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January 19, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Popcorn Day – This is my daughter's favorite day. She lives on popcorn. Try some fun popcorn related activities with the kids today. Decorate the house with popcorn strings, mix popcorn with different ingredients and see what it tastes like. Fill a container with popcorn, popped or unpopped and guess how many kernels are in it. Have popcorn fights. Your imagination (and tolerance for messes) is your only boundary.

Confederate Memorial Day – This day honors those who died during the Civil War while fighting for the Confederate States of America. It has other names in some other states and is mostly celebrated in the southern states.

National Gun Appreciation Day – Begun last year, this is a day to demonstrate American's support of their 2nd Amendment right to own a gun. I know this is a very controversial subject with strong feelings on either side and I am gifted (cursed?) with the ability to see and understand both sides of the issue but you may feel free to comment with your opinion if you wish.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day - This is the day that we celebrate the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was born. We celebrate on the third Monday of January every year, but he was actually born on January 15.  So every now and then this day falls on the actual day of his birth.  Of course, we all know that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man, who wasn’t just involved in the Civil Rights Movement, he WAS the Civil Rights Movement and had a profound impact on all people, not just the African-Americans.

Tin Can Day – The tin can was patented in 1810 by Peter Durand and the ability to store food for long periods of time suddenly became possible. However, the can opener was patented by William Lyman in 1870. Hmmmm. Does anyone else see a 60 year problem here?

To celebrate today, take your antique gun to a civil war reenactment and play the part of a Confederate soldier. Make sure you bring a few tin cans of food with you to share as long as you remembered your can opener which you will have to hide since it isn’t Civil War era equipment. Then tell your children all about Martin Luther King, Jr. over a bowl of delicious popcorn.

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