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January 6, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Shortbread Day – Traditionally a Scottish dish based on biscuit bread...feel free to try this one

Cuddle Up Day – This is a day to find someone to cozy up with. If you can't find a willing person, try an animal (tame and domesticated preferably). If you can't find a willing live animal, try a stuffed one. If all else fails, you can borrow my dog, he'll cuddle with anyone.

Three Kings Day or Epiphany or Twelfth Night – The twelve days of Christmas begin on Christmas day and end today with the Feast of Epiphany which is also called “The Adoration of the Magi.” Magi is a fancy name for Wise Men (or kings) of which there were three who went to visit baby Jesus, hence the Three Kings Day. So although they seem like they should be separate celebrations, they are really all the same.

Apple Tree Day – This is a day to focus on the health benefits of apples. You have heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I don't know where that came from but there is some truth to it as apples are very healthy for you.

National Bean Day – There are beans in all different shapes, sizes and colors. You can cook with them or craft with them or even make musical instruments with them. I see where your mind went just now, and that's just stinky and not at all what I meant.

National Take Down The Christmas Tree Day - This is the day to take down that Christmas tree if you haven’t already.  Pack it up people, it’s time.  You might consider taking your outside lights down too, so I don’t have to listen to my children complaining about all the lights up still.  When I was a kid we would leave the tree up until February sometimes, but I suppose that many people would consider that to be very bad.

To celebrate today, take down your Christmas tree before you cuddle up your kids while you tell them all about the Wise Man and eat apple shortbread with a bean salsa.

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