Hello, Television, False Confessions, Ginger Bread, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie

November 21, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Hello friends. Today is Sunday, November 21, 2021. November 21st is the 325th day of the year, and 40 days remain.

World Hello Day 

World Hello Day is celebrated each year on November 21st. As you might expect, this holiday urges us to greet everyone with a friendly “hello” today. In a broader sense, however, this holiday also emphasizes the need to use communication rather than violence or war to resolve a conflict. This holiday was created in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973.  Since then, it has been observed by people in 180 countries.
As a global event, World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. It is an instrument for preserving peace and makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.  Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, work together to promote this annual global event.
To celebrate Worlds Hello Day, simply say “hello” to anyone you encounter today.

World Television Day 

World Television Day is celebrated annually on November 21st. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday doesn’t concern your TV set — Nor, does it celebrate the first television broadcast, the date television was invented, or the person who invented it.
This holiday was created by, believe it or not, the United Nations in 1996. It focuses on the contributions television makes in disseminating information to the huddled masses. This link will take you to their website, where you can read the verbose UN vernacular that they use to convey the same information I so succinctly and articulately outlined for you in the previous sentence.
To celebrate World Television Day, simply turn on the “boob tube” and watch to your heart’s content.

False Confession Day 

False Confession Day is celebrated each year on November 21st. You needn’t be clairvoyant to deduce that this holiday, for whatever reason, encourages you do confess to something that’s untrue.
I must admit that I am baffled by this holiday. I can’t think of any reason to confess to something that you didn’t do. I guess that some confessions are told to protect someone else. I do remember one episode of “The Brady Bunch” where the other five children confessed to breaking their mother’s vase so that Peter could go on a planned camping trip, but that plot was thwarted in the end.
If you decide to celebrate False Confession Day, you need to keep a few things in mind. According to The Innocence Project, “innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or plead guilty” in about 25 percent of DNA exoneration cases. So, if you are going to confess to something you didn’t do, keep the confessions light and fun so you don’t create waves of discontent at home or in the workplace. Avoid any confessions related to crime and the law or you may find yourself in real trouble. You could also play “Three Lies and a Truth” with your family/friends and keep them guessing about which “confession” was true.

Gingerbread Day 

Gingerbread Day is celebrated annually on November 21st. You don’t need to be a master baker to conclude that this holiday celebrates gingerbread – a favorite baked good worldwide. However, just as hamburger contains no ham and Grape Nuts contains no grapes, gingerbread too, is somewhat a misnomer as well, in that it bears little resemblance to bread. Gingerbread Day celebrates gingerbread in all its forms.
Gingerbread is most commonly made into cakes and cookies. Although ginger originated in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, the first recorded use of the word gingerbread dates to 992, when Gregory of Nicopolis, an Armenian monk, brought ginger to Europe and taught French priests how to cook with it. According to The Food Timeline, gingerbread dates back to Medieval times. During this era, gingerbread meant “preserved ginger”, which came from the Old French term “ginger bras”, which itself was derived from “zingebar”, the Latin term for ginger. By the 15th century, gingerbread meant a type of cake made with molasses and ginger, but it was not yet widely used.
What we know as gingerbread today came into prominence in the 18th century and can range from a soft cake to harder treats such as biscuits and cookies. After the publication of the Grimm Brothers’ story “Hansel and Gretel” German bakeries began to capitalize on the story’s popularity by offering elaborately decorated gingerbread houses with icing snow on the roofs, along with edible gingerbread Christmas cards and finely detailed molded cookies – and gingerbread houses and gingerbread men were born. Recipes for gingerbread cookies were brought to America by German immigrants. They were popular in early American cookbooks. The cookies soon very became popular – especially around the Christmas season.
To celebrate Gingerbread Day, enjoy some gingerbread today, either in the form of a cake or as cookies. If you’re feeling overly adventurous, make a gingerbread house and some gingerbread men [and gingerbread women and children also, of course].

National Stuffing Day 

National Stuffing Day is celebrated each year on November 21st. You can readily infer from its name; this holiday celebrates stuffing. While many types foods can be stuffed such as poultry, fish, pork chops, beef, different types of vegetables, and even eggs, due to the timing of this holiday, I’m relatively sure that this holiday refers to the stuffing you’ll be having with your roasted turkey on Thanksgiving in just a few days.
Literally everyone knows what stuffing is and has their own favorite [secret] recipe, so I won’t bore you with those details. As alluded to earlier, there are many different varieties of stuffing that include a variety of different ingredients that provide for some originality, but almost all types of stuffing have a few basic ingredients at their core – some type of dry bread, celery, and onions. From there, you can experiment with different ingredients to suit your individual taste. Why not use some cranberry or orange juice to moisten the bread rather than, or in addition to, the traditional chicken broth? Both pair well with poultry.
This holiday serves as a reminder to make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand to make your favorite stuffing recipe for your Thanksgiving Day feast. So, if you don’t already have the ingredients for your ‘secret’ stuffing recipe, celebrate National Stuffing Day by shopping for them today. If you do, then good for you, you’re way ahead of the game!

Pumpkin Pie Day 

Pumpkin Pie Day is celebrated annually on November 21st. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to discern that this holiday celebrates pumpkin pie – a perennial holiday favorite. I’m not a firm believer in coincidence, so the timing of this holiday [just a few days before Thanksgiving Day] has to be deliberate.
Pumpkin Pie is the classic dessert for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. It consists of a sweet, pumpkin filling, often flavored with spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, which is baked into a flaky pie shell.
Again, Pumpkin Pie Day serves as a reminder to make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand to make your pies [including pumpkin] for Thanksgiving, so celebrate it in the same manner as the aforementioned National Stuffing Day.
Factoid:
The world’s largest pumpkin pie weighed in at over 350 pounds. It was made with roughly 36 pounds of sugar, 144 eggs, and 80 pounds of pumpkin purée. I have no idea how they baked it.

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

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