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October 25, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Punk for a Day Day - This is a day to dress and act like a punk rocker. I’m sure you’ve always wanted to do that but never had the courage. Well, today is your day to give it a shot no matter how old you are.

Pumpkin Day – Always celebrated on the Sunday before Halloween, this is a day to utilize pumpkins in any way you see fit. You can cook with pumpkin, burn candles that smell like pumpkin, or decorate with pumpkins. I’m not thinking of too many other options so if you do, let me know.

World Pizza Makers Day - On this day in the year 2000, Pope John Paul II blessed 2,000 pizza makers at the Vatican general audience.  There were pizza makers from all over the world and they made a special pizza for him that they called “Papizza”.  It had mozzarella, zucchini flowers and yellow peppers and looked like the white and gold Vatican flag.  Then they gave away 50,000 slices of the pizza to anyone who wanted one.

Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day – I am not a horror movie fan, but I know that many of you are so you can celebrate this day without me. All I know about Chucky came from the little bits and pieces I have seen on advertisements and heard from people who felt the need to educate me.  Then, while researching this day, I read a brief summary of all of the movies and that is all I needed to give me nightmares and make me get rid of all the dolls in my house.  My daughters weren’t too happy about that but you have to do what you have to do in order to sleep at night.

International Artist Day – This is a day to support the artists of the world.  There are so many different kinds of art and different kinds of artists that it is amazing to contemplate.  It’s not all about paintings and sculptures that you find in museums.  I recently learned of an artist that makes pictures by burning paper into different patterns.  She does some beautiful work.  Artists bring huge contributions to our society and not just in a visual way.  What would we listen to if it were not for artists?  The plain truth is that without art, this would be a very dull, quiet and colorless world. Do something to support an artist today.

Sourest Day – This is a day for sour people, sour candy, or sour food. It is supposed to emphasize the balance of nature. I don't particularly understand that thought, and too much sour food makes my tongue hurt, but my son really enjoys it so I guess he will enjoy celebrating today.

World Pasta Day – Celebrated since 1995, and created by the World Pasta Congress (who knew that there even WAS a World Pasta Congress?), this is a day to honor the creation of pasta way back in 5,000 B.C, give or take a few years. With over 600 different shapes and sizes, I think you should be able to find one you've never had before and give it a try.

National Greasy Foods Day – We all try to eat healthy most of the time, I’m sure.  That means eating lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, cooked in healthy ways. Well, throw all of that out the window for today and load up on nothing but greasy food. You don't get to do this very often, so jump at the chance today.  Fast food, here we come!

Visit A Cemetery Day - Celebrated on the last Sunday in October, this is a day to remember your loved ones who have died by taking a trip to the local cemetery, even if there is no one you know in that particular cemetery.  If you do know someone there, bring some kind of tribute to place at their grave and then stay for a while. Enjoy the quiet while you walk through, find a place to sit and read a book, take pictures of the gravestones and read the epitaphs.

Mother-in-Law Day – Celebrated on the fourth Sunday in October, this is a day to celebrate your Mother-in-Law. Mother-in-Law's are the ones who raised your spouse, the one special person in your life that you choose to be a part of your family. Honor the one who raised that special person by taking her out to dinner or giving her some flowers.

Reformation Sunday – Celebrated on the Sunday on or before October 31st, this is a day to remember the Reformation. This day is typically celebrated by Lutheran and some Reformed churches because it honors Martin Luther in particular.

To celebrate today, dress like a punk today and share some greasy pizza and pasta with an artist while you carve pumpkins and eat sour candy. Then reform your mother-in-law by taking her with you to visit a cemetery. Finally, this evening, watch one of Chucky’s movies if you can tolerate that kind of thing right before bed.

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