Baby Boomers, Black Cats, Thrift Shops, Feet, the Meaning of ‘Is’, and Vanilla Custard

August 17, 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 Baby Boomers. Today is Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Today is the 229th day of the year, and 136 days remain.

Baby Boomers Recognition Day

Baby Boomers Recognition Day is celebrated annually on August 17th. Even Gen Xers, Millennials, Gen Zers, and possibly some Gen Alphas should be able to discern that this holiday celebrates Baby Boomers – the generation that was born between 1946 and 1964. This holiday was created in 2011 and was originally celebrated on June 21st. However, due to frequent conflicts with Father’s Day weekend, it was moved to August 17th in 2015 to coincide with one of the iconic moments in Baby Boomer history – the Woodstock Music Festival.
There was an uptick in births after WWII, which was spurred by an economic boom and a longing for a return to normalcy after the Great Depression and the war. Early baby boomers came of age during the Summer of Love and Woodstock and grappled with issues such as the Vietnam War during a time of great social change. In general, early baby boomers tended to be more liberal than later baby boomers, although many early baby boomers’ politics shifted towards the right in the 1980s. To date, four United States Presidents have been baby boomers: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. [Our current President, Joe Biden, is a member of “the Silent Generation”]. Their varying ideologies demonstrate that the views of baby boomers are not ‘carved in stone’. Rock & Roll and television were important parts of the lives of young baby boomers, and there was a belief while growing up that they were better off than those who came before them.
Baby boomers have witnessed a significant number of historical events. Baby boomers saw the transition from radio to television, and went from vinyl records to 8-track tapes, to cassettes, to CDs, to MP3’s and now “streaming” music. They were around for the dawn of the ‘computer age’. They saw the first man go into space, saw man’s first walk on the moon, and a permanent space station orbiting the Earth. They lived through the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights protests, student unrest, Woodstock, and the Watergate scandal — And I have just scratched the surface. They are now rapidly approaching retirement age or are already retired.
To celebrate Baby Boomer Recognition Day, learn more about the many accomplishments and contributions to society that “baby boomers” have made.

Black Cat Appreciation Day 

Black Cat Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on August 17th. You needn’t be an ailurophile to deduce that this holiday celebrates those oft-maligned felines – black cats.
Due to a special pigment called melanin in their fur, when out in the sun, many black cats will temporarily turn a dark brown color, as if they have color-shifting powers. The melanin also causes their irises to be yellow. Because of these traits, superstitions abound that black cats are thought to be the harbingers of evil and/or bad luck. During the Middle Ages, black cats were believed to be connected to witchcraft, and the reputation stuck. Another superstition says that if a black cat crosses your path, and that the encounter portends bad things to come. Sadly, because of this bad reputation, black cats are far more likely to be euthanized or wait a long time to be adopted from shelters. Black Cat Appreciation Day was launched to show people that a black cat could be the perfect choice for them, and help raise awareness about black cats in general.
However, on a brighter note, in Japan, young women are encouraged to own a black cat to increase their chances of romance. In Great Britain, black cats are thought to bring good luck, and in Germany, if a black cat crosses your path (from the right), it is said to bring prosperity. Research shows that black cats may have developed dark hair to fight off disease, meaning their fur is more than beautiful – it’s useful too.
If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them being evil and bringing bad luck completely unfounded, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you. To celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day, learn more about the many positive attributes of black cats. And, of course, a small donation to a no-kill animal shelter is always a good way to celebrate any pet-related holiday.

National Thrift Shop Day 

National Thrift Shop Day is celebrated annually on August 17th. You don’t need to be frugal to glean that this holiday celebrates those stores where bargains abound – thrift shops.
The term ‘thrift shop’ has a couple of meanings in today’s society. The first meaning refers to stores that sell merchandise which is deeply discounted. It’s not always the highest quality, but the price is right. You know these stores better today as discount department stores and dollar stores.
The other meaning refers to a resale shop that sells used goods, typically receiving its inventory from donations. Popular examples of thrift stores include those offered through non-profit organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army.
No matter which meaning you prefer, celebrate National Thrift Shop Day by going “thrifting” today and pick up some bargains.

National “I Love My Feet” Day

National “I Love My Feet” Day is observed annually on August 17. You needn’t be a podiatrist to conclude that this holiday urges us to appreciate how valuable and necessary our feet are, to practice good foot care, and to pamper our feet.
Most people don’t think much about their feet – that is until they stub their toe on the coffee table, step on a Lego that their kid left on the living room floor, or get a blister from ill-fitting shoes. Feet are our primary mode of transportation. They help us stand, run, walk, play sports, jog, skip, dance, etc. They take us to school or work and help us navigate through our homes. Our feet withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.
Proper foot care is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes. Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation. A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.
About 75% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of those problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain, consulting your physician or a podiatrist can help – but the best way to avoid foot problems is to take care of your feet.
To celebrate National “I Love My Feet” Day, simply learn more about the benefits of proper foot care. Examine your feet today. Do you have any calluses or blisters? Do your feet hurt?  If so, today would be a good day to begin a daily foot care regimen.

The Meaning of “Is” Day

The Meaning of “Is” Day, is celebrated annually on August 17th. You needn’t be a wordsmith to ascertain that this holiday, of course, refers to the [now infamous] words uttered by former President Bill Clinton as he dabbled in semantics during his testimony before a Grand Jury hearing on this date in 1998. The Grand Jury hearings were attempting to discover and clarify his relationship with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. In answer to a question, President Clinton said, “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
The word ‘is’ is the seventh most commonly used word in the English language. Even so, it is a hard word to define. Most dictionaries agree that the word “is” is the third person singular form of the word “be” – which is equally hard to define without going into a bunch of existential folderol.
To celebrate The Meaning of “Is” Day, you could spend the rest of your day trying to decipher the definitive definition of the word “is” and still not be successful — Or you could simply accept the fact the definition of the word “is“,  just ‘is’ – and move on with your life.

National Vanilla Custard Day 

National Vanilla Custard Day is celebrated annually on August 17th. As its name implies, this holiday celebrates vanilla custard – the versatile sweet treat loved worldwide.
Vanilla custard is a sweet pudding-like dish made with vanilla, eggs, sugar, and milk. It can be enjoyed on its own or as an ingredient in other desserts. Vanilla custard has been around since the Middle Ages and was traditionally used as a pie filling. Today, custard is an important component in many dessert recipes including éclairs, trifle, and Boston cream pie.
The word custard is derived from “crustade,” – a tart with a crust. After the 16th century, fruit creams became popular and it was about this time that custards began to be made in individual dishes or bowls rather than as fillings for a crust. Yet, as things move full circle, today custard is used to fill tarts, Danish pastry, cream puffs and éclairs, and other sweet delights.
Custards are prepared in two ways: stirred and cooked on top of the stove, or baked in the oven. So, to celebrate National Vanilla Custard Day, make a vanilla custard and enjoy it for dessert tonight. Myriad recipes are available online – or, if you prefer, you can just make a batch of vanilla pudding/custard from one of those instant vanilla pudding mixes – it is basically the same thing.

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

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