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December 1, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Christmas Lights Day - It’s that time people! Get out those Christmas lights! Well, if you celebrate Christmas that is. I do realize that not everyone does. But if you are one of those who celebrate, get all of your lights out there and make your house look beautiful.

Wear A Dress Day - Celebrated on June 1st and December 1st, this is a day to celebrate being a woman and put on a dress just because. Lots of us don’t have much of an opportunity to dress up for no particular reason. So here is your chance. This day was begun in 2010 by persons unknown to me. All I know is that they were talking about how more women should wear dresses because women in beautiful dresses are beautiful.

National Pie Day – There seems to be two pie day in the year.Today and January 23rd. They are pretty close together but we are in the swing of what I consider to be cookie and pie season. So let’s celebrate both days.

Civil Air Patrol Day – The Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. It was created on this day in 1941 under Major General John F. Curry. It was created to provide air support to the war effort in WWII by patrolling American borders and coasts and assisting the military in any way necessary. It is comprised of volunteers who these days have three objectives set by Congress: perform emergency services such as search and rescue missions, and assist local law enforcement and the American Red Cross, and provide aerospace education programs for the public and cadet programs for teens.

Eat a Red Apple Day – This is a day to eat a red apple. I generally prefer the yellow or green varieties but the occasional red apple is also very good. Since you should be eating an apple every day in order to keep the doctor away, I'm sure you won't have any trouble indulging in your favorite red variety today.

Day With(out) Art Day – Created on this day in 1989 as a day of mourning for those suffering because of the AIDS crisis, it is also a call to positive action that will spread awareness of the fact that AIDS can affect everyone. On the first celebration day in 1989, Museums were shut down and museum staff spent the day volunteering at AIDS services or worked on several sponsored exhibits of work about AIDS. In 1997 the day changed to a Day With Art in order to increase the programming of cultural events to increase attention to the rapid spread of the disease all over the world. The name was kept (with parentheses added) in order to keep our attention on the horrible possibility of a future world without art or artists so we now highlight the art projects by artists living with the disease.

Rosa Parks Day – Who doesn't know about Rosa Parks? She was that very brave woman who on this day in 1955, refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, something that was against the segregation laws of the time. She is known now as “the mother of the civil rights movement.” I know it sounds crazy to kids today but back then in Montgomery, Alabama, and in many other southern states, people of color were required to sit in the back of the bus and were obligated to give up their seats to the white riders if the front of the bus filled up. Well, the front of the bus filled up and a white man wanted Rosa Parks' seat. Ms. Parks refused and the rest is history. The stupidity of so-called educated people back then just boggles my mind. Did you know that “educated” light skinned people really thought that if they used the same toilet or water fountain as dark skinned people, they would get some sort of disease? This makes me wonder what people will say 50 years from now about some of the things we believe to be true today.

World AIDS Day – This is a day to get the facts about about HIV/AIDS. How you can get it, how you can avoid it, and what to do if you or a loved one have it. With proper treatment, people with HIV/AIDS can live a long time and don't have to infect other people. Spread the news around the world because there are some countries where AIDS is rampant because people just don't know anything about how to protect themselves and their families.

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