Trees, Wait Staff, Biographers, Purple, Baking, Mimosas, and Coquilles St. Jacques

May 16, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning tree-huggers. Today is Sunday, May 16, 2021. Today is the 136th day of the year, and 229 days remain.

Love a Tree Day

Love a Tree Day is celebrated annually on May 16th. You needn’t be an arborist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the symbiotic relationship between mankind and trees.
What’s not to love about trees? They are majestic and beautiful. They benefit mankind by providing shade on those long hot summer days. And, through a process called photosynthesis, give off oxygen; which mankind needs to exist. Win! Win! Although some may disagree, when trees drop their leaves each fall as part of their natural life process, they also provide a form of light exercise as you rake the leaves and dispose of them.
To celebrate Love a Tree Day, pamper your trees today. If they need to be trimmed, trim them. If there are any competing plants or weeds nearby, remove them. Give your trees some fertilizer, and a good drink of water. Then relax and enjoy a nice cold beverage of your choice in the shade they provide.
Listed below are a few other fun facts about trees. 

  • There are some tree species that live to be several thousand years old.
  • A mature tree can remove nearly 70 times more airborne pollution than a newly planted one.
  • A single tree produces about 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two fully mature trees can provide enough oxygen each year to support a family of 4.
  • Over 20% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

National Wait Staff Day

National Wait Staff Day pays homage to those who serve your meals when you dine out. A server can “make or break” your dining experience. A good server will not hover, but always be attentive. A bad server, one who is surly, inattentive, or who needs a refresher course in personal hygiene can ruin your meal (and your special occasion if that is the reason you are dining out).
With that said, everyone can have a bad day once in a while, so take that into consideration. The wait staff at most restaurants make minimum wage or less, so they rely upon gratuities to supplement their income. The average ‘tip’ these days is about 18%…and that is fair.
Having worked a couple of jobs where the only compensation I received was derived from tips, I tend to be a little more generous. I usually tip 20% plus. I take the total of the amount due, divide by ten, and multiply by two. I then add that amount to the total on the bill and round up to the nearest whole dollar. [For instance: During a recent dining out experience, my total bill came to $23.47. Divide that by 10 and the sum is $2.347 (I round up to $2.35). Multiply $2.35 by 2 and the sum is $4.70. Add $4.70 to $23.47 and you get $28.17. I then round that amount up to $29.00, so the tip was $5.53 or about 24%]. My server(s) (I had dinner right at shift change so I had two) were both excellent. However, if the service is abominable, I will tip accordingly. So, if you dine out today, and your server is at all competent, be a little more generous with your gratuity. You could also wish them a Happy Waiter/Waitress/Wait Staff Day.

Biographer’s Day 

Biographer’s Day is celebrated annually on May 16th. You don’t need to be a bibliophile to deduce that this holiday celebrates biographers – those writers who chronicle the lives of others.
The modern style of biography originated in the eighteenth century and is most closely associated with James Boswell, who undertook an extraordinary biography of his charismatic companion Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson was a famous author and lexicographer, who wrote, among other things, the ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ (published in 1755), the first English dictionary. The ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ was the book upon which most dictionaries were based until it was superseded by the publishing of the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ in 1928.
Biographer’s Day commemorates the date when the two first met in a London bookshop in 1763. Boswell’s work, The Life of Samuel Johnson, published in 1791, is widely considered to be the greatest biography ever written. Boswell’s expansive work about Mr. Johnson, warm, uncompromising, and exhaustively detailed, established a new way of writing a biography and shaped the emergence of the biography format that is popular today.
To celebrate Biographer’s Day, simply begin reading a biography about someone about whom you have an interest.

Wear Purple for Peace Day 

Wear Purple For Peace Day is celebrated annually on May 16th. If you think that this holiday is just another one of those namby-pamby, stomach-turning holidays created by the United Nations or created by some “hippiesque” group wanting peace throughout the world, you are mistaken — Wear Purple for Peace Day is much weirder than that.
Wear Purple For Peace Day was created out of the belief that the only reason outer space aliens have not yet visited Earth is that we are too violent. The goal is to make Earth a peaceful place so that the aliens might someday deem us worthy of a visit.
How silly! Everyone knows that the aliens are already here. They live among us now. They have taken over every level of our Government, our universities, and are slowly getting us accustomed to subjugation, tyranny, and omnipresent power in the hands of a select few. How else can one possibly explain what is going on with our state and local governments and on college campuses these days?

World Baking Day 

World Baking Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in May. You needn’t be a world-renowned pâtissier to determine that his holiday celebrates baking. It is the holiday to dig out your rolling pin, heat up your oven, and prepare something delicious. Whether you choose to bake a pie, a batch of cookies, some brownies, a cake or cupcakes, or a nice crusty loaf of bread, today is the day to bake something – then share it with your family, neighbors, or friends.
World Baking Day was created to spread the joy of baking all around the world, especially to those who perhaps don’t bake too often and are not particularly experienced at it. This holiday is meant to show people just how much fun it can be to make a cake or some cookies, and that baking can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. And, as a bonus, you get to eat what you’ve created.
It doesn’t matter what you bake, or how complicated or uncomplicated the recipe is, to celebrate World Baking Day, simply bake something today – it’s that easy.

Mimosa Day

Mimosa Day is celebrated annually on May 16th. You don’t need to be a professional mixologist to conclude that this holiday celebrates Mimosas – the tasty, yet simple-to-make cocktail made with equal parts of orange juice and champagne.
Mimosas are an elegant cocktail that was created in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. It is traditionally served in a champagne flute and is usually enjoyed on special occasions such as weddings, Easter and Mother’s Day, and on cruise ships or at resorts. In recent history, it is becoming popular during Sunday brunches as well.
Do I really need to offer you suggestions on how to celebrate Mimosa Day?

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day 

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day is celebrated annually on May 16th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates Coquilles St. Jacques – a classic French scallop dish.
Coquilles St. Jacques translates to  St. James’s Scallops. It is a classic French dish made with scallops, heavy cream, butter, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese, baked in a scallop shell.
If you are inquisitive and adventurous this link gives you the legend of St. James the Greater, his association with scallops, and a recipe for Coquilles St. Jacques to assist you in your celebration of National Coquilles St. Jacques Day.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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