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December 16, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Stupid Toy Day - This is a day to appreciate the stupid toys that provide so much fun. While there are certainly stupid toys out there that are not worth the plastic they are made from, there are other toys that are stupid because they don’t require a lot of thought to operate but provide hours of enjoyment for young and old alike. Some examples could include (in my opinion) the Slinky, Paddle Ball, Ball in a Cup, and toy lawnmowers. I’m not sure where this day came from or who created it, it appears to just be one of those silly days that are fun. Can you name some toys that you consider to be stupid?  Please feel free to share.

Boston Tea Party Day - On this day in 1773, the Sons of Liberty in Boston staged a political protest by disguising themselves as Native Americans and turning the entire Boston Harbor into a large, cold and salty, cup of tea. The British are very attached to their tea, so they were most upset at the incident. You might comment that the majority of the Colonists were also British, and also fond of tea, and you would be right. However, in this particular instance, the Colonists were more upset by the tax the King had put on the tea because the Colonists had no say in the matter. They were becoming independent and stubborn, exactly the qualities that made it possible for them to survive in this new country, and didn’t want the King telling them what to do.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – This is a day to cover whatever you want in chocolate and enjoy. Be creative and try nuts, strawberries, raisins, pretzels, candy of all kinds, hotdogs, french fries, lasagna....whatever you can think of. Oh! I just found out that the Japanese have created soft, individually wrapped slices of chocolate. Just like Kraft American cheese slices, but chocolate. You can melt it on anything, mold it around fruit, and more. Can anyone say “Heaven!”

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day - Celebrated on a Friday in December, this is a day to scour your closet for the ugliest Christmas sweater you own. If you don’t own one, what is wrong with you? Run to the store and get one before it’s too late. Then wear that sweater all day today. It doesn’t matter what else is going on. Even if you are going to a wedding today, wear the sweater. If you are the one getting married, chose poorly but you have to live with the sweater.

Underdog Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in December, this is a day to root for the Underdog. An underdog is someone who is not expected to win. There can be underdogs in just about any category of life but we hear the term most often in reference to sporting events.

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