Life Day 26820 – PARTY!!!

December 16, 2020 at 9:34 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriotic tea aficionados. Today is Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Today is the 351st day of the year, and 15 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Boston Tea Party Day 

Boston Tea Party Day is celebrated each year on December 16th. Logic tells us that it commemorates the date on which the Boston Tea Party took place.
The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” was a nonviolent political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. Disguised as Indians, the demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax the Americans had not authorized. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party became an iconic event in American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
Here are a couple of facts about the ‘tea party’  that aren’t commonly known. According to Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums:

  • The three ships holding the British tea were built in America and owned by Americans, not the British.
  • Hundreds of people participated (116 took credit); not the ‘small band’ reported in history books.
  • The Sons of Liberty carefully planned and executed the Boston Tea Party which could have attributed to the absence of violence and confrontation.
  • The three-hour event occurred because American colonists believed Britain was unfairly taxing them to pay for expenses incurred during the French and Indian War.

Celebrate Boston Tea Party Day with a “spot of tea”, and perhaps a ‘crumpet’ or two.
Author’s Note: As far as I can determine, this holiday is in no way connected to yesterday’s International Tea Day.

Stupid Toy Day

Stupid Toy Day is celebrated annually on December 16th. It gives us the opportunity to reflect back on all of the stupid toys from our childhood and remember the joy and fun they brought us. The origins of Stupid Toy Day are unknown, but Christmas seems an appropriate time as any to celebrate it – a time rampant with gag gifts, “white elephant” gift exchanges, and a lot of letters to Santa pleading for toys, stupid or otherwise.
I’m sure that we all had our fair share of stupid toys when growing up – do any of you remember the Slinky, Yo-Yos, Lawn Darts, the Slip & Slide, the Magic 8-Ball, et al? The list is endless. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t mean to disparage them, or the people who lovingly gave them to us as presents, by calling them stupid – sometimes a simple, basic idea creates a product that yields endless hours of fun.
With that said, sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable than a silly toy or puzzle to let you escape from the rigors of daily life. If you’re one of the lucky few who still has a stupid toy or two hidden away in the closet, use your celebration Stupid Toy Day as an excuse to find it and enjoy some stupid fun with your stupid treasure. If you don’t still have any of your stupid toys from your childhood, put one or two on your Santa Wish List this year so you can celebrate this holiday next year.

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day 

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day is celebrated every year on December 16th. If you have small children or grandchildren still in your home, the creators of this holiday,, think you will understand this holiday. According to them, it is the day of the year when you tell your children that Barbie and Barney don’t really exist.
What? Wait! Barbie and Barney don’t exist? Nonsense! Who’s next on their “hit list”? Sponge Bob Square Pants or Kermit and Miss Piggy? Next, they’ll have us believe that The Tooth Fairy is a myth, or that the Easter Bunny doesn’t actually leave the festively decorated ovum strewn on the lawn on Easter morning. These radicals probably deny the existence of Santa Claus as well – even though the existence of Santa is a fact clearly substantiated by the classic 1947 documentary film, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and by an article titled “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, published in a trusted daily publication, The New York Times, in answer to a query from a girl named Virginia about the existence of Santa Claus.
To what lengths will these wild-eyed, lunatic-fringe extremists go to undermine the very fabric of this great nation? Harrumph! Barbie and Barney Backlash Day indeed!

Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Chocolate Covered Anything Day is celebrated annually on December 16th. This is a holiday custom-made for chocoholics. It encourages you to cover any food you want with chocolate.
Chocolate Covered Anything Day is a great day to indulge in your favorite food – chocolate – in excess. Pour, spread, drizzle, or slather chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, strawberries, or even insects (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered insects)! Get creative and experiment with more unusual dishes like beef tenderloin smothered in a rosemary, chocolate, and wine, or opt for something with a Mexican flair and pour some molé sauce over your favorite cut of meat.
There are many different types of chocolate that you can use to top your food today in celebration of Chocolate Covered Anything Day – sweetened, unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, et al. With few exceptions, covering any food with some form of chocolate will make it better. The only limitation is your imagination and your palate.
Fun fact: Cacao beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, were so valuable in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations that they were used as currency to pay for commodities and taxes.

Another Holiday

Below is another holiday celebrated on this date and worthy of mention.

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