Log Cabins, Happy Birthday, Sunglasses, Orange Blossoms, and Pineapple

June 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm | 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 fans of rustic, felled timber-constructed domiciles. Today is Sunday, June 27, 2021. Today is the 178th day of the year, and 187 days remain.

Log Cabin Day

Log Cabin Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday in June. You needn’t be a pioneer to ascertain that this holiday celebrates log cabins and the role they played in the development of early America. Log Cabin day was created by the Log Cabin Society in collaboration with the Bad Axe Historical Society. Each year people go out to help preserve historical log cabins so that they can be maintained for the future and hold on to the artifacts and memories that make them so important.
Throughout history, log cabins have been a popular type of dwelling. Since humans discovered the ax, trees have been felled to make some kind of shelter. From crude lean-to’s to today’s modern luxury vacation homes, the evolution of log cabins has been thoroughly documented in history. The log cabin played an important role in the development of America in its early years as the population moved steadily west. So important, in fact, that the Whigs (the American Colonists who supported the American Revolution) used the log cabin as the symbol of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential campaign to show that he was a simple man of the people.
Log cabins date back further than the development of America though. Anywhere there were tall sturdy timbers log cabins became a mainstay of habitation. Log cabins appeared all over the northern reaches of Europe in an incredible range of styles before America was discovered, much less colonized. Sometimes the exterior logs were hewn flat so that siding could be added, and occasionally the interior was given the same treatment to make the way for wallpaper, lathe, or plaster. The Wood Museum in Trondheim displays multiple forms of log cabins, fourteen in total.
If you own a log cabin, celebrate log Cabin Day by packing up your family and spend a relaxing, stress-free day there. However, even if you don’t own a log cabin, you can still celebrate this holiday. Research the history of log cabins and their role in the development of civilization.

“Happy Birthday to You” Day 

“Happy Birthday to You” Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. You don’t need to have an imminent anniversary of birth celebration pending to deduce that this holiday celebrates the date, in 1893 when  Mildred J. Hill wrote the melody to the little ditty “Good Morning to all” that is now universally recognized as “Happy Birthday to You”. Soon after, her sister Patty Smith Hill wrote the lyrics to the melody as follows:

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.

No one is sure exactly who added the “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics to the melody, or when they were added, but they first appeared in print in a songbook edited by Robert H. Coleman in 1924 as a second stanza to “Good Morning to All”.
Believe it or not, from the mid-1930s until 2015, the song was still copyrighted. Did this mean that if you sang “Happy Birthday” to little Timmy or Tabitha you had to fear that the “copyright police” would come crashing through your door and haul you off to the gulag? No! It is, however, the reason that when you held a birthday celebration at a restaurant or bar, the wait staff sang some obnoxious, silly, contrived ditty in its stead. In other words, royalties were only due when the song was used commercially. The going rate was $700 per single-use. This link will further clarify the copyright debacle involved with this song.
To celebrate “Happy Birthday to You Day” learn more about this quaint little ditty. You can read about this song’s history here. 

Sunglasses Day 

Sunglasses Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates sunglasses.
Sunglasses are the most important fashion accessory of the summer. Humans have been wearing protective eyewear for centuries, but the stylish designs we are accustomed to today are a much more recent invention. As far back as the prehistoric era, the Inuit people of what is now Alaska used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. By the 1700s, doctors were regularly prescribing tinted glasses for vision correction. By the 1930s the Foster Grant company was selling modern-day sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray-Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses. Today, people wear sunglasses for a variety of reasons:

  1. They want to look like movie stars.
  2. They want to hide behind a pair of sunglasses so they can travel incognito through a crowd.
  3. They think they are James Bond and are up to a little espionage.
  4. They want to make a fashion statement.

Oh yes, and a few people even wear sunglasses to actually protect their eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun and to reduce glare – which Opticians have found to be helpful in the prevention of cataracts. As alluded to earlier, the effects of UV rays from the sun can be magnified during the winter months as they hit you on the way down, and then are reflected back up from the snow.
To celebrate Sunglasses Day, wear your favorite pair of sunglasses proudly – or go out and buy a stylish new pair. You can bet I’ll be sporting my Spotters™ (not sponsored).

National Orange Blossom Day 

National Orange Blossom Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. When first researching this holiday, I expected to find that it related to something botanical, or at least something related to gardening. I was surprised to find that it is actually a beverage-related holiday. National Orange Blossom Day actually celebrates the Orange Blossom Cocktail, a bittersweet drink consisting of gin, sugar, and orange juice which was created during Prohibition to offset the often acrid taste of “bathtub gin”.
Orange blossoms are cultivated from orange trees and are used in cooking, flower arranging, and perfume making. Blossoms are commonly used to make tea, marmalade, and flavor bakery items. When bees pollinate the blossoms, the honey they produce takes on a sweet citrus flavor that is very popular.
To celebrate National Orange Blossom Day, try to recreate the original Orange Blossom Cocktail – or, do some research on ways to include orange blossoms in some of your recipes.

Pineapple Day 

Pineapple Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. This holiday is not related to either pines or apples. Pineapples are a tropical fruit native to the America’s, first found being consumed by the Tupi people. Their word for the fruit, nanas, meaning “Excellent Fruit”,  perfectly describes everyone’s reaction to this tangy treat. Pineapples are actually herbaceous perennials, meaning they are leafy plants, not trees. These plants are so ambitious in their growth that if you cut the fruit from one stalk, it grows multiple stalks called ‘suckers’ to produce more fruit.
Since their discovery, pineapples have been transported all over the world. One of their unique traits is that once harvested, they tend to not continue to ripen. This gives them an amazing shelf life and lets them remain stored on a shelf for quite some time.
Pineapples can be used in a variety of ways; from a stand-alone treat all on their own to pineapple upside-down cake, to a garnish for baked ham, to producing a tasty fruit beverage loaded with vitamin C.
No special skills are needed to celebrate Pineapple Day — All you need is some pineapple and your imagination. Yes! Even canned pineapple counts in your celebration, but fresh pineapple is preferable.

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

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