Simplicity, Paper Bags, Town Criers, Different Colored Eyes, Jell-O, and Pecan Pie

July 12, 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 my basic BFFs. Today is Monday, July 12, 2021. Today is the 193rd day of the year, and 172 days remain.

Simplicity Day 

Simplicity Day is celebrated annually on July 12th. As its name suggests, this holiday simply celebrates simplicity.
In the military, we had the KISS principle. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. The basic tenet of the KISS Principle is, “don’t make things (life) more difficult than it already is.”
Simplicity Day serves as a reminder for people to simplify their lives using the KISS Principle. Simplifying your life does not mean living a life of poverty. It means that one should strive for balance in their lives by frugal consumption, personal growth, and ecological awareness.
Simplicity Day was created to coincide with the birthdate of Henry David Thoreau, whose writings often echoed these sentiments.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. In proportion, solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, poverty, nor weakness, weakness.” 
Henry David Thoreau 

Celebrating Simplicity Day is simplicity itself — Simply find ways to simplify and declutter your life. In other words, divest yourself from as much of the drama of everyday existence as you can.

Paper Bag Day 

Paper Bag Day is celebrated annually on July 12th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to deduce that this holiday celebrates paper bags. Diligent research using all of my sources did not reveal a clue as to why Paper Bag Day is celebrated on this date, who created it, or when, or even why it was created.
Consider if you will the lowly bag. Since mankind first discovered that they needed something in which to carry things, the need for bags became apparent – so the bag was invented.
Bags have gone through many evolutions throughout history. They were probably originally crudely constructed from animal skins. With the invention of textiles, bags began to be constructed from cloth. Paper bags have been around for well over a century. American inventor, Francis Wolle, received credit for his patent of the first paper bag manufacturing machine in 1852. Margaret E. Knight became known as “the mother of the grocery bag” after she designed the square, flat bottom and the machine that would fold and paste them in 1870. Over the years, other inventors have received recognition and patents for their inventions of devices that improve the paper bag or its production.
Then, there is the invention of the convenient, but environmentally disastrous, plastic bag. Here in the Bay Area, many communities have banned the use of plastic bags entirely. When you go shopping here, you either have to bring your own commercially purchased or homemade, usually, cloth bag(s), bring in recycled plastic bags you have saved from previous purchases, or pay 10¢ each for a paper bag at checkout.
Paper Bag Day is celebrated annually on this date. Millions of people use paper bags every day. Readily recyclable, aside from carrying groceries, there are many alternative uses for paper bags. When I was growing up, we used them as trash bags. I also remember clearly constructing book covers out of paper bags to preserve my textbooks. We used them to make Halloween costumes. And these are just a few of the myriad uses for paper bags. Heck, the Unknown Comic made a career out of wearing a paper bag over his head in his comedy routines.
To celebrate Paper Bag Day, use a paper bag for its intended purpose, or find a way to repurpose it for something entirely different. Be creative.

International Town Crier’s Day 

International Town Crier’s Day is observed annually on the second Monday in July. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates the historical role of the town crier of old by encouraging people to take up the role of the town crier in their town or city.
In the days of yore, few people were literate, and there was little access to printed media, so town criers were a central part of urban living. Town criers were responsible for keeping the populace up to date with the latest news and events, and for disseminating news from the ruling classes to the wider populace.
These days, the general literacy of the population has grown enormously, and the ease of access to printed (and digital) media has rendered the town crier somewhat redundant. However, America still has a “town crier” type of system in effect today, though. When there is a Democrat administration in the White House, the so-called “mainstream media” takes on the role of town crier for the administration. When there is a Republican administration in the White House, Fox News assumes the role.
To celebrate International Town Crier Day, be thankful for the easy access to information available today.

Different Colored Eyes Day 

Different Colored Eyes Day is celebrated annually on July 12th. No matter the color of your eyes, you should be able to easily glean that this holiday celebrates the diversity of eye color – and also, recognizes the condition known as Heterochromia. People who have this trait, have two different colors of eyes. There are three types of Heterochromia:

  • Complete heterochromia – one iris is a different color from the other.
  • Partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia – part of one iris is a different color from the rest of the iris.
  • Central heterochromia – an inner ring is a different color than the rest of the iris.

The concentration and distribution of melanin are what determines the eye color, specifically the color of the irises.  The affected eye may be hyperpigmented (hyperchromic) or hypopigmented (hypochromic).  The excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia of the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicate hypoplasia.
Most cases of heterochromia are hereditary, caused by a disease or syndrome or due to an injury.  It is possible that just one eye may change color following certain diseases or injuries.
Some famous people have Heterochromia including David Bowie, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken, and Mila Kunis.
Your eyes also can communicate feelings. By looking into a person’s eyes, you can detect what emotion they are feeling. Fear, hatred, and contempt; as well as sadness, love, and happiness are all conveyed in one’s eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul. You can tell much about a person by looking into their eyes.
To celebrate Different Colored Eyes Day, learn more about heterochromia – as well as how the color on one’s eyes is determined.

Eat Your Jell-O Day 

Eat Your Jell-O Day is observed annually on July 12. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to surmise that this holiday salutes one of America’s favorite desserts – Jell-O.
Jell-O was trademarked as Jell-O in 1897 by Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York. It is a novel and fun dessert loved by millions. Francis Woodward later purchased the recipe and trademark, eventually making Jell-O a household name. With 21 different flavors, Jell-O satisfies every taste and can be enjoyed in numerous combinations.
To celebrate Eat Your Jell-O Day, make your favorite flavor of Jell-O for dessert tonight. Or, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, combine 2 or 3 different flavors, and/or combine it with different fruits or vegetables. Whether you mold it, layer it, or mix it with fruit or vegetables, Jell-O makes a tasty dessert or salad that neither breaks a budget or a diet. As they say, “There’s always room for Jell-O.”

Pecan Pie Day 

Pecan Pie Day is celebrated annually on July 12th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Pecan pie.
Pecan pie is a sweet dessert that originated in the cuisine of the southern United States. It consists primarily of corn syrup or molasses, and pecans. Most pecan pie recipes also include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe.
The history of pecan pie is difficult to determine. While claims have been made of the dish existing in the early 1800’s in Louisiana, (Some have stated that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, after being introduced to the pecans by Native Americans), these claims are not backed up by recipes or literature. The earliest recipe is dated in 1897, and well-known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert before 1940. The makers of Karo syrup have claimed that the dish was a 1930’s “discovery” of a “new use for corn syrup” by a corporate sales executive’s wife.
No matter the origin, celebrate Pecan Pie Day by enjoying a slice of Pecan Pie for dessert today. It’s relatively easy to make at home and is also a staple in many restaurants across America.

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

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