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December 11, 2016

Today we celebrate:


Holiday Food Drive For Needy Animals Day - This is a day to gather dog and cat food and deliver it to animal shelters, food banks and Veterinary clinics near you. There are lots of people out there who cannot afford to buy food for their families, let alone their pets, and they rely on donations to keep from starving. Open your hearts and even if you can only donate a little bit, it will help some furry friend who is dependent on humans for their survival.

National Noodle-Ring Day – A noodle ring is dish that was very popular fifty or sixty years ago. It was made by mixing ketchup, eggs, noodles, Worcestershire sauce and cheese and then baking it in a dish shaped like a ring. Then before you serve it you fill the center with something like creamed chicken, vegetables or some such thing. I have never had one and it's not something that we see much of anymore but you can go retro today and make one for your family.

International Mountain Day – Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003, this is a day to celebrate and encourage sustainable mountain development.

UNICEF Birthday – The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the United Nations after World War II on this day in 1946. The purpose was to provide support to children living in areas devastated by the War. After that problem was solved, UNICEF branched out to include children in other troubled countries and it is still going strong today.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day – Created by the Compassionate Friends, this is a day for the world to join together and light candles at 7pm local time for one hour to honor all those children who have left us to try to live this life without them. This is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world. This day is celebrated on the second Sunday in December every year since 1997.

World Choral Day – Also celebrated on the second Sunday, this is a day for choirs around the world to join together in song. Thousands of choirs and millions of singers from countries everywhere have participated in this event over the past twenty years in the form of concerts, festivals, sing-a-longs and other events. This years theme for the day is Integration. This day was created by Alberto Grau from the International Federation for Choral Music in 1990 for the purpose of spreading the message of peace by using music to break through political, religious and racial divides and connecting through the beauty of music.

December 10, 2016

Today we celebrate:


Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales - National Geographic says this is a holiday for the Inuit people of Alaska.  But the director of the Inuit Heritage Center never heard of it when he was asked by Hayden Harrison of “Every Day’s a Holiday” blog. But whaling is so important to survival in the arctic that it makes sense that they would have many holidays related to it.

Dewey Decimal System Day – Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on this day in 1851. Mr. Dewey was a librarian, educator and inventor of the Dewey Decimal system which has been used to organize libraries for many decades now. Although he was a brilliant innovator, he was a difficult person to like for many reasons. Hence the title of his biography by Anna Elliot, “Melvil Dewey: A Singular and Contentious Life.” I do not know why his first name in the title of the book is so different from the actual spelling of his first name, unless my source for the second is less accurate than the first. Or maybe he chose to shorten it himself. You know, “My name is Melville, but call me Melvil.”

International Animal Rights Day – This is a day to recognize the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR) and to remember the animals who have suffered at the hands of humans. The goal is to persuade all of humanity that animals deserve the same basic human rights that humans enjoy.  Alas, so far the government disagrees.

National Lager Day – The most common kind of beer in the world, except in England, lager is German and ferments and ages slowly at cool temperatures. As opposed to ale which is common in England and ferments and ages quickly at warm temperatures. There is apparently a big difference in the flavor of the two kinds of beer. I haven't yet met a beer that I enjoy so I am hardly an expert. But those of you who are, enjoy your lager today.

Human Rights Day – Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, this is a day to tell the world about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and encourage every country on the planet to adopt it. The United Nations is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights for all.

Nobel Prize Day – Alfred Nobel, who was born on October 21st, 1833 in Sweden, was a chemist, engineer and inventor. In the eve of his life, his brother Ludvig died but the obituary wrongly named Alfred as the deceased. This got him to thinking about what his legacy would be when he did eventually pass and caused him to revise his will several times in his remaining eight years. The final version declared that his considerable fortune should be used to create prizes for those who confer the “greatest benefit on mankind” in the areas of physics, chemistry, peace, physiology or medicine and literature. Mr. Nobel died on this day in 1896 at the age of 63 years old. In 1897, the executors of his will created the Nobel Foundation.

US National Guard Birthday – Today the National Guard celebrates its' 379th birthday. It was created on this day in 1636 when the Massachusetts General Court mandated that all able-bodied men between 16 and 60 were required to join the Militia. It has since grown into a huge military force that is still firmly rooted in the community it has served for so long.

National Day of the Horse – Designated by the U.S. Congress in 2004, and celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to celebrate horses. If you have one or more horses, give them an extra treat or a long rub down or a nice long trail ride. Whatever your horse enjoys doing the most, see that he/she gets it today. This country would still be back in the dark ages without the hard work of horses in our history.

International Shareware Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to appreciate and support the people who create the computer software that is available free or for just a small fee.

December 9, 2016

Today we celebrate:


International Anti-Corruption Day – This is a day to highlight and fight against corruption in public officials and other people in power all around the world. More and more people have had enough and are speaking openly against corruption of all kinds whether you are talking about greedy people who steal money donated for the purpose of helping people after a natural disaster or voting a certain way on a bill because of a bribe of some kind or any number of other ways people find to profit by using their position of power.

Christmas Card Day – This is a day to send out your Christmas cards if you celebrate that particular holiday. Get busy, it's a lot of work for some because they have pretty long lists of people to send cards to.  

National Pastry Day – Pastries are delicious baked items that have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Egyptians made pastries out of flour and honey and dipped them in wine. The ones we have now are more complicated to make and even more delectable. You can either make your own or stop in at your local bakery today.

Weary Willie Day – Weary Willie was the name of a clown character based on the hobos of the Great Depression. He was created and brought to life by Emmett Leo Kelly, a circus performer who was born on this day in 1898. He began his circus career as a trapeze artist but switched to clowning in 1931. One of his more famous routines was an act where he was sweeping up the circus rings after the other performers and he would try, and fail, to sweep up the pool of light made by a spotlight.

World Techno Day - Techno is apparently a form of electronic music that was created in the late 1980s in Detroit, Michigan. It has expanded from there, of course, but people still consider the Detroit Techno to be the father of the art.   

Official Lost and Found Day - Celebrated on the second Friday in December, this is a day to spend a little extra time, effort and thought to search for items you have lost and to find owners for items you have found. If you think about your lost items carefully, and rationally, you may decide that you no longer need the item in question and you can stop searching for it. This day was created by Official Lost and Found Day.

December 8, 2016

Today we celebrate:


National Christmas Tree Day - Created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, this is a day to put up your Christmas tree for those who celebrate the holiday of Christmas. Many people go out and cut down a real tree, tie it to the roof of their car, bring it back to their home, put it in a stand, set it up in the living room, and decorate it with lights, garland, ornaments, and tinsel. Others, drag a box out of the attic, basement or closet, bring out the flattened branches of an artificial tree, fluff them up stick them into a post, set it in the living room, and decorate it as described above. Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial tree? We usually have a real tree, but we own an artificial tree for those years when we just don’t have time to go out and get a real one. By the way, cats are notoriously good Christmas tree decorators, so if you have one, you'll have lots of help.

Take It In the Ear Day - I cannot figure out what this one is all about. I suspect it has something to do with listening skills, but that is my hypothesis, not fact.

National Chocolate Brownie Day – Oooooh boooooy! Just give me a moment to wipe up my drool. I'll be with you shortly. No, no, you don't need to come with me, I'm not hiding any brownies in my pantry. Really!

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day – This is just a fun day. If you are into acting and/or playing pranks on people, this is a day for you. Pick a time period to be from, dress up in clothes from that time period and spend the day pretending to be a time traveler from that time period. Be convincing. Talk appropriately, express amazement at modern conveniences if you are pretending to be from the past, etc. Do not allow yourself to slip out of character for even a moment. And whatever you do, DO NOT tell anyone that you are a time traveler.