Life Day 25095: Happy Easter

March 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my little bunnies. Today is March 27th. Unless you are just emerging from a life-long home in a hidden cave deep in the Himalayas, you know that the first holiday today is Easter. Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. The date of Easter varies from year to year. Basically, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal (spring) Equinox. To Christians, Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. It is the most significant of the religious holidays. The birth date of Jesus (Christmas) is important, but Easter represents the hope for eternal life through Jesus’ rising from the grave and his ascension to Heaven.
The Easter Bunny became a symbol for the Easter holiday in Germany during the 1600s. Children would make nests for Easter Sunday and if they were well behaved the Easter Bunny would fill them with brightly colored eggs. German settlers brought this tradition to America during the 1700s. Over the years, the Easter nests evolved into decorated baskets, and the Easter Bunny’s morning deliveries expanded to include gifts, candy, and chocolate. Today, Easter is one of the highest grossing candy holidays, second only to Halloween.
To children, Easter is all about the Easter Bunny and all of the baskets, candy, and festively dyed eggs that he/she left strewn in their yards. (The gender of the Easter Bunny is ambiguous).
To chocoholics like me, it represents an excuse to over-indulge in my favorite confection…chocolate.

The next holiday today is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day. Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day pays tribute to those unique country songs with titles that always put a smile on your face…no matter how much you are cringing on the inside.
Country music evolved from Appalachian folk music in the 1920’s and became a nationwide sensation in the 1940’s, when The Grand Ole Opry radio station in Nashville, Tennessee began broadcasting weekly concerts which showcased all the different genres of country music; hillbilly, honky-tonk, bluegrass, western, rockabilly, and gospel.
If you’re from my generation, you probably remember the song, “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” by Little Jimmy Dickens…truly a timeless classic. But that song is by no means singular in the class of “quirky” country music song titles.
Here are a ‘baker’s dozen’ more quirky country music song titles that yo may or may not, remember:

  1. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”, by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
  2. “Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone”, by Roy Clark.
  3. “You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd”, by Roger Miller.
  4. “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim Is Gettin’ Better.”, by Billy Boil.
  5. “If I Had A Nose Full of Nickels, I’d Sneeze Them Atchoo”, by Lou Carter.
  6. “Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart”, by Johnny Cash.
  7. “How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You”, by Glen Campbell.
  8. “Too Much Month Left (At the End of the Money)”, by Marty Stuart.
  9. “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed”, by Kinky Friedman.
  10. “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”, by Joe Nichols.
  11. “How Can I miss You If You Won’t Go Away”, by Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks.
  12. “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”, by Kenny Chesney.
  13. “She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart” by Homer and Jethro.

I’m sure that many of you can add a few more ‘quirky country music song titles’ this list as well.

The third holiday today is Neighbor Day. Neighbor Day was created in Melbourne, Australia in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home. The woman, Mrs. Elsie Brown, had been dead for two years – forgotten by her neighbors, her friends and her family.
Since 2003 Neighbor Day has progressed from a reminder to connect with elderly neighbors to an annual celebration of strong communities and friendly streets. People of all ages participate because everyone everywhere is a neighbor no matter where you live or your personal circumstances.
Although Neighbor Day hasn’t caught on outside of Australia [yet], I mentioned it today to help spread the word about this worthwhile holiday in the hope that it will someday soon catch on and be celebrated worldwide. Being neighborly is something each of us should strive for every day, just as a matter of human existence. Many people don’t even know their neighbors. They live in their own world, totally oblivious to those who live right next door…let alone down the street. Get to know your neighbors today, especially if they are elderly of infirmed. Become involved in your neighborhood.

Another holiday today is Celebrate Exchange Day. Celebrate Exchange Day celebrates the National Exchange Club. It is a service organization with 700 clubs and more than 20,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1911 in Detroit by business leaders who wanted to “exchange” ideas on making their community better, the Exchange Club moved its headquarters to Toledo in 1917. Its core values –  Family, Community and Country are held by each Exchange member with pride and commitment. For over a hundred years, Exchange’s volunteer efforts have supported the needs of the country and of local communities, making it America’s oldest service organization.

The last holiday today is National Joe Day. When I first read the title of this holiday, I thought that the term “Joe” referred to coffee, but that is not the case. It instead refers to those people who are dissatisfied with their given name. But, why Joe? Why not Bob, or Jim or Heathcliffe? Well, apparently, Joe seems to be a name that most everyone likes and trusts for some reason. So, if you dislike your name, or if you simply want to amuse yourself, insist that everyone you encounter today call you Joe.

The first food-related holiday today is National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day. National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day is a “floating” holiday that is always celebrated on Easter Sunday. I don’t know where or when serving Ham w/ pineapple became an Easter tradition, but the why isn’t hard to figure out. Easter marks the end of Lent, and Catholics can finally end their nearly 6-week fast and begin eating “real food” again…and Baked Ham with Pineapple is a good a way as any to do that.
For many families, Easter isn’t Easter without serving baked ham for dinner (I know that it was a tradition in my family growing up).

The other food-related holiday today is National Spanish Paella Day. Every cuisine has one…a one-pot meal, a peasant dish that is the quintessential definition of that place and people. Louisiana has their jambalaya. Texas has their chili. Mexico has their molé. The French have their crêpes. The Italians have their risotto. China have their Peking Duck. England has their fish and chips. The Irish have their Irish stew. And the Spanish? Well they have their paella.
The roots of paella reach back to Valencia. The original Valencian dish was a mixture of meat, snails, beans and green vegetables. There two basic variations on the original. Seafood paella, as the name suggests, eliminates the meat in favor of all seafood, a popular meal for Friday observance. Mixed paellas are more akin to the original but usually include chicken instead of the traditional rabbit, and shellfish instead of snails. Perhaps, the most distinctive characteristic of any paella is the bright yellow rice, all thanks to a generous dose of saffron, or should I say azafrán? Basically, paella is a meal that makes use of what is at hand; local, fresh, and available.

On this date in 1836 – In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.

Other noteworthy historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1794 – The U.S. Congress and President Washington authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.
  • In 1814 – U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.
  • In 1836 – The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.
  • In 1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
  • In 1860 – The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn.
  • In 1866 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.
  • In 1904 – Mary Jarris “Mother” Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.
  • In 1912 – The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
  • In 1931 – Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.
  • In 1933 – About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.
  • In 1941 – Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
  • In 1942 – The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
  • In 1952 – The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.
  • In 1955 – Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on “Goodyear Playhouse.”
  • In 1964 – An earthquake in Alaska killed 114 people and registered 8.4 on the Richter Scale.
  • In 1968 – Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth, died in a plane crash.
  • In 1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system.
  • In 1988 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
  • In 1992 – Police in Philadelphia, PA, arrested a man with AIDS on charges that he may have infected several hundred teenage boys with HIV through sexual relations.
  • In 1998 – In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.
  • In 2002 – Rodney Dangerfield received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:


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