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October 16, 2016

Today we celebrate:

World Toy Camera Day - Celebrated on the third Sunday in October, this is a day to honor the picture taking capability of toy cameras. They take pretty terrible pictures, but kids don’t mind usually, they are just happy to be able to be in control of the camera and take the pictures they want to take. This day was created by Becky Ramotowski who was inspired by World Pinhole Photography Day. So find your kid’s camera and take a hundred pictures with it so you have a chance of getting one or two that are not too blurry.

National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day – This is a day, celebrated on the third Sunday in October, to show your appreciation for the dedication of your child's Sunday School Teacher. Most, if not all, Sunday School Teachers are volunteers who prepare for class on their own time. Having been one myself for a few years, I know how time consuming it can get. Make sure they know you appreciate their efforts on your child's behalf.

Sukkot – A Jewish holiday that lasts for seven days. It begins this evening at sundown and ends at sundown on the 23rd. For the first two days, work is not allowed. For the last five days, work is allowed but there are restrictions. This holiday is celebrated with pilgrimages, and special blessings and it is intended that people will remember the sukkah, which is the tent structure that the Israelites used for shelter during their 40 years of traveling in the desert after their freedom from slavery in Egypt.

Learn a Word Day - This is a fairly simple day to celebrate. All you have to do is learn a new word. If you are a Reader’s Digest fan, you already know about the Word Power section where I always find at least 2 words that are new to me. So this should be pretty easy.

National Dictionary Day – On this day in 1758, Noah Webster was born. Mr. Webster, of course, was a teacher, author, rabid speller and the creator of the dictionary. Happy Birfday Mr. Webster! Wait, how do you spell that again? I guess I'll have to look it up in my handy dandy little dictionary. This day fits in very nicely with Learn a Word Day, doesn’t it?

National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day - This day comes just in time for the holiday season. It was created by James E. Stowers and is intended to help consumers by making them less reliant on plastic for their holiday shopping. Use cash or debit cards this season and only buy what you can afford to pay for. That way, come January, you won’t have a mountain of debt that you will have to try to figure out how to pay.

National Department Store Day - This is a day to celebrate brick and mortar department stores. Not the online shopping that is so common these days. These are the places you can go to actually touch the merchandise before you buy it and bring it home so that you can make an informed decision about whether it is right for you or someone else. You can try on the clothes, look at the color, match the color with something if needed. Holiday shopping is almost upon us (except for the early birds who are just about done) and the stores have probably already started putting out the holiday decorations.  

National Liqueur Day - A Liqueur is a strong alcoholic beverage that has been flavored in some way with spices or fruits or such. It used to be used for medicine back in the day...well, many days as that form of medicine was used for hundreds of years or more.

World Spine Day - This is a day to spread knowledge of how to keep your back in good shape to keep good spinal health and to prevent injuries at work or home. The theme this year is “Your Back At Work.” I think most of us have experienced having back problems at one time or another. Hopefully for most of you they were quickly resolved through stretching, a chiropractic adjustment or medication. If not, you know how debilitating the pain can be. So let’s all learn how to keep our backs healthy and in good working order.

National Feral Cat Day – Created in 2001 by the Alley Cat Allies, this is a day to raise awareness about feral cats. Many feral cats are cared for by people who worry about their well being. Whenever possible, many people try to capture them, neuter them and then return them to their territories if they are not good candidates for adoption.

World Food DayOn this day in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded. The goal of this organization is to work to eradicate hunger in the world. Most hunger is not because of a lack of food in the world, but a lack of access to resources needed to thrive.

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