A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Jan 6-12, 2012)

Friday, January 6th: I’ll buy a vowel. Today celebrates …. The Wheeeeeeel of Fortune. Debuting January 6th, 1975, WHEEL OF FORTUNE is the longest-running syndicated game show in theUS, with over 5,000 episodes aired. From its humble beginnings as a television show, the ‘Wheel’ quickly branched out to board games, then spread to computers and the Internet. Tonight, I’ll celebrate with the ‘Wheel’. I’ll pop some popcorn and watch Pat and Vanna host another episode. Hmmmm, too bad you can’t win a car or cash from the living room sofa!

Saturday, January 7th: That’s it! I’ve had it. Today is I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE DAY. I haven’t discovered the origin of this day, but it’s a perfect day to start the New Year out with.  A new year, filled with aspirations of new beginnings and change, is also a time of letting go of things that no longer serve you, be it habits, people, jobs or other bothersome issues. What is in your life that you’re not going to take anymore? Celebrate life by letting go of something today.

Sunday, January 8th: Forget the computer today. Pull out a pen and an old-fashioned piece of paper. Today marks the beginning of UNIVERSAL LETTER WRITING WEEK. Write a personal note to someone and drop it in the mail. You’ll make their day. Feeling ambitious? Try a letter a day for the entire week!

Monday, January 9th : Mmmmm …. Chamomile, green, pumpkin spice, Earl Gray, Chai, oolong, vanilla …: so many teas, so little time. January is HOT TEA MONTH. As we head into the coldest part of winter, these are the perfect evenings to sit and relax with a cup of hot tea. Have a ‘cuppa’ and celebrate the day.

Tuesday, January 10th: Who would have thought a little 48-page pamphlet would have such an impact on our country (USA) as we know it? On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published COMMON SENSE, a call for independence from British rule. Immediately popular, Paine’s pamphlet sold 150,000 copies in the first few months. The moving words inspired colonists and propelled us into the fight for freedom and into the birth of a new nation. And here we are, 236 years later.

Wednesday, January 11th: “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun,” says Mary Lou Cook. January is INTERNATIONAL CREATIVITY MONTH. This month take fifteen minutes a day to create. Write, draw, paint, or play with paint, glass or sculpture. Look at an obstacle or business challenge through a different view. The creative possibilities are limitless. Celebrate life, celebrate creativity.

Thursday, January 12th: “Roll out the barrel … we’ll have a barrel of fun …” (remnants of oom-pa-pa echoing in the background) It’s POLKA MUSIC MONTH. FromPrague, in 1835, this European dance craze swept throughVienna, toParis and beyond, eventually finding its way to theUS. Displaced as a popular dance by ragtime in the Twenties, the polka has become relegated to the occasional Oktoberfests. Let’s put on some polka music tonight and celebrate our musical roots. Now, if I just had an accordion!

A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Dec 2-8)

Friday, December 2nd: “Once you go mutt, you’ll never go back.” That’s what their web page claims and I’m inclined to believe it. Of course, coming from a household with four mutts reigning (currently, there have been more), I may be a little biased.  It’s NATIONAL MUTT DAY. Created in 2005 by Colleen Paige, the goal is to save 10,000 “mutts” from coast to coast. Can you save a mutt today? Can you donate to a local shelter, with either food, monetary donations or your time? (www.nationalmuttday.org)

Saturday, December 3rd: It’s CHESTER GREENWOOD DAY, also known as EARMUFF DAY. Who in the world, you ask, is Chester Greenwood and what does he have to do with earmuffs? He invented them. Chester invented his ‘Champion Ear Protector’s’ when he was only 15 years old.  He patented his invention on March 13, 1877.

Born inFarmington, Maine, the city is recognized as the “Earmuff Capital of the World” and they celebrate Chester Greenwood Day the first Saturday of December. Not bad Chester, still being recognized over a hundred years later in your hometown.

If the cold front keeps up in Texas, we’ll be looking for ours sooner than usual this year. Happy Earmuff Day everyone!

Sunday, December 4th: Snickerdoodles, macaroons, oatmeal, chocolate chip and sugar cookies; it’s a cookie kind of day. It’s NATIONAL COOKIE DAY! Celebrate the day by whipping up a batch of freshly baked cookies. The family will love you for it. If you’re too rushed with errands and frantic holiday chores right now, they’re easier than ever with the premade refrigerated cookies – ready to pop in the oven. I’m off to celebrate, see you in the kitchen!

Monday, December 5th: HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALT DISNEY! Born December 5, 1901, Walt Disney leaves a legacy of family fun extending far beyond the creation of Mickey Mouse and Snow White in the 1930’s. Countless movies and theme parks later, Disney is a common household name, revered by millions of adoring children (and adults too!) Celebrate Walt Disney tonight. Have a family night watching your favorite Disney movies, followed by birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday to an icon.

Tuesday, December 6th: Today’s celebration is almost lost to obscurity, its origins untraceable. Today is MITTEN TREE DAY. Stop by your local library and check out The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen. The delightful story of a lady knitting mittens for mitten-less children is sure to warm your heart this cold December evening.

Wednesday, December 7th: Winding down but not forgotten, today is the last day of COOKIE CUTTER WEEK. Celebrated the first week of December, it’s a great time to celebrate by hauling out the cookie cutters and mixing up a batch of sugar cookies. Not in a cooking mood? Cookie cutters are great crafting accessories too. They’re adorable gift bag accessories and tie on to kitchen towels for a cute finishing touch. Celebrate today with the versatile cookie cutter.

Thursday, December 8th: Now here’s what I’m talking about! A day just to celebrate … brownies! Yum! NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY is everyday in my book.  Reportedly, in 1892, Bertha Palmer, of Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel, requested a dessert for ladies attending the fair. It was to be smaller than a piece of cake, and easily eaten from the boxed lunches popular at the time. The chef’s version featured an apricot glaze and walnuts, which is still being made at the hotel according to the original recipe. Thank you Bertha Palmer, I am indebted to you!

A reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Nov 4 – Nov 10)

Friday, November 4th: This song echoes throughout my head …. “Walk like an Egyptiannnnn.”  It fights with images of Steve Martin singing “King Tut”. It’s KING TUT DAY. This day, fit for a king, commemorates the day in 1922 that Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the intact tomb of King Tutankhamen. Play some Egyptian music tonight and celebrate life, remembering this young, royal man from the past.

Saturday, November 5th. Mmmmm … This is an easy day to celebrate. It’s BANANA PUDDING LOVERS MONTH! This tasty dessert is easy to find everywhere. Finding a GREAT banana pudding is a little harder. Last June, I discovered that the fastest way to get on my sister’s bad side is to hide her banana pudding. But it was so much fun, and the look on her face was priceless. To celebrate today, I’ll work my way through some ofTexas’ best banana puddings. It’s a rough job, but someone’s got to do it. Sue, this day’s for you!

Sunday, November 6th: Who needs to wait for a special day to enjoy nachos? Today celebrates the cheesy delectable concoction; it’s NATIONAL NACHO DAY!  Back in 1943, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya assembled a spur of the moment appetizer, now a favorite to many. My dilemma is pairing this up with National Guacamole Day on November 16th. I’ll just have to have my nachos – with guacamole – BOTH days!

Monday, November 7th:  A whole new week begins today, a special week. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WEEK is sponsored by The International Society of Friendship and Good Will.  Most American’s recognize the phrase “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, from our Declaration of Independence. What creates authentic happiness in your life? Celebrate today; celebrate all week looking at what creates happiness in your life.

Tuesday, November 8th: Right on the heels of ‘Pursuit of Happiness Week’ this week, is WORLD KINDNESS WEEK. Happiness and kindness are so closely related, it can’t be an accident. Celebrate life and celebrate the week by sharing some kindness. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has great ideas on sharing kindness with others. Check out their page and pick one or two that resonates with you. http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/Kindness-Ideas/Browse/

Wednesday, November 9th: You think the soon-to-arrive holidays are crazy? Disorder, frantic activity and chaos seem to be the norm anymore. CHAOS NEVER DIES DAY recognizes the turmoil in our everyday life. Recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the chaos. Then … maybe plan a peace and serenity break. The chaos may never die, but it can be abated. Celebrate the chaos and all cycles of life!

Thursday, November 10th: “I will always live in your heart, As long as you Forget Me Not”. Today is NATIONAL FORGET ME NOT DAY. Celebrate life; celebrate your loved ones by telling them that you love them today! Send them a note, give them a call, bring them some flowers, or send an e-card. (And since it’s my mom’s birthday today also, I’ll be saying “I love you” AND “Happy Birthday Iona Mae!)

A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Sept 11-16)

Daily Celebrations

Celebrate life everyday,  from the Average to the Zany

September 11-16, 2011

September 11th is a date that every American knows and remembers. This date is one like the day Kennedy was shot, where people remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the devastating news.

This day is our modern day ‘date which will live in infamy’, as President Roosevelt said in his speech following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.  September 11th, as December 7th, is a date that will always be with us.  Pearl Harbor had 2,403 deaths and 1,178 wounded. These numbers pale in comparison to the nearly 3,000 killed and 6,000 wounded on September 11th .

What a date to start ‘A Wonderfully Wacky Week’ with, an article about daily celebrations, from the average to the zany.  Many lessons were learned September 11th, lessons personal, political and national.  One of the lessons that we should take from this is to celebrate life.  Remember those that died and honor their memories.  Yet, celebrate life, it’s the only one we’ve got!

The dates for the rest of the week seem trivial compared with September 11th. But in the spirit of finding something to celebrate each day, here they are.

September 12:  This day in 1966 a new television show premièred, The Monkees.  It started as a television show about a rock band … and they became a popular band.  Download a few songs to help celebrate. Some of you still may have one of their records laying around in a pile of unlistened-to-anymore vinyl. Whip out some love beads. Pull out the leather fringed vest from the back of your closet. Sing along as you eat dinner …. ‘Hey, hey, we’re the Monkeess’ …. ‘I’m a believer’ …. ‘Take the last train toClarksville’ …  Am I dating myself here?

September 13: Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! Celebrate this author’s birthday with birthday candles in a peach and a chocolate bar. Read (or re-read) one of his books. James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are my two favorites. The man may be gone, but his legacy continues. (see his website for details, http://www.roalddahl.com)

September 14: The Golden Girls premièred in 1985. Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty captivated the nation until the final episode in 1992. Betty White, the only survivor of the four ladies, is still going strong. Celebrate tonight with a bowl of popcorn and a Golden Girls DVD.

September 15: In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canadain an old fishing boat. These activists, the founders of Greenpeace, believed a few individuals could make a difference.  Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Greenpeace.  Participate in a green activity in your community that you believe in.  Write a letter. Get involved. See www.greenpeac.org/USA/en to see more about Greenpeace and ways you can help.

September 16: The Wo-Zha-Wa Days Festival begins today in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Only the flea market and arts and crafts run today with a run on Saturday and a Parade on Sunday.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been to a Wo-Zha-Wa Parade and I’m intrigued!  Curious about the name, I discovered that Wo-Zha-Wa is a Ho-Chunk (or Winnebago) Native American phase meaning ‘to have fun’. You won’t see me inWisconsinfor the festival, at least not this year, but that doesn’t mean that we all can’t have our own little ‘Wo-Zha-Wa’ Day!  What things can you do in your family today to have fun and add a little festivity to your life?

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