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July 24, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day – This is a holiday in Utah that remembers the entry of Brigham Young and his group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on this day in 1847. This day is celebrated by staging reenactments, dances, potlucks and pioneer games. Celebrations do not have to take place today, each Church will schedule them as fits their calendar.

Cousins Day – This is a day to celebrate cousins. I love my cousins but see them far too infrequently because they are pretty far away and we all lead busy lives. Some of them I haven’t seen in a lot of years. If you have the same situation, find a way to spend some time with them today or at least talk to them and let them know how much you love them.

National Drive-Thru Day – This is a day to celebrate businesses that allow you to not ever get out of your car. Drive-thru restaurants, or drive-thru pharmacies, or even drive-thru stores in some areas, are some of the options you have open to you today. I hope your car is comfortable.

Amelia Earhart Day – Amelia was born on this day in 1897 in Kansas. She was only the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license. She became famous for being the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Sadly, she was attempting to fly around the earth when she disappeared and was never seen again. The assumption is that she had plane trouble and went down somewhere in the ocean but there is a lot of mystery involved since many of her personal belongings have been found on various Pacific islands.

National Tequila Day – I'm told that tequila is very good and can be mixed into some delicious drinks. But when I was young, I saw a television show where a man drank tequila out of a dirty glass and there was a disgusting worm at the bottom of it. Even today the thought of drinking tequila turns my stomach. Call me crazy if you want to, I don't mind.

Tell An Old Joke Day – Laughter is a great medicine. Today is a day to get it working for you by telling an old joke to someone. Just make sure it's a good joke, and if you need to find someone who hasn't heard it before, try neighborhood children for your audience. Well, as long is it isn't a dirty joke.

Auntie's Day – This is the seventh year celebrating this day that is just for Aunts. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July and is a day to acknowledge the fact that unlike parents, aunts step in because they choose to. They can play with their nieces and nephews when parents are too busy so they can give parents a break and occupy the kids for a while. They spend money on the kids because they want to, not because they have to, and they have unlimited amounts of love and patience because they are not tested to the brink every day like parents are. I couldn't find a reliable source for the origin of this day but most of us have at least one Aunt that we love dearly, or maybe you are one yourself. If you do have one, give her a call today and tell her how much you love her.

Parents' Day – This is a day to celebrate your parents or celebrate being a parent. We wouldn't be here without our parents so show them how much you appreciate their love and support over the years. And, just to be clear, it doesn't matter if your parents are biological or if you got them in some other manner. Biology doesn't make a parent, love does. This day was created in 1994 by President Bill Clinton and the U. S. Congress and is celebrated every 4th Sunday of July. The National Parents’ Council says that this is a day for parents to honor their children and rededicate themselves to strengthen their families by demonstrating unconditional love.

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