New Year’s Eve, No Interruptions, Making Up Your Mind, Leap Seconds, and Champagne

December 31, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning year-end revelers. Today is Friday, December 31, 2021. December 31st is the 365th, and final, day of the year.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is celebrated across the globe on the last day of the year [December 31st]. In case you’re just awakening from a life-long coma and are unaware, this holiday celebrates the end of the current year and the beginning of the New Year. The island nations of Kiribati and Samoa are the first to welcome the New Year; while American Samoa, and Pago Pago are among the last places to welcome the New Year.
The type of celebration varies from culture to culture. Many cultures have fireworks displays and other festivities to celebrate the start of the New Year. In Mexico, they celebrate New Year’s Eve by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one. In Brazil, they typically dress in white to bring good luck and peace for the year to come. In the United States, New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday. Huge crowds gather in New York City to watch the ball drop at midnight in Times Square, a tradition that began in 1907 after firecrackers were outlawed. Millions more watch this, or another, event on television. At midnight, it is customary to kiss a loved one, toast with champagne, and sing “Auld Lang Syne”. To find out more about various New Year’s Eve celebrations, use this link.
Many people celebrate New Year’s Eve conservatively with a small gathering in their home among friends and family. Others celebrate this holiday with a more festive gathering at a favorite restaurant or bar, consuming copious amounts of alcohol – much to their regret the next day. About 6% of Americans don’t celebrate New Year’s Eve at all.
Author’s Note:
No matter how you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve, I hope you do so safely and sanely. Don’t become a statistic!

No Interruptions Day 

No Interruptions Day is celebrated annually on the last workday of the year. It urges us to avoid any interruptions today in order to finish whatever needs to be done by the end of the year.
For most people, today is the last business day of the year. The year is almost over, and you still have about a bazillion things to do before you leave work. Put your New Year’s Eve party plans on hold and concentrate on finishing the year with a clean slate. Don’t let anyone or anything interrupt you.
No Interruptions Day is a day for complete focus and a peaceful and quiet work environment. It is a day to renew your energies to prepare yourself for the new calendar year ahead.
If, like me, you are no longer in the workplace, do not despair, you can still celebrate No Interruptions Day. Finish all of those small jobs around the house — Organize your home office, tidy up your garage, basement and/or attic. De-clutter your kitchen drawers, catch up on your ironing, etc. Just make sure no one interrupts you.

Make Up Your Mind Day 

Make Up Your Mind Day is celebrated each year on December 31st. As you might infer, this holiday urges you to stop waffling or procrastinating and take action to get things done.
To use a phrase from my military days, it’s time to ”s**t or get off the pot.” You have been procrastinating all year, putting off those hard decisions, and now it’s time to “pay the piper”.
If you opt to celebrate Make Up Your Mind Day, clean up those loose ends you’ve been putting off, and begin next year anew with a clean slate. No matter what you’ve been avoiding, it’s time take action to resolve the issues. This is your last chance for this year. Don’t carry any loose baggage into next year. “Git ‘er Done!”

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day is more of an observance in title only. In Some years scientists make adjustments to the atomic clock and in some years they do not. If they do, then the adjustments are made on either June 30 or December 31.
The criteria these ‘sciencey types’ use to determine if adjustments are needed are far beyond my limited knowledge of the universe. This website explains leap seconds in a more knowledgeable manner than can I.
Author’s Note:
For those of you who suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) do not despair. According to EarthSky, no adjustment will be made to the atomic clock tonight.

National Champagne Day 

National Champagne Day is celebrated annually on December 31st. As you might surmise, it celebrates champagne – a world renowned sparkling wine, normally used to celebrate special occasions.
Because Champagne has long since been associated with celebrations, it’s no surprise it was, and still is, the drink of choice for New Year’s Eve festivities. The tradition of toasting the New Year with a glass of Champagne can be found worldwide. But not all countries can rightfully claim to be serving or producing Champagne.
By law, to accurately be called Champagne, the grapes used in the production of the wine must come from the Champagne region of France. Anything else simply isn’t Champagne. Italians call their bubbly wine Prosecco and Spain calls their bubbly wine Cava, while in America we just use the term “sparkling wine”. Another stipulation of calling Champagne by that name is that a second fermentation must happen inside the bottle. Méthode Champenois is a complicated process. Champagne is typically made from Pinot Noir and/or Chardonnay grapes. The second fermentation creates the bubbles, and the smaller the bubbles, the finer the Champagne. Some wine makers have tried adding carbon dioxide to wine, but the result isn’t authentic. The second fermentation takes place with the addition of sugar and yeast to the wine. When the Champagne is ready, some producers add a sugar syrup to sweeten the wine.
Outside of New Year’s, sparkling wine is perhaps most popularly consumed at Sunday Brunch in the form of a Mimosa. However, don’t overlook the “bubbles” portion of the wine list the next time you’re out to dinner. Champagne pairs very well with rich or oily foods.
To celebrate National Champagne Day, ring in the new year with a glass of ‘bubbly’. Cheers! *
*Always consume alcoholic beverages responsibly, and in moderation!

Below is another holiday celebrated on December 31st that is worthy of mention:

Falling Needles, Last-Minute Changes, Bicarb of Soda, and BACON!

December 30, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Good morning my fire-safety conscious friends. Today is Thursday, December 30, 2021. December 30th is the 364th day of the year, and 1 day remains.

Falling Needles Family Fest Day

Falling Needles Family Fest Day is celebrated each year on December 30th. You don’t need to be an eco-warrior to deduce that this holiday serves as a reminder that it is probably time to think about taking down your ‘live’ Christmas tree.
By now, your ‘live tree’ has probably been up for 3-weeks or more. The tree is drying out, the needles are falling off, and quite frankly, it is becoming a fire hazard.
Should you decide to celebrate Falling Needles Family Fest Day, gather your family together and make an event out of taking down your Christmas tree. Before you begin, be sure to take a picture of your tree. Remember all of the lovely presents that Santa left under it and the joy they brought to the recipients. Next, put all of the ornaments away for next year. Then, clean up the area where the tree was and put all of the furniture back to its pre-Christmas place. And finally, be sure to recycle your ‘live’ tree. This is an excellent article on ways to do that.

Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 

Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute is celebrated annually on December 30th. This holiday posits the question: Why wait until the new year to begin changing your life? Instead, why not finish this year with a flourish.
Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute encourages you to spend the whole day making major positive life changes. Eat better today. Take up a new hobby. Start an exercise regimen. Volunteer. Start a book club. These are all examples of positive things you can do, today, to improve your life. I’m sure that you can think of many more things you want to accomplish in the coming year. Think of them as pre-New Years’ Eve resolutions – or “New Years’ Eve (Eve)” resolutions, if you will.
If you opt to celebrate Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, what changes will you make today that will improve your life?

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day 

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day is celebrated every year on December 30th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to conclude that this holiday, for some odd reason, celebrates bicarbonate of soda – a natural mineral which can be found in and around mineral springs.
Bicarbonate of soda (commonly known as baking soda) has many uses. It is used in baking, cooking, deodorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.
Baking soda is a white, odorless, crystalline solid that is completely soluble in water. It is very useful around the home, the kitchen, and for medical purposes. Baking soda can even be used as an antacid to treat indigestion and heartburn.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap. However, it wasn’t until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced baking soda in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.
Baking Soda has myriad uses. According to Almanac.com, here are some of the many uses for baking soda:

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down a barrier of baking soda under sink pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic. 

If you want to celebrate National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, simply use some bicarbonate of soda today – in any of the ways listed above, or in some other way that you know of that is not listed there.

Bacon Day 

Bacon lovers, rejoice! Today is Bacon Day. Bacon Day is celebrated annually on December 30th. You needn’t be a member of MENSA to ascertain that this holiday, obviously, celebrates bacon – one of the world’s favorite cured pork products. This holiday was created in 1997 by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard as a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite cured pork product.
Although today we think of bacon in the terms of crispy, delicious strips of cured pork, at one time, bacon referred to any kind of preserved pork. However, that usage fell out of use in the 17th Century.
The origins of bacon date back beyond the Middle Ages to the Roman Empire, where it was known as ‘Petaso’. The word bacon originated in Middle English from the word “Bacoun”. In France bacon is known as Bako, in Germany as Bakko, and in the old Teutonic as Backe — All of which mean “back”.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. Bacon is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack, then is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.
Bacon is a versatile product that can be enjoyed with any meal – any time of day. I am salivating at the mere thought of it. You don’t need to have a huge intellect to figure out how to celebrate Bacon Day, if you opt to do so [and frankly, why wouldn’t you] — Nor do you need to operate a piggery. All you need do is have some bacon today. Heck, why not go “whole hog” and include bacon in all of your meals today? Start with the standard bacon and eggs for breakfast, then have a BLT or bacon cheeseburger for lunch, and finally, have bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon, or any other bacon-wrapped entrée for dinner.

Annotated below is another holiday celebrated today that deserves mention.

Tick Tock, Need to Do, YMCA, Heroes, and Pepper Pot Soup

December 29, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning procrastinators. Today is Wednesday, December 29, 2021. December 29th is the 363rd day of the year, and 2 days remain.

Tick Tock Day 

Tick Tock Day is celebrated every year on December 29th. As you might suspect, this holiday serves to remind us that, with only 2 days remaining in this year, that time is running out, and if you haven’t completed your “to do” list(s) for this year, it is time to do so. If you haven’t achieved all of the goals you set for yourself this year, you only have a couple more days to work on them.
Don’t become discouraged if you didn’t, or can’t achieve all that you wanted this year. Finish as many as you can, then take an in-depth look at your career, your relationships, your artistic dreams, your physical goals, and your lifestyle, to see what you want to try to accomplish next year.
If you opt to celebrate Tick Tock Day, set realistic, achievable, goals for next year, then when the new year comes, begin to work on them immediately.

Still Need to Do Day 

Still Need to Do Day is celebrated annually on December 29th. In the same vein as the holiday above, this holiday comes at the lull in time between Christmas and before New Year’s festivities.
Children are still out of school, and maybe you have some time off of work. With only a couple of days left in this year, you may start reflecting on what you have accomplished during the last trip around the sun, and what things were left undone.
Still Need to Do Day is a day to tie up some of the loose ends of the year, and get things done before the new year begins. It is your last chance to complete those last-minute tasks that you have been putting off all year. Completing a few of these tasks now will give you a sense of accomplishment and lay a foundation to start the new year off strong.
Just like the holiday above, if you decide to celebrate Still Need to Do Day, begin by making a list of things that you wish to accomplish before this year ends — then do them!

YMCA Founded Day 

YMCA Founded Day is celebrated each year on December 29th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to deduce that this holiday commemorates the founding of the first chapter of the YMCA in America on this date in 1851, by retired sea captain, Thomas Valentine Sullivan, in Boston.
Mr. Sullivan modeled the first YMCA in the United States after the original YMCA founded a few years earlier in London. He wanted to create a safe “home away from home” for sailors and merchants without the perils of street life.
Today, the YMCA has locations in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across America. They are the nation’s leading nonprofit organization and are committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive.
In 1844, twenty-two-year-old George Williams, a farmer-turned-department store worker, was troubled by what he saw around him. Times were tough in London at the time. The streets were plagued with crime and decadence. He joined 11 friends to organize the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the street.
If you want to celebrate YMCA Founded Day, simply make a donation to your local YMCA chapter.

National Hero Day 

National Hero Day is celebrated annually on December 29th. Even if you aren’t heroic, you should be able to conclude that this holiday celebrates the contributions and deeds of all the real-life heroes in the world. It honors the people we look up to and who inspire us to be the best person we can possibly be.
Heroes come in many forms. They are not only the first-responders or the military men and women who defend our country. True heroes are those people in our lives who inspire us, and most of all those who believe in us. They may be a mentor, a parent, a teacher, or a role model. They guide us through the examples they set. They live their lives in such a way that we’re honored to know them and strive to live up to the example they set.
Should you want to celebrate National Hero Day, do so by honoring the everyday heroes in your life. Reach out to them today and thank them for inspiring you to become a “better you.” And, the best way to honor the heroes in your life is to become a ‘hero’ yourself by:

  • Donating blood
  • Volunteering at a local homeless shelter
  • Giving to a charity that serves those in need
  • Organizing a fundraiser for a non-profit organization

Pepper Pot Day 

Pepper Pot Day is celebrated every year on December 29th. You needn’t be a saucier to glean that this holiday, oddly enough, celebrates pepper pot soup.
Pepper Pot Day is much more than just another food-related holiday. It has historical significance as well. The winter of 1777 was brutal. The Continental Army was fighting for the newly formed country of the United States of America during the Revolutionary War. The soldiers were low on food because the farmers in the area sold all their supplies to the British Army for cash rather than the weak currency that the Continental soldiers could offer. As they were camped at Valley Forge on December 29th, 1777, General George Washington asked his army’s chef, Christopher Ludwick, the baker general of the Continental Army, to prepare a meal that would boost their morale and warm them.  The chef gathered whatever food he could find to feed the frail soldiers. He rounded up some peppercorn, small bits of meat, tripe and other ingredients and called it Pepper Pot Soup. Also known as Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup, it became known as “the soup that won the war.”
The best way to celebrate Pepper Pot Day, is try to recreate this historical dish. Toward that end, this recipe is as close as you can get to the original.

Pledge of Allegiance, Holy Innocents, Card Playing, Calling Friends, and Chocolate Candy

December 28, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of patriotic pledges. Today is Tuesday, December 28, 2021. December 28th is the 362nd day of the year, and 3 days remain.

Pledge of Allegiance Day 

Pledge of Allegiance Day is celebrated every year on December 28th. You don’t need to be a xenophobe to conclude that this holiday commemorates the date in 1945 on which Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of loyalty to the federal flag and the Republic of the United States of America.  First written in 1892, and amended four times since then, the Pledge of Allegiance in its current incarnation reads as follows:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

In 1999, a New Hampshire resident contacted the office of Senator Robert Smith to inquire why the Senate did not follow the House, which had incorporated the Pledge into its proceedings 11 years earlier. Spurred by this inquiry, the Senate amended its standing rules on June 23, 1999, providing for the presiding officer to lead the body in the Pledge at the start of each daily session. President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond inaugurated this tradition on the following day.
The American flag had become a standard fixture in the Senate Chamber by the 1930’s, placed directly behind the presiding officer. A half-century later, as the Senate began televised coverage of its floor proceedings, the flag was moved to the presiding officer’s right side so as not to appear to be bisecting that official’s head on television screens. To balance the American flag, the Senate created a flag of its own–displaying the Senate seal on a field of dark blue–and placed it on the presiding officer’s left.
The Pledge of Allegiance has been fraught with controversy since its adoption and, I wonder, in today’s politically charged and contentious climate, whether it would even be adopted at all. For a complete history of the Pledge of Allegiance, use this link.
I offer no suggestions regarding how or whether you should celebrate Pledge of Allegiance Day. It is a matter of personal preference.

Holy Innocents Day

Holy Innocents Day is celebrated annually on December 28th. As you might suspect, this is a religious holiday that serves as a reminder of the massacre of male children of Bethlehem by King Herod’s order (Matthew 2:16):

[Upon hearing of the birth of the King of the Jews and the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy, Herod ordered the execution of all the male children in Bethlehem].

While the exact date when this event occurred is uncertain, the feast has been celebrated since before the end of the fifth century.
Also known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents, this holiday is observed in the Western churches on December 28 and Eastern churches on December 29. These children are considered martyrs, Saints of God, by the Church.
On Holy Innocents Day it is customary to give the youngest child in the household the power to rule the day. From what to eat, where to go and what to do, the youngest is in charge. In Mexico, it is a day for children to play practical jokes and pranks on their elders.
If you want to celebrate Holy Innocents Day, do so according to your own personal religious beliefs.

Card Playing Day 

Card Playing Day is celebrated each year on December 28th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to deduce that, quite simply, this holiday urges us to play a few card games today.
In these technologically advanced times with a myriad of electronic games available, sitting down with your friends and/or family with a deck of cards to play card games is rapidly becoming passé. Card Playing Day seeks to revive the age-old tradition of togetherness derived from playing card games with which so many from my generation and earlier generations were raised.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays have waned somewhat, what better time to gather your loved ones around the table to play a few card games. There are countless numbers and types of card games from which to choose. Some have standardized rules, and others have rules that vary according to region or culture.
So, if you opt to celebrate Card Playing Day, unplug the Xbox, the Nintendo, and/or the Wii, turn off your smartphone, and enjoy a fun evening playing card games with your friends/family. Now “Go Fish”.
Author’s Note:
Playing cards are thought to have first been introduced to the world in China before spreading to India, Persia, and ultimately everywhere else.

Call a Friend Day

Call a Friend Day is celebrated annually on December 28th. You don’t need to be Alexander Graham Bell to conclude that this holiday (with a self-descriptive title) encourages you to call a friend today. Though the title is in the singular, I’m reasonably confident that it is perfectly acceptable to call more than one friend. Are there some people that you wanted to call before the holidays, but couldn’t find the time because of the frenzy of the season? If so, give them a call today.
Additionally, you can use Call a Friend Day to reach out to people with whom we have lost contact over the years – a distant family member, an old college roommate, a comrade in arms, or a childhood friend.
The obvious way to celebrate Call a Friend Day, should you decide to do so, is to call a friend – whether a new friend or one from the distant past.

National Chocolate Candy Day 

National Chocolate Candy Day is celebrated every year on December 28th. As a regular reader of my posts, you may or may not have already surmised, that there is at least one chocolate-related holiday in every month of the year. This particular holiday is the third chocolate-related holiday for the month of December and is the final one for the year. Little information is available on the origins of, the reasons for, or the creator of this holiday, but really, who cares? Any day that sanctions the consumption of chocolate is a good day.
Chocolate candy is one of the most popular sweets in the world. It can be combined with everything from nuts and caramel to raisins and pretzels to make some of our favorite treats.
Chocolate is clearly a favorite American treat. Over 2.8 billion pounds are consumed annually. On average that means each person consumes over eleven pounds per year. That may seem like a lot, but the United States ranks only 9th in the per capita consumption of chocolate in the world – behind most of Europe. Switzerland leads the pack.
So, if you decide to celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day, [and really, why wouldn’t you], forget your diet and indulge yourself one last time in one (or two) of your favorite chocolate candies. What is your favorite chocolate candy?
Factoid:
During the Second World War, the United States Government commissioned Milton Hershey to create a candy bar that could be included in the soldiers’ rations. The recipe his company created is now the famous Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar

Listed below are a couple of other holidays celebrated today that are worth mentioning.

Zoos, Paper Snowflakes, and Fruitcake

December 27, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning exotic animal lovers. Today is Monday, December 27, 2021. December 27th is the 361st day of the year, and 4 days remain.

Visit the Zoo Day 

Visit the Zoo Day is celebrated each year on December 27th. Even if you aren’t a zoologist, you have probably already surmised, that it urges you to visit a zoo today. Although I couldn’t find any documentation regarding the history of this holiday, it is prominently featured in all of my sources today.
Zoos and menageries have been around for at least 5000 years. Evidence of one menagerie was discovered by excavators in ancient Egypt that is thought to date back to around 3500 BC. King Solomon was a known animal collector, as were King Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander the Great. Wild animals were also collected to be used in the arenas during the Roman Games, though most of those died violent deaths after being pitted against each other for the amusement of the crowd. Later, British kings kept wild animals in the Tower of London, with the price of viewing them being a small dog or cat that could be used to feed them. When Columbus discovered America, it sparked a renewed interest in zoos all across Europe. His discovery of a “new world” meant new creatures to see.
The first actual zoo as we know them today was created (zoos not to stroke the ego of monarchs and royalty, but rather to educate and entertain the public) was opened in London in 1828. Since then, zoos have made great strides to humanely keep animals. Modern-day zoos are at the forefront of much of the research into animal behavior and how best to protect vulnerable animals from extinction. Many zoos have breeding programs, where they work with other facilities around the world to increase the numbers of endangered populations. In most of the better zoos around the globe, the enclosures the animals are kept in are relatively roomy and attempt to mirror an animal’s natural environment as closely as possible. Zoos are fascinating (and often smelly) places where we can get a lot closer to nature than we would normally.
Today, there are over 2,800 zoos in the world, and over 6 million people visit them each year. The holiday season is winding down yet the children are still on their Christmas break. What better time to take a family excursion to the zoo in celebration of Visit the Zoo Day?

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day is celebrated annually on December 27th.  Not surprisingly, it urges you to sharpen your scissors and gather some paper and cut out some snowflakes today. I have to assume that you are supposed to be doing this activity with your children or grandchildren. In my research, I could glean no information about the origins of, or the reason for this holiday. Information on its creator is equally lacking. Nonetheless, this exists in 3 of my 4 primary sources.
I am definitely not an artsy-craftsy type of guy. Heck, it takes me three tries to draw a “happy face”. I remember my teachers in elementary school being able to turn out perfect cut out snowflakes every time. My best endeavors, however, looked like a piece of paper that had been gnawed by rats.
So, if you’re bored, and if you have the dexterity to do so, today is the day to gather your children and/or grandchildren around and cut out some paper snowflakes with them in celebration of Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day. Heck, turn it into an afternoon party. Take a trip down ‘memory lane’ (more like ‘nightmare lane’ for me) and cut out a few paper snowflakes of your own.

National Fruitcake Day 

National Fruitcake Day is celebrated every year on December 27th. Defying rationality, it urges us to celebrate – and indulge in – fruitcake today.
I am not a big fan of fruitcake, especially those dense, sickeningly sweet fruitcakes that one can buy in stores during the Christmas season. I swear that those lumps of industrial waste have a half-life equivalent to that of Plutonium. After the Apocalypse, whatever life form re-discovers this planet will find two things; Cockroaches, and fruitcake. They will find both because even cockroaches find fruitcake indigestible.
Fruitcakes are quite possibly the most popular item for re-gifting around the holiday season. A whopping 38% of people say they give fruitcakes away when they receive them.
Nevertheless, fruit cakes have remained popular for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians buried their loved ones with fruitcakes because they believed this particular food was essential for the journey to the afterlife. (This explains a lot. Evidently, tomb raiders found a never-ending supply of fruitcake, and, to this day, market them during the holiday season). The Crusaders were known for eating fruit cakes during their campaigns. (Obviously, the diet consisting mainly of fruitcake made them extremely angry, and they vented their wrath upon the enemy). The small cakes could withstand long journeys without spoiling and were full of nutritious items like dried fruits and nuts. (They could also tie a few of them together and use them as shields to ward off blows from their foes).
If you are hearty enough, and have a tool sharp enough to penetrate one, celebrate National Fruit Cake Day by having a slice of fruitcake today. Be forewarned though that you will probably spend the rest of your life trying to digest it.

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