Cookies and Christmas and Ties … oh my!

tie wreathDecember; it’s a month long celebration!

December is a month packed full of special celebrations: Hanukkah from the 9th to the 16th, Christmas on the 25th, and Kwanzaa from the 26th to January 1st.

A day of remembrance for Americans also falls in December. Pearl Harbor Day on December commemorates American lives lost on American soil and sea during World War II.

Lesser known holidays occur during this end of year month. Cookie Cutter Week is the first week from December 1st – 7th. Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week is December 2nd – 8th. And don’t forget National Tie Month. Try out a tie wreath for the front door or mantle place.

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!

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