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February 9, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Chocolate Day - This is the third day of Valentine’s week and is officially my favorite.  I love chocolate. It is a traditional gift that is given to one’s love interest at this time of year or any time that you have an excuse to give a gift.

Pizza Pie Day - Today we celebrate my children’s favorite meal.  They are traditionalists and prefer just plain cheese or cheese with sausage or pepperoni. I know some of you out there get very creative which I think is great… long as I don’t have to eat it.

Safer Internet Day - This is a day to promote making online technology and mobile phones safer for children and young people all around the world. The theme for this year is “Play your part for a better internet!”

National Bagel Day - This is a day that celebrates those delicious circles of bread that we call bagels. Some bagel companies may give away free ones to celebrate this day.  It doesn’t hurt to ask at your favorite piece of bagel heaven.  This day is very timely as today is also...

National Bagels & Lox Day – This is a typical Jewish-American dish, but is very popular with other cultures as well. Bagels were first created in Poland way back in the 1600s and being a circle shape, they represent the circle of life. Lox, thinly sliced cured salmon, represents the saltiness of tears. Putting the two together became popular back in the 1800s in America although you certainly find it in many other countries as well. You can also add things such as cream cheese, onions and capers.

Mardi Gras – This is the last day of a celebration that seems to last for weeks. It is the last day because Lent starts tomorrow and I guess you can't have parties like this during Lent. The parades began last month , I believe, and as far as I know, New Orleans is the only place in the world where you can experience Mardi Gras the way it's supposed to be. I have never even heard of any other place celebrating it, but if you have, please let me know.

National Stop Bullying Day – This is a day to stop the bullying. I know that kids are throwing the “bullying” term around a lot. My own daughter has a very loose definition of what it means. She accuses people of bullying for the most ridiculous of offenses. So talk to your children, help them to understand how to recognize real bullying and how to stop it and who to talk to if they see it or experience it happening.

Read In The Bathtub Day – Relax in a quiet bathroom, in a warm tub full of water, with a good book and maybe even a glass of wine if you're old enough. Just be careful you don't fall asleep and get your book wet.

National Toothache Day – I cannot fathom why we would celebrate pain, but here it is. If you insist on celebrating this day, you may want to do it from a dentist's office where you can get some relief right away. Most toothaches are caused by problems with your teeth of some kind and a dentist is better qualified than anyone else to figure out what the problem is and how to fix it.

Extraterrestrial Culture Day – Celebrated on the Second Tuesday in February, this is a big day in New Mexico. It is a day “to celebrate and honor all past, present and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to enhance relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown.” As far as I know, I am not personally acquainted with any extraterrestrials, although I suppose that is something that could be up for debate.

Paczki Day – This is a Polish dish that looks a lot like a doughnut without the hole in the middle. It is traditionally made on this day to use up ingredients that could not be eaten during Lent. You can find some delicious recipes here.

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or Fastnacht day – This is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of Lent. This is a day to eat lots of food in preparation for the fasting of Lent. Hence the pancakes since they are rich in eggs, milk and sugar. The other purpose that I can think of is to use up ingredients that you won't be using during Lent which might go bad before Lent is over and they can be used again.

International Pancake Day – This day is tied into the Shrove Tuesday celebrations as I described above, but this day needs more explanation and a paragraph of its' own. Especially if you have never heard of or seen the pancake race. You can read about how the pancake race got started if you read the section entitled, “The Story,” at this website. You will also see why there has been a competition between Olney, England and Liberal, Kansas for the last 60+ years involving head scarfs, pancakes, aprons and skillets. It has apparently turned into an event lasting 4 days, of which this is the last so you better head over to Kansas now before it's over. You don't want to miss the pancakes, talent show, races, cooking contests and more.

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