October 20th National Brandied Fruit Day

So, you don’t care for fruit? Try some brandied fruit! You still might not like it but if you have enough… you won’t care! So you grew a whole lot of fruit over the summer in your garden and you know it won’t keep all year long, so what do you do with it?

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You throw it a Mason Jar, add some sugar and brandy and you can save it all year long! If you need to know how, here’s a recipe! It becomes something entirely new, and can be very entertaining for those long winter nights. I mean, after-all, where do you thing fruitcake came from?

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Now it doesn’t look all that pretty while it’s forming, or brandy-ing, but afterwards, wow! Suddenly everybody likes fruit! You can use practically any fruit you want, raspberry, strawberry, cherries, apple, pineapple… you name it and you can brandy it. I wonder if you can brandy vegetables? This could be a whole new thing to get kids to eat their veggies!

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Or, what the heck, forget about the fruit all together and just go straight for the brandy! The better the brandy you use, the better the brandied fruit will be… obviously. And think about it, most alcoholic drinks are made from some sort of fruit… like wine.

How to celebrate – Brandy some fruit today. (Remember to pick it first!) Experiment, brandy whatever you like and see if it tastes better! Remember to buy some Mason Jars for your food storage.

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March 13th National Earmuff Day

Well now that winter is on it’s way out, supposedly, it’s a great day to finally celebrate Earmuff Day!  Since nobody would have given you that second glance wearing them when it was freezing and snowing they would not have stood out as much. Now that the weather is getting warmer, people will see them!

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Chester Greenwood was the first to patent his invention of ear mufflers on March 13th, 1877.  I can only assume that someone, somewhere, had created earmuffs earlier than 1877 so the key word here is patent. Although since nearly everyone before that time wore their hair longer so who knows, maybe they didn’t need them!

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Naturally, some will get carried away, that should go unsaid. I mean, why not make a fashion statement out of your earmuffs, particularly if you are going to wear them when they are no longer really needed. They may also come in handy when you really don;t want to hear what someone else is saying… they give you an excuse for not hearing them… in which case, men would probably wear them all the time.

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Ear muffs are a good idea. They keep your ears warm which lets face it, are not particular a part of your body that is protected by a lot of fat.

How to celebrate – Wear your earmuffs today. Create your own design for some earmuffs. Learn how to say “what” in many different languages.

February 2nd Ground Hog Day

Will there be six more weeks of winter or will things finally start heading towards spring? It all depends on whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not. If he sees his shadow we will experience another 6 weeks of winter. Apparently he sees his shadow 9 out of every 10 times!

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The use of the ground hog to find out about the coming weather is a German tradition going back to the use of a Hedge Hog in Germany somewhere in the early 1800’s. It fell in line with Candlemas (which is also celebrated today), the last day of the Christmas celebration.

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Punxsutawney Phil has been a tradition in Pennsylvania since 1877 but the ground hog does not really predict winters end (but you probably knew that already). What does matter is whether it’s a sunny day or a cloudy day. If it’s a sunny day, he will always see his shadow. If he sees his shadow, it’s another six weeks of winter.

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But it’s okay if you want to believe Punxsutawney has magical powers or not. We also believe in Santa (though St. Nick was real), we believe a black cat crossing our path is bad luck (I still don’t know why), and that there is a man in the moon.

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How to celebrate – Wake up and find out what Phil has to say! Celebrate Candlemas. If Phil sees his shadow, go out and play, if he does not, go back to bed.

December 27th Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

There is nothing like snow. Well, maybe ice and frost, but not much else.  And it is the season for snow, the real kind. But if you live in the south you don’t normally see a lot of the white stuff from nature, so today is the day to make your own.322ff146f46cdcd88f029e1685e57459--paper-snowflake-patterns-snowflake-designs

Now I wouldn’t suggest trying to ski on it, or even build a snowman, in fact I probably wouldn’t even put it outside. However, when you make your own snowflakes you are showing your individuality just as with every snowflake that falls. No two should be perfectly alike, even if you have to make slight variations on purpose.

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They don’t even have to look like traditional fake snowflakes, or as I like to call them… snowfakes. The good thing about them is that you don’t have to go out and shovel them, unless you really go to the extreme, and they aren’t wet, at least let us hope they aren’t wet.

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Your snowflakes though should be just like ever person you know, no one exactly the same. In fact you could even create snowflakes and give them a personality like the people you know. A little warped, tiny, extra large, twisted… whatever you like!

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So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! So long as you have paper and scissors, you can make as many as you want!

How to celebrate – Get busy, cut out a bunch of snowflakes. They don’t have to be made from paper either, they could be chalk, paint or any substance you want to use! (Though I do advise keeping it legal. Name each snowflake you make.