envision our kisses being some magic potion that sends our loved one into a world of fantasy and passion. Probably not true but we can dream! “You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, the fundamental things apply, as time goes by.”

How to celebrate – Kiss your mate, even if you are in Australia. Enter a kissing contest. Serve at the kissing booth at a carnival.

December 5th Bathtub Party Day

Most of us take showers daily, or at least hopefully daily. However, December 5th is set aside for the one day of the year when you should take a bath. Well, maybe not literally the one day, but at least the one day you should take a bath and make a party out of it.

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Now I have already gone on record saying I do not quite understand the point of a bath. Yes, it relaxes muscles and is probably good for you, but I do not understand the point of taking a bath in water that you have made dirty! So, take a shower first so you can enjoy a clean bath! Unless of course you like wallowing around in the dirt you have gathered on your person all day!

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And a party isn’t a party without candles, a bottle of wine and bubbles in the bath. (The cucumbers are optional)

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Setting the mood is important as well. If you can you should place your bath out on a deck overlooking something beautiful in nature and make it romantic. (I don’t recommend this for kids at they will probably set something on fire and the beauty of the moment will be lost when the fire fighters show up with their axes.)

Or better yet, just go swimming in your pool, or a neighbors pool. Naturally, one is expected to take a shower before getting in the pool. It is, after-all, the ultimate bathtub particularly for a party!

How to celebrate – Plan a bathtub party of your own! (Invite only your closest friends) Plan a romantic bathtub party with someone you love. Plan a bathtub party for your kids… but forget the candles, and the romantic setting, and well, everything except the tub.

June 23rd National Pink Day

Not to be confused with International Pink Day in April, today is National Pink Day (although I think they are pretty much the same). “Pink” has been around since the 14th century – the word, not the color. In 14th Century France,”To Pink”, was to decorate with a perforated or punch pattern.

During the Middle Ages, pink came into it’s own as a color. Probably some Knight washed his red flag with his white flag in hot water and the color pink was invented – LOL! Apparently no one wrote down when the color was actually created. It was occasionally used in women’s apparel but was more common in the art work of the Middle Ages when used for hands and faces. Christ as a babe was often wrapped in pink swadling.

The Rococo Period became the golden age of the color pink. Nearly every court was draped in pink to show nobility.  From 1728-1777 pastels became very popular with the people, perhaps boosted when King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompador, wore pink nearly exclusively to “please” her king.

In 1931 “Shocking Pink” was added to the spectrum to usher in a new era of color and fashion. Pink is, however so much more than just a color, it has all sorts of meanings.

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The biggest today is, of course, breast cancer awareness. Which may in a round about way have some connection to being “In the pink”, an old saying about feeling at the top of your game, or at least what we wish would be the case.

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To “see the pink elephant” is a polite way to say smeone is drunk.

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To be tickled pink is to be thrilled or find something very enjoyable, maybe like the Pink Panther.

Then there is the “Pink Slip”, which none of us ever want to see – meaning you’ve been fired. There’s “Pink Collar” workers – which is what one might call “Women’s work” (I did not create this, just reporting). There’s “Pink Money” , which is symbolic of the money the LGBT puts into the community.

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And the picture above – well… it’s just wrong.

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The color pink is most associated with femininity, sensitivity, childhood, and romance. When pink is mixed with violet or black, it also means eroticism and seduction. The innocence of white mixed with the passion of a little red.

How to celebrate: Wear something pink today. Have some pink lemonade. Put up a pink flag, maybe with a little black lace or black ribbon to show your passionate about the day.