Labor, Barbie, Procrastination, Book Reading, and Coffee Ice Cream

September 6, 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 laborers. Today is Monday, September 6, 2021. Today is the 249th day of the year, and 116 days remain.

Labor Day 

Labor Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of September. As you probably already know, this holiday celebrates the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It is also appropriately called the “workingman’s holiday”.
The obvious question is; if this holiday is called Labor Day, why isn’t anyone working? And, of course, the obvious answer is; because Labor Day honors laborers – they are given the day off as a reward for their labors throughout the rest of the year. Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882, and was started by the Central Labor Union. Matthew Maguire was secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York in 1882, and many believe that he is the person who first proposed this holiday. The first Labor Day celebration even included more than 10,000 workers parading through the streets of New York City.
Labor Day started out as a state holiday celebrated on September 5th. Soon, other individual states began celebrating Labor Day as well. As it gained popularity, the holiday was moved to the first Monday in September in 1884, where it is celebrated today. As the number of states that celebrated Labor Day began to increase, Congress voted Labor Day a national holiday on June 28, 1894.
Labor Day is also viewed by many as the unofficial end of summer. While the Fall Equinox is still a couple of weeks away, summer vacations are over and children are going back to school. So this marks the end of the season.
You don’t need to be in a union to celebrate this holiday. As long as you work, or have worked, somewhere at something, at some time, this holiday is for you. Many people celebrate this holiday weekend with one last family outing or a picnic. Others use it to put away their “summer toys”, or to finish the last of those summer projects around the house or yard. What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day?

Barbie Doll Day 

Barbie Doll Day is celebrated annually on September 6th. I’m aware that this holiday may seem redundant because we have already celebrates a couple of other Barbie-related holidays thus far this year. However, this particular holiday celebrates the date that the first Barbie dolls went on sale in 1959. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.
Barbie’s debut occurred on March 9th, 1959 at the American Toy Fair in New York City, to mixed reviews. March 9th is listed as her “birthday” in her “official” biography. At eleven inches tall (1/6 scale), with a waterfall of hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features – however unrealistic they might have been. In fact, it was Barbie’s appearance that caused the most controversy. Her tiny waist and enormous breasts (it was estimated that if she were a real woman, her measurements would be 38-18-36) led many to claim that Barbie provided little girls with an unrealistic and harmful example and fostered negative body image.
The original Barbie came with a black and white zebra-striped one piece bathing suit, and she was available as either a blonde or brunette. Some people, however thought that Barbie’s never-ending supply of designer outfits, cars and “Dream Houses” encouraged kids to be materialistic.
The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to imagine the future.
Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic strip character. Originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops, the Lilli doll later became extremely popular with children. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, which Handler named after her daughter, Barbara.
Barbie has had many incarnations over the years: Airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut, Olympic athlete, and even U.S. Presidential candidate to name a few. I think it’s high time for Mattel to market an updated, more realistic, version of Barbie. Here are a few suggestions; Bitter Divorcée Barbie, Post-menopausal Barbie, or perhaps Melanoma Barbie. So to celebrate this Barbie Doll Day, can you think of some more realistic suggestions to more accurately reflect this sexagenarian sweetie’s current age?

Fight Procrastination Day 

Fight Procrastination Day is celebrated annually on September 6th.  As you might suspect, this holiday urges us to get our procrastinating posteriors up out of the recliner and accomplish something today. It is a call to action – a day to get things done.
For some people, procrastination is a way of life. They go through each day postponing the important decisions for as long as possible. We’ve all known people like this. It seems as though the more difficult the action or decision, the easier it is to put it off until later.
To celebrate Fight Procrastination Day, make a list of things that have to be done, then do them. Crossing each item off the list also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Don’t worry about perfection, done is done. Move on to the next task without delay.

Read a Book Day 

Read a Book Day is celebrated annually on September 6th.  Oddly enough, this holiday encourages people to make some time today to read a book or at least a few chapters.
In today’s fast-paced society, reading is often replaced by other more instantly gratifying pastimes. Reading is a great lifetime hobby. It offers so many positive attributes: It is relaxing and therapeutic and is often educational and entertaining as well.
To celebrate Read a Book Day, simply begin reading a book. If you have young children or elderly people in your home, take the time to read to them today. It is a wonderful time to bond with them and it creates pleasant, lasting memories.

National Coffee Ice Cream Day 

National Coffee Ice Cream Day is celebrated annually on September 6th. Even if you haven’t had your morning jolt of caffeine, you should be able to deduce that this holiday celebrates coffee flavored ice cream – a global favorite. So far this year, we have covered many different ice cream-related holidays, celebrating a variety of ice cream flavors. This holiday just happens to celebrate coffee flavored ice cream.
Coffee flavored ice cream has been around since the mid-1800s, and a recipe appeared in a 1919 cookbook for an Egg Coffee, consisting of cream, crushed ice, and coffee syrup. According to one website, coffee ice cream was a standard flavor on the Howard Johnson’s restaurant menu in the 1960s, along with vanilla, chocolate, banana, macaroon, and coconut.
National Coffee Ice Cream Day puts me in a quandary. I hate coffee, but I love ice cream. Although experts say that one-third of people who eat coffee ice cream don’t drink coffee, I am not among them. My family often made coffee flavored ice cream at family gatherings. Thankfully, they usually made some vanilla ice cream as well for those like myself who dislike coffee in any form.
To celebrate National Coffee Ice Cream Day, simply make some coffee ice cream today. If you don’t feel like making coffee ice cream, Haagen Dazs (not sponsored) makes it.  I have also seen it at Safeway so it might be available at other supermarket chains as well. You’ll have to check for yourself.

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

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