A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun (Dec 16-22, 2011)

Friday, December 16th: It’s a great day today, it’s NATIONAL CHOCOLATE-COVERED ANYTHING DAY! Any day celebrating chocolate is my kind of day. I think it’s catching on. Today in the store we even saw chocolate covered Ritz crackers. We passed on those, but I’ve heard of worse things being covered in chocolate that will probably never pass my lips. I think I’ll go celebrate the day with a chocolate covered pretzel I got in a gift package. Happy chocolate-covered anything day!

Saturday, December 17th: Today we celebrate twelve seconds that changed our world.  It’s WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY, commemorating the day in 1903 that Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their infamous flight atKitty Hawk. 

The presidential proclamation states “As we pursue progress and prosperity in the 21st century, we remember the key to our success has always been our unparalleled ability to think up new ideas, create new industries, and lead the way in discovery and innovation–just as it was for the Wright brothers over a century ago.”

In the spirit of progress and innovation, here’s a big “thanks” to Wilbur and Orville Wright. Celebrate life, celebrate discovery!

Sunday, December 18th: Here a cookie, there a cookie, everywhere you look … a cookie. It’s BAKE COOKIES DAY! It’s a perfect day for this holiday time of year. Children adore baking and decorating sugar cookies with mom or grandma. Friends, neighbors and co-workers all appreciate a plate of freshly baked cookies. Stretched for time? The refrigerated, ready-to-bake cookies make it easier than ever. Sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, gingerbread men, peanut butter, snickerdoodles …. So many cookies, So little time! Celebrate the day, celebrate the fresh baked cookie!

Monday, December 19th: Celebrate today in a healthy way – but it won’t TASTE healthy!  It’s OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY! Yummy; all these food holidays to celebrate in December. At least today’s celebratory feast is filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Oatmeal is good for you in so many ways. And if you make the muffins with whole oats, peaches, bananas, applesauce or pumpkin (Google for more recipes than you can make in a day)…. mmmmm, even better! Happy Oatmeal Muffin Day!

Tuesday, December 20th: “You see George, you really had a wonderful life.”

Sixty-five years ago, December 20, 1946, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE premiered. Initially a box-office disappointment, never coming close to achieving its break-even point on initial release, the movie has become a Christmas classic. Nominated for five Oscars, the film has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made. It has also been placed number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

Yes George (and Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Frank Capra and the rest of the cast), you really DID have a wonderful life! I’ll celebrate tonight by watching It’s a Wonderful Life …. Again.

Wednesday, December 21st: Will he make it in time? Will he win the money? Tonight’s the deadline, at 8:45 p.m. It’s PHILEAS FOGG WINS A WAGER DAY. Phileas Fogg had a wager, that he could make it around the world in eighty days. Twenty thousand pounds was riding on it. I have to admit that I’ve never read Jules Verne’s 1873 fictional book, Around the World in Eighty Days. Today’s celebration seems like a good time to amend this. Seems I’ll be making a stop at the library on my way home from work.

Thursday, December 22nd:

winter breeze
seasons passing by
spring memories

Today celebrates NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY. Haiku is a popular Japanese poetry form.  Typically written in three lines, with 5-7-5 syllables, current recommendations have been shortened to 3-5-3 syllables, more in line with the Japanese vs. English content. An internet search of the haiku “rules” provides more than enough information. Beware; you may need some aspirin before you’re done. It’s more complicated than it sounds.

Usually celebrated on the winter solstice, 2011 is the last year of its winter celebration. In 2012, the day moves to April 17th, to coincide with National Poetry Month. So ‘Haiku it Up’ today, celebrating haiku’s last winter fanfare.

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