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January 1, 2017

Today we celebrate an incredibly busy day:

National Hangover Day - I’m sure this day doesn’t require much explanation, coming on the heels of the most popular party day of the year. But for the young people, I will say that those who overindulge in the evening, pay the price the next morning. In my experience, you can avoid this fate by drinking a full glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage. But depending on how much you plan to drink, that might be too much liquid consumption for one evening.

Apple Gifting Day - This is a healthy and very versatile gift that almost everyone would enjoy. And there are a lot of different varieties to choose from.

New Year's Day – It’s that time of year again, when we welcome in a new year and we all have to retrain our brains and our writing hands to write 2016 instead of the 2015 we’ve been using for the last 365 days.

New Year's Dishonor List Day – On this day every year Lake Superior State University in Michigan publishes a list of overused words that, in their opinion, should be stricken from the English Language. This tradition was begun on this day in 1976 and as far as I know, they have never missed a year.

National Bloody Mary Day – On this, the first day of the year and directly after staying up too late and drinking too much, I have found the perfect drink for you. I'm told that it is good for getting rid of hangovers. I've never tried it myself so you will have to let me know if it works.

Every Horses’ Birthday - Happy birthday to every thoroughbred horse in the Northern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere horses celebrate on August 1st. Having a standardized birthday like this makes it easier for them to label horses as a one year old or two year old, etc. for the races. Plus most horses don’t have exact records kept of their actual birthday.

National First Foot Day – There is an old Scottish tradition that says that the first person to visit your home after the New Year is called the First Footer, and he/she must bring gifts. Not just any old gifts, either. They must bring a lump of coal for good luck, a coin for happiness and wealth, and a drink of whiskey for the host. Who will be your First Footer? If he/she doesn't have the proper gifts, you should not let them in, unless it’s your Mom. Always let your Mom in.

Copyright Law Day – This is a day that promises lots of excitement and long as you are a fun loving copyright lawyer. Copyright law is very complicated, I hear, but then isn’t all law work complicated?

Public Domain Day - Related to copyright laws, on this day every year, another round of books becomes public domain. This means that 70 years after the death of the author, his/her books are no longer protected by copyright laws and anyone can print and sell them without paying anything to the estate of the author.

Euro Day – On this day in 2002, the Euro was adopted by most of the countries in Europe. Others joined later on. I believe that Lithuania was the last country to legally adopt the Euro on this day in 2015.

Global Family Day – This is a day of peace and sharing to be celebrated around the world. It is a day where we share food with friends and the needy and make personal pledges of non-violence and spread a message of peace and sharing by ringing bells and/or beating drums in hopes of making society and the world a safer place to live. This day developed out of the United Nations “One Day in Peace” back in the year 2000.

Mummer's Parade This parade dates back to somewhere in the mid 17th century and combines many different European and African heritages. It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in America (I say festival because it is far more than just a parade) and is celebrated in Philadelphia, PA.

Ellis Island Day – On this day in 1892, Ellis Island was opened for the purpose of processing immigrants to the United States of America. Annie Moore, 15 years old and from Ireland, was the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island on January 2nd. More than 12 million, from many different countries, followed her over the years.

Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day – Celebrated by crazy people who jump into icy waters for no good reason that I can think of. I mean no insult to the aforementioned crazy people, but I won't even get into pool water in June because it is still too cold for me. I know that many of them do it to benefit various charities, and that’s a pretty good reason, but not good enough for me.

Saint Basil's Day -Saint Basil the Great was the Greek Bishop of what is now Turkey. He was known for caring for the poor and he created the guidelines by which monks lived for centuries. He died on this day in 379.

Z Day - This is an odd holiday that involves letting people with a name beginning with Z be first in line for the day. Z people are always last, but not today. The day was created by Tom Zager for obvious reasons.

Rose Bowl Game – On this day the famous Rose Bowl game is played. This is a football event for those of you who are like me and don't pay any attention to sports at all.

Tournament of Roses Parade Day – This famous parade takes place in Pasadena, California in the morning but thanks to the miracle of television, you can watch it all over the world.

Commitment DayThis is a family oriented 5K run/walk with the purpose of starting a conversation about adopting a healthy way of life for your family that will spread around the country. Commitment Day supports the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. healthy living initiative.

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