November 29th You’re Welcome Day

Thanksgiving is over and we have all been thankful, now it’s time to recognize that and say, you’re welcome. We do things for one another all the time and sometimes we get thanked, sometimes we don’t, the thought of saying you’re welcome does not always seem very important. It may or may not be important, but the thought is. Whether someone says thank you or not you should always say you’re welcome… even if that’s just to yourself. So today, after being thankful yesterday, say you’re welcome to those you’ve done things for. They may actually say thank you in response.

How to celebrate – Say you’re welcome to those you’ve helped. Do something that gets someone to say thank you. Remember to always say, you’re welcome.

November 28th Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate all those things we are thankful for. Family, country, careers, friends… you name it, then be thankful for it. The first Thanksgiving was celebrate in 1621 and went on for three days. Of course, they didn’t have football games to watch back then or it might have lasted longer! It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress set the date for Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In the past, it has been celebrate in September or October before finally ending up in November. If you think about it, there really is a lot to be thankful for. We eat, drink and watch out favorite movies (Or football) on Thanksgiving Day, all the company of our loved ones and friends which is what it really is all about. The food is nice, the entertainment good but having our friends and family with us is everything.

How to celebrate – Make this Thanksgiving a special day for all. Know what you are thankful for. Dress up like a Pilgrim, or a Native American, or even a turkey.

November 15th Clean Your Refrigerator Day

If you do clean out you refrigerator only once a year, this is the day. But if you only do it once a year you are going to find things in there you will not even remember. Perhaps because things will grow on their own in there! We all have the good intention to eat our left-overs but the fact is, there are many, many times we never get back to them. We often intend to drink that little bit of milk left over the morning before it went bad, but we don’t always get there. It’s sort of like that drawer we stash things into that we do not know what to do with but don’t want to get rid of. So today is the day to surprise yourself and find out what you have stashed in your refrigerator and rid yourself of them before Thanksgiving. (You’ll probably add a lot more then).

How to celebrate – Clean out your refrigerator. Hire someone to clean out your refrigerator. Make a discovery of some new creation evolving from your forgotten substances in the refrigerator.

October 26th National Pumpkin Day

Oct. 26th National Pumpkin Day

The pumpkin has become the symbol of fall, Halloween and is now put into every kind of food or drink imaginable. Pumpkin is actually a squash, okay… a really big squash and is believed to be native to North America, perhaps as old as 9,000 years. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C. Today is celebrated by carving pumpkins, building machines that throw pumpkins and in chunking pumpkins (If that is such a thing). Now they have made pumpkins into everything but my favorite is still pumpkin pie. It has become a huge part of Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in general.

How to celebrate – Visit a pumpkin patch. Make some sort of pumpkin dish for your family. Plant pumpkin seeds.

December 24th National Egg Nog Day

Today is both Christmas Eve and National Eggnog Day. It is a day Christians celebrate the coming of the Christ Child and what better way than having a glass of Egg Nog. Well, maybe there are more appropriate ways but the Eggnog is a tradition for Christmas Eve so pour yourself a glass.

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Eggnog comes only during the holiday season, around Thanksgiving and runs out soon after New Years. To many that is way too short of a season for their favorite drink. Now if you are one of those people you can make it yourself! Here’s a recipe for you. You can have it all year round if you make it yourself!

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Adding a little rum to the eggnog makes it an adult drink, and a little less thick! maybe say this one for New Years Eve! And don’t forget the nutmeg, eggnog isn’t eggnog without the nutmeg! That is, of course, unless you don’t like eggnog.

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And instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa, leave eggnog and cookies! And maybe a glass of water cause most eggnog is pretty thick. I don’t suggest the rum for Santa since he’ll be driving all night!

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And have a Merry Christmas Eve! Eggnog is not what Christmas Eve is all about but it does make it a little better!

How to celebrate – Have some Eggnog! Make some Eggnog! Have a Merry Christmas.

November 22nd Thanksgiving

Today is one of America’s favorite days, Thanksgiving. We eat all kinds of food, watch football games and whatever feature movie is on television in the evening. We look forward to it every year, always say we will eat less and get along with all those relatives we don’t get along with the rest of the year.

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We do, tend to forget that is was a celebration for Europeans that came to America and were starving before the Native Americans came to their rescue. It was 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down at the same table and shared their food, culture and concerns.

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Of course it didn’t last very long. Soon the Europeans would keep coming and driving the Native Americans further and further west until there was no place left to go. Part of the problem with allowing history to move forward is that we tend to forget why it moved forward. We find fault with each other instead of trying to understand something that we cannot go back and change anyway.

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Maybe things happen because they were supposed to happen. Blaming anyone and trying to make them pay for something they could not change is pointless, and dangerous. We are not the same people that lived back in the days when we were thankful, truly thankful, so we have to come up with our own reason for being thankful. Maybe we should be thankful that we have moved forward, that people have changed and recognize their errors and move on from there.

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However… did you know the first Thanksgiving mashed potatoes were not served? That didn’t happen until the Irish came to America and brought potatoes with them! And what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes!?! There’s something to be thankful for!

How to celebrate – Do your best to have a Happy Thanksgiving. Give to the food banks to make sure others have a Happy Thanksgiving. Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for.

December 24th National Eggnog Day

Eggnog has been around for quite some time. It was recorded in Medieval Britain as a hot, milky, ale-like drink. It was in regular use by monks in the 13th century, not just as a commoners drink but with a lot of alcohol in it. Generally either rum or cognac is used to “flavor” the drink.

Today it is served both with, and without, alcohol. Originally called “posset” in the UK it is also known as rompose in Mexico and coquito in Puerto Rico. It’s name may have come from the original use of a noggin (a wooden cup) and grog (a strong drink).

The drink changed slightly when it came to the Americas. George Washington loved the drink and created his own recipe for consumption. One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.

We even use it to make ice cream, lattes and candy. (Mostly without alcohol) It is the perfect drink for the holidays and has become a part of the Christmas tradition. And with today being Christmas Eve, you should include it in your celebrations.

How to celebrate – Have a joyful and thoughtful Christmas Eve with friends and family. Create your own recipe for Eggnog. Have a Merry Christmas.