Make a Gift Day

December 3, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my “crafty” friends. Today is Saturday, December 3rd. The holidays today are:

Make a Gift Day

A gift is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation. It is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return.  A gift is meant to be free of obligation for the recipient to reciprocate, and free of any implied need for reciprocation by the recipient.
It wasn’t so long ago that handmade gifts were the only kind of gifts that people gave. Before mass manufacturing, people made about everything they used, and everything they gave to someone else. Now,though, people rarely have (or take) the time to make homemade gifts. They just go out and buy whatever tchotchke is trendy and hope that it is well received.
It is often said that actions speak louder than words and what better actions than lovely hand-made gifts to show how much you care.  When someone takes the time to make a gift, they put their heart and soul into that gift, therefore the gift becomes more meaningful. Most people would rather receive a homemade gift, crafted from love, than a gift someone bought in a mall on the spur of the moment, or as an afterthought.
Whether your talents lie in the kitchen, the workshop, the studio, or somewhere else, make a gift for someone today…and every day until Christmas.

SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN Recognition Day was created in 1999 and has been celebrated on the first Saturday in December. The National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League created this holiday to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Its purpose is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations.
Many National Weather Service offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of flood waters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All of this information is critical to the mission of the NWS which is to preserve life and property.

Earmuffs Day (Chester Greenwood Day) :

Chester Greenwood (1858-1937) made his first pair of “ear protectors” when he was 15 years old. He was granted a patent in 1877 and established an entirely new industry in his hometown of Farmington, Maine, where he continued to refine the design and manufacture of what we now know as earmuffs. By 1918 he was making 216,000 pairs a year, and by 1932 checks and plaids were added to the standard black velvet covering.
Although Greenwood was involved in a number of other business ventures in Farmington and was granted his last patent—for a tempered steel lawn rake—only a few months before he died, it is for his ear protectors that he is primarily remembered.
Farmington residents celebrate Chester Greenwood Day on the first Saturday in December (Greenwood was born on December 4) with a parade, flag-raising ceremony, and a foot race. Everyone is encouraged to wear earmuffs for the festivities, including pets.
If you live in the northern tier of this country, or if it is nippy where you live, you should be celebrating this holiday right along with the residents of Farmington Maine.

National Roof Over Your Head Day

Buying a house is often the single largest investment a person will make in his or her lifetime.  The home ownership rate in the United States is around 66% of the population. Studies have shown that homeowners are more active in their communities, have improved education opportunities, and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness.
Most of us take the roof over our heads for granted, but millions of people here in America aren’t as fortunate. Regardless of whether you rent or own, today is an opportunity to take a moment to appreciate the roof over your head. And while you’re at it, make a donation to a local homeless shelter to help someone who isn’t so fortunate.

Let’s Hug Day

Perhaps it’s an old wives’ tale, but some people claim that hugs are actually beneficial to your health. Hugging may help to reduce heart disease, headaches, high blood pressure, stress and other ailments. So, for the sake of your health, give someone a hug today. What have you got to lose?

National Apple Pie Day

Not too long ago, we celebrated Eat a Red Apple Day and National Pie Day. National Apple Pie Day, I guess, urges you to celebrate both again…this time together in one tasty dessert.
Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert, however, it wasn’t even invented in the United States. Rather it was invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, enclosed in a casing of pastry. Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes except they included a streusel topping instead of a top crust, and a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—apple pie à la mode—was eventually brought to America where most people continue to enjoy their apple pie topped with ice cream.
To celebrate this holiday, bake an apple pie, or pick one up at your local bakery, to share with your family. Don’t forget the ice cream.

Green Bean Casserole Day

Well, with the holiday season in full swing, it comes as no surprise that tucked somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas you will find a Green Bean Casserole Day. For some reason, Green Bean Casserole is one of America’s favorite side dishes at both Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts…a tradition in many homes with recipes handed down for generations.
Even people who eschew green beans throughout he rest of the year will enjoy a good Green Bean Casserole during the holidays – perhaps they are just being polite, or perhaps they can’t be bothered to take the time out of their hectic schedule during the rest of the year to make one. Whatever the case, Green Bean Casserole Day is the perfect time to hone your family recipe.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities  

National Rhubarb Vodka Day  

On this date in

  • 1818 – Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the union.
  • 1828 – Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
  • 1833 – Oberlin College in Ohio opened as the first truly coeducational school of higher education in the United States.
  • 1835 – In Rhode Island, the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company issued the first fire insurance policy.
  • 1910 – The neon lamp was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The lamp was developed by French physicist Georges Claude.
  • 1917 – The Quebec Bridge opened for traffic after almost 20 years of planning and construction.
  • 1931 – Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time.
  • 1950 – Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast.
  • 1950 – Tom Fears (Los Angeles Rams) caught an NFL-record 18 passes against the Green Bay Packers. Terrell Owens (San Francisco 49ers) broke the record with 20 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on December 17, 2000.
  • 1967 – In Cape Town, South Africa, a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky. Washkansky only lived 18 days.
  • 1967 – The famed luxury train, “20th Century Limited,” completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
  • 1968 – The rules committee of Major League Baseball  announced that in 1969 the pitcher’s mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches. This was done in order to “get more batting action.”
  • 1973 – Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter. The first outer-planetary probe had been launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 2, 1972.
  • 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center removed the respirator of Barney Clark. The retired dentist had become the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart only one day before.
  • 1983 – 3-foot-high concrete barriers were installed at two White House entrances.
  • 1984 – In Bhopal, India, more than 2,000 people were killed after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant. The plant was operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary.
  • 1987 – President Reagan said there was a good chance of progress toward a treaty on long-range weapons with Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
  • 1992 – The UN Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-led military mission to help starving Somalians.
  • 1992 – The Greek tanker “Aegean Sea” ran aground at La Coruna, Spain and spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil.
  • 1993 – Britain’s Princess Diana announced she would be limiting her public appearances because she was tired of the media’s intrusions into her life.
  • 1993 – Angola’s government and its rebel enemies agreed to a cease-fire in their 18-year war.
  • 1994 – Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of UN peacekeepers.
  • 1997 – In Ottawa, Canada, more than 120 countries were represented to sign a treaty prohibiting the use and production of anti-personnel land mines. The United States, China, and Russia did not sign the treaty.
  • 1997 – South Korea received $55 billion from the International Monetary Fund to bail out its economy.
  • 1999 – Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. It took her 81 days to reach the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.
  • 1999 – The World Trade Organization concluded a four-day meeting in Seattle, WA, without setting an agenda for a new round of trade talks. The meeting was met with fierce protests by various groups.

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