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December 18, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Free Shipping Day – This day was begun in 2007 by Luke and Maisie Knowles with the intention of extending the online shopping season. There was a time when Cyber Monday was generally the most popular day for online shopping. After that, most people were afraid they wouldn't get their items in time for Christmas so they didn't shop online again. Now, Free Shipping Day is another very popular day for online shopping. Some stores hold their own free shipping deals not related to this specific day.

Bake Cookies Day - This is a day to bake some cookies.  If you celebrate Christmas, then it’s the perfect time to bake Christmas cookies.  I find that one day is not enough time to bake all of my cookies, so I have to spread it out across what I consider the Christmas cookie season which begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends the day before Christmas.  But then, I’ve been told that I take this to extremes.  

Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day - Yes, this is a real day.  I know, I was skeptical as well, but then I saw this: My only suggestion here is that you buy a brand new plunger for this celebration.  You can either keep it and reuse it for only that purpose every year or use it as it is meant to be used and buy a new one every year.

UN Arabic Language Day - There are six official languages of the United Nations and this is one of them.  It is celebrated on this day every year because this is “the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language”.  So get your Arabic/English or whatever your native language is dictionary out and start practicing so you can speak Arabic to your friends today.  Unless your friends are Arabic, they will have no idea what is going on and it is always fun to confuse your friends.

National Roast Suckling Pig Day – This day is more popular in other countries than in America, but I imagine there are a few people who have been waiting anxiously for this day to come around.  I hope you have some friends to share with, otherwise you are going to have quite a lot of leftovers to deal with.

Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day – Have you seen Will Ferrell's movie, Elf? If not, you will want to watch it today so that you are prepared when the phone rings to answer it with the proper amount of enthusiasm.....”Buddy the Elf...What's your favorite color?”

National Re-gifting DayCelebrated on the third Thursday in December, this is a day to break out the unwanted and unused gifts that you have received over the year and gift them to someone else. This day was chosen because it is the most common day for holiday office parties, and coworkers are the most common recipients of re-gifting.

International Migrants Day – This day was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 in order to recognize the millions of migrants in the world. They are seeking to protect the rights of the migrants and to recognize their contributions to the economies of the countries they live and work in.  Migrants, of course, are the workers who travel from farm to farm throughout the growing season working to harvest the fruits and vegetables we depend on for food.

To celebrate today, wear a plunger on your head and answer the phone like an Arabic Buddy the Elf all day today while you bake cookies and roast a suckling pig for the migrants in your area.  Then find some things you can re-gift before you go shopping online to take advantage of the free shipping.

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