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May 25, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Ascension Day - This is the day that celebrates the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It’s an important day for Christian churches and is celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter. Some churches celebrate on the following Sunday.

National Missing Children's Day – Begun in 1983, this day was created in the memory of Ethan Patz, a six year old boy who disappeared on this day in 1979. He has not yet been found. Today we honor law enforcement officers who have performed above and beyond their call of duty in order to safely recover a missing child, or have helped a child who has been sexually exploited over the course of the year.

National Tap Dance Day – This is a day to celebrate tap dancing. It was created by Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval and Linda Christensen, and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. It is also celebrated in a few other countries like Japan, Australia, India & Iceland. This day was chosen for celebrating tap dancing because it is the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

National Wine Day - Back in February we celebrated National Drink Wine Day. Today is a little different. You don’t have to drink wine if you don’t want to...although why wouldn’t you want to? I’m joking, I know wine isn’t for everyone. But if you do enjoy wine, celebrate today by going to a local vineyard for a wine tasting. While you are there, learn a little bit about how wine is made and see if your vineyard knows anything about the history of wine.

Towel Day – This day is a tribute to late author Douglas Adams. We are to celebrate by carrying a towel everywhere we go today. Fans of Adams' book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, need no further explanation. For the rest of you, I will explain only that if you are an interstellar hitchhiker, or you want to be prepared in case you unexpectedly become one, you absolutely MUST have a towel with you. If you want to know more, read this marvelous and entertaining novel.

National Brown-Bag-It Day – This is a day to celebrate the simple brown bag that we all used to use to carry our lunches to school. These days we have fancier bags that keep things cold or warm, but bringing your lunch to school or work is still called brown-bagging-it. I bring my lunch nearly every day. If you don't, you might want to consider doing so at least now and then. It's healthier, depending on what you pack, and it's definitely cheaper than eating out every day.

Cookie Monster's Birthday – There’s a little confusion here with this day. Cookie Monster's birthday is really November 2nd, but the voice of Cookie Monster, Frank Oz, celebrates his birthday today. So have a cookie today in honor of the Cookie Monster's voice.

Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day – This day was chosen for this particular celebration because on this day in 1977, the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, was released. The idea for today is to play up your unique geekiness or nerdiness in any way you choose.

Red Nose Day - This is a day to pick up a red clown nose from Walgreens and wear it to make people laugh. It’s all about raising money to help kids suffering from poverty. There’s a two hour comedy special this evening on NBC that will be all about fun and laughter and helping kids.

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