Friday, December 30th: Yea! Go team! Goooooo …. Let’s ‘root’ for the vegetables of the month; December is ROOT VEGETABLE MONTH. Although the month’s almost over, it’s not too late to celebrate these nutrient packed natural wonders. Celebrate the day, try out something new. Choose from: parsnip, carrot, beets, turnips, rutabaga, yams, sweet potatoes, celery root, horseradish or more. It’s a nice healthy treat amidst our sea of holiday snacking.
Saturday, December 31st: Alfred A. Montapert reportedly said, “In life, the first thing you must do is decide what you really want. Weigh the costs and the results. Are the results worthy of the costs? Then make up your mind completely and go after your goal with all your might. In life, the first thing you must do is decide what you really want. Weigh the costs and the results. Are the results worthy of the costs? Then make up your mind completely and go after your goal with all your might.” Perfect words for today; it’s MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY. Celebrate life, celebrate today. Make up your mind and go for it!
Sunday, January 1st: Happy 2012! Besides the obvious New Years Day, January is designated CELEBRATION OF LIFE MONTH. We need to celebrate life, not just this month, but everyday. Every day we should do three things: learn, laugh, and appreciate. Learn something new everyday. Laugh everyday. Appreciate everyday; appreciate the little things in life, not just the large things. Celebrating the close parking space is just as important as celebrating the promotion. We’re here, we’re breathing, and we’re alive. Celebrate!
Monday, January 2nd: You can do it! You can! You can! Today is NATIONAL MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION DAY. Most of us are still motivated and gung-ho with our New Years resolutions. But just wait …. Let’s see in two weeks who’s still going strong. Today’s a good day to remind ourselves that we can stick with it and accomplish our goals. Let’s stick together and inspire each other.
Tuesday, January 3rd: Thank you for today’s celebration, Marvin Chester Stone. It’s DRINKING STRAW DAY, a day I have to admit that I’ve never celebrated before. They aren’t new. The first drinking straws were made of dry, hollow, rye grass. Mr. Marvin, who worked in a factory making paper cigarette holders, thought it made beverages taste like grass. He developed the modern straw from a piece of paper from his factory wrapped around a pencil and coated with wax. On January 3, 1888, the path of drinking straws changed forever. Now the variety of straws available is mind-boggling. Celebrate the drinking straw tonight. Use straws at dinner. Discover fancy, whimsical straws for the children. Have a craft night using straws.
Wednesday, January 4th: A bear was the first living creature ever ejected from a supersonic aircraft. There are approximately 564,537,600 blades of grass in an acre of lawn. A 10-gallon hat holds 3 quarts of water. So what?
Today is TRIVIA DAY. Trivia is insignificant or inessential facts. I’ll probably never need to know any of this information (unless I get the urge to try out for Jeopardy). But I love to look for reasons to celebrate. So tonight, I’ll have to try out one of the many trivia games available.
Thursday, January 5th: Today is my kind of day. It’s NATIONAL BIRD DAY, hooray! My birdseed garden out back is a little ragged right now, showing winters effects. The birds were twittering away after I added some hay over the wood piles last week, to add a little warmth and shelter over the next two cold months. Celebrate Bird Day with me. Share a scoop of birdseed or some (unsalted) sunflower seeds or peanuts with our feathered friends. They’ll appreciate it and sing a song of thanks. See www.nationalbirdday.com for more information.