A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Oct 7-12, 2011)

Friday, October 7th: Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile. Celebrate World Smile Day!  This annual celebration began in 1999 by Harvey Ball, creator of the iconic ‘Smiley Face’.  He was concerned about the over-commercialization of the symbol he designed in 1963. He felt the original intent and meaning of the smile was lost. Harvey’s goal was to have a day devoted to smiles and acts of kindness. In honor of Harvey and his smiley face, let’s make a conscious effort today (and days to follow!) to smile, be friendly, and pass on acts of kindness! (www.worldsmileday.com)

Saturday, October 8th: You say potato, I say potahto … but today, who cares? Make some pierogies and celebrate National Pierogi Day. These tasty potato/pasta creations can be filled with meat, cheese, potato, or any combination of savory delights. Eastern Europeans introduced pierogies to the US in the early 1900’s. This cultural staple gained popularity. On October 8, 1952, Ted Twardzik, founder of Mrs. T’s Pierogies made the first commercial sale, hence the celebration date. Pierogies are fun and easy to make from scratch. (Or check your grocer’s freezer section.) Have a pierogi party tonight!

Saturday, October 8th: Get your game on! Your chess game that is. Sunday is National Chess Day. In 1976, President Gerald Ford designated this day “To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages.” Celebrate the day with a checkboard tablecloth, a chess game (maybe on the computer for most of us) and a special dessert of, of course, chess pie!

Sunday, October 9th: Pick a month, any month.  I needed a new reason to celebrate for today. The winner is … POSITIVE ATTITUDE MONTH!

How can I celebrate Positive Attitude Month you ask?

First, decide to have a positive attitude. I’ll be the first to admit, some days are easier than others. Some days it seems the world is out to get us, everything seems to go wrong. Those are merely situations. We are responsible for our own reactions and attitudes.

Surround yourself with positive people.  Positivity and negativity are both contagious. Unfortunately, Negative Nellie’s seem to have a stronger affect at bringing people down to their depths. Keep company with positive, optimistic people that see the bright side of life; you’ll see a profound difference in your life and your attitude.

Use positive affirmations. Changing the way we talk to ourselves changes our worlds. Read stories about inspiring people, they will lift you up. Read inspiring quotes. Copy them and keep them visible. My poor laptop is covered with some of my favorites. I have more in the car, on the visor, on the dashboard.

Find things to laugh about. Humor, laughter, and joy are closely tied to positive attitudes.

Monday, October 10th:  Lots of days to celebrate today and many won’t be working, with it being a national/bank/post office holiday. But since I’ll be at work today and it’s my longest work day of the week, I’m celebrating Angel Food Cake Day! Besides, I’m making it easy and cheating with a store bought angel food cake. There’s lots of ways to dress up a store bought cake, making it more festive. Louise, at ‘Months of Edible Celebrations’ posted a yummy recipe, honoring Andy Griffith’s birthday June 1st. Check out Louise’s blog with Andy’s Chocolate-filled Angel Food Cake at http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/2009/06/mayberry-holiday.html.

Tuesday, October 11th: is National Face Your Fears Day. Here’s a day to confront what we’re afraid of, be it people, situations, animals, places or other phobias.  These fears frequently keep us from reaching our goals or moving forward and easily stop us from enjoying life when encountered.  What to do? Admit to them. Discover the source.  Learn more about it. Talk it out. Be optimistic – you can do it!

Wednesday, October 12th: Don’t blow your top! Spin it! Celebrate International Top Spinning Day, the second Wednesday of October. “The world is a large top, spinning on its axis. Spin a top or tops wherever you are in the world today to recognize this fun and scientific fact. Add your spins to the worldwide total and then e-mail the results to the sponsor, the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum.” http://www.topmuseum.org/

Thursday, October 13th:  Here a pop, there a pop … October is National Popcorn Poppin Month! This month-long celebration gives us thirty-one days to enjoy this popular “poppable” snack. For a zesty zip and different flavor, sprinkle this herbal mixture over your popped popcorn. Combine ½ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¾ tsp dried oregano, and ¼ tsp dried basil. (From Sage Cottage Herb Garden Cookbook) Check out www.popcorn.org for more recipes, including two that I can’t wait to try, Cinnamon-Spice Berry Popcorn and Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn. There are also printable coloring pages and popcorn games for the younger ones. Celebrate and make it a popcorn party tonight!


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