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October 28, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Chocolate Day - There are several of these days sprinkled throughout the year. They are probably sponsored by different people but whoever created them for whatever reason, they clearly share one thing at least. A definite love of chocolate.

Separation of Church and State Day - A concept that is stated in the United States Constitution, and adopted by several other countries this is a day to honor the separation of Church and State. I’m sure you already understand this idea, but in case there are any young people out there reading this I will explain that this means that the Church, in any form, doesn’t have any influence over the decisions of the government and vice versa.

National Bandanna Day - This day is all about raising money to support young people with cancer. It looks like you get some bandanna’s from and then host a Bandanna Day Fundraiser where you sell the bandannas and give the money to CanTeen.

National Breadstick Day - Celebrated on the last Friday in October, this is a day to eat some delicious breadsticks. It doesn’t matter if you buy them from a bakery or restaurant, or you make your own.

International Animation Day - On this day in 1892 in Paris, France, the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique was shown at the Grevin Museum. We started celebrating this and all the animated films that came after in 2002. It has spread to countries all over the world and on every continent….well, except maybe Antarctica. So today watch an animated film of some kind made with any kind of medium.

Statue of Liberty Dedication Day - On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was dedicated. It represents the strong friendship between the U.S. and France since the American Revolution. It is one of America’s most famous landmarks. Millions of people have come from all over the world just to see it. I guess that makes it pretty sad that I have lived in New York almost my whole life and I have still never been to Ellis Island to see it.

St. Jude's Day – This is a day to honor St. Jude, the Patron Saint for the Hopeless and Despaired. He was one of Jesus Christ's apostles and was martyred around 65 AD.

Plush Animal Lover’s Day – This is a day to show your stuffed animals how much you love them. Carry them around with you as long as you don't have too many. If you have as many as my daughter does, you'll have to either pick your favorite to hug today or switch them out periodically.

Wild Foods Day – On this day we celebrate raw foods that are gathered outside and eaten without any kind of processing. Examples include nuts and fruit and vegetables straight from the gardens or trees. If you go out to gather your own wild foods, make sure you can identify the edible vs. non-edible (a.k.a. poisonous) varieties.

Frankenstein Friday - This is a day to celebrate the birth of Frankenstein who is one of the most well known monsters of all. He was created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley when she was 21 years old and wrote the story, “Frankenstein.”

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