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December 3, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Let’s Hug Day - Hugs can help reduce heart disease, high blood pressure and stress. That’s more than enough reason to give as many hugs today as you can. But if you need another one, hugging your significant other can increase their loving feelings toward you, and hugging a friend can make even the most difficult circumstance feel a little bit better.

National Green Bean Casserole Day - This is one of the most popular side dishes and is often served during holiday meals such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wow. I guess I have been a poor hostess to my guests. I haven’t served this dish in many years. Well, people, now that I know how popular it is, I’ll make sure I add it to the menu for next year.

National Apple Pie Day - As far as we know, the first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1391 in England. So while America is famous for its’ apple pies, they were not created here. But they are still the most popular pie in America.

Make a Gift Day - This is a day that I can get into. Today, instead of buying things to give for gifts for your family and friends, this is a day to make something. I intend to make some special breads for the people on my list. When you make something, it is more meaningful as a gift because one of the things you put into it is your love.

International Day of Persons With DisabilitiesThis is a day to support the 15 percent of the world's population who live with some kind of disability. The theme for this year’s celebration is, “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” This recognizes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were recently adopted and the role these goals will have in helping to create a world that is more adaptable for people with disabilities.

Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day – Celebrated on the first Saturday in December, this is a day to celebrate Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine, who invented earmuffs in 1873 at the tender age of 15. He came up with the idea because his ears got cold while he was ice skating and his grandmother helped him out by sewing bits of fur between loops of wire for his prototype. He got a patent and improved on his design over the years. He had a factory in Farmington for almost 60 years making earmuffs and supporting his community. He invented a number of other things as well. Farmington celebrates this day with a parade every year. Marchers in the parade are sure to be seen wearing earmuffs.

National Roof Over Your Head Day – This is a day to appreciate the roof we have over our heads. Life would be pretty miserable without the comfort of things like shelter and warm clothing so take some time to appreciate the things that we have today.

SKYWARN Recognition Day – Created by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League in 1999, this is a day to recognize the importance of the volunteer SKYWARN radio operators to the National Weather Service. They give first hand observations to the National Weather Service from all over the country so the Weather Service can better predict what the weather is going to do as it moves across the continent. This day seems to be celebrated on the first Saturday in December.

Coats & Toys for Kids Day - Celebrated on the first Saturday in December, this is a day to donate new or gently used coats for kids who do not have a way to buy a coat to stay warm this winter, and new, unwrapped toys for kids who won’t otherwise get anything for Christmas. There are a lot of struggling families in this country, so those of us who have enough for our own families, should step up and give a little bit to help one that doesn’t have enough. If everyone gives a little bit, as your finances allow, there will be more than enough for everyone to go around.

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