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October 30, 2016

Today we celebrate:

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.

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.  

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.

Pumpkin Bread Day - I love to make pumpkin bread, there are lots of different recipes out there but I have yet to meet one I don’t like.

Sugar Addiction Awareness Day - Celebrated since 2011, this is a day to realize how addictive the many kinds of sugar are. So be aware of how much sugar you consume in a day and do what you can to minimize it so you can detoxify your body and be less dependent on sugar in the future. Your body will reap the benefits, just be aware that detoxing can be very difficult. It’s worth it so don’t give up.

National Candy Corn Day – Pure sugar dipped in white, orange and yellow food coloring. Yum. It's a good thing that you can't get these things any other time of the year but Halloween because otherwise, I would weigh as much as my car.  

Checklist Day – This day is all about organization. You absolutely have to make lists and check things off that are completed if you want to have a successful event. On this day in 1935, an airplane crashed during takeoff at Wright Fields in Ohio because of a gust lock that was still engaged. After this tragedy, a few pilots got together to figure out how errors like this could be prevented in the future. They are the ones that came up with the checklist for takeoff, flight, before landing and after landing. These checklists, although I am sure they have been updated as airplanes became more sophisticated, are still used today. You don't need to fly a plane to find checklists useful, all you need to do is forget something important in order to realize that you too can use this handy tool to stay on top of things.

Create A Great Funeral Day – Ok, this day is taking the Halloween season a little too far, in my opinion. It is a day that was created by Stephanie West Allen for the purpose of reminding people about how important and beneficial it is to create your own funeral or memorial service. The idea is that it is better to plan it out yourself so you can have it the way you want it, and so that your family doesn't have to do it while they are grieving for you. I say that I'll be dead and won't particularly care what everyone does or doesn't do at my funeral and doing this the day before Halloween is sending a vote of no confidence regarding your expectation of surviving the next day.  But that’s just me. I’m not saying that planning your funeral is a bad idea, far from it. I think it’s great to take this burden from the shoulders of your loved ones.  I just plan to take care of this some other time of year.

Devil's Night or Mischief Night – This is not my favorite night. It is associated with committing acts of vandalism which I won't name here because I don't want to give any youngsters any ideas if they don't already have them. The adults in the room know what I'm referring to.

Buy a Donut Day – This is a day for buying donuts. I have no idea why it's a day for buying donuts but apparently donut sales rise sharply on this day so you better go and see what the big deal is.

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