Boston Tea Party, Regifting, Stupid Toys, Barbie and Barney Backlash, and Chocolate-Covered Anything

December 16, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriotic tea aficionados. Today is Thursday, December 16, 2021. December 16th is the 350th day of the year, and 15 days remain.

Boston Tea Party Day 

Boston Tea Party Day is observed each year on December 16th. You needn’t be a historian to deduce that this holiday celebrates the famous [infamous] Boston Tea Party. Logic tells us that it commemorates the date on which the Boston Tea Party took place in Boston, on this date 1773.
The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” was a nonviolent political protest by the Sons of Liberty.  Disguised as Indians, the demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the British East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax the Americans had not authorized. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party became an iconic event in American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
Listed below are few more facts about the ‘tea party’ that aren’t commonly known. According to Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums:

  • The three ships holding the British tea were built in America and owned by Americans, not the British.
  • Hundreds of people participated (116 took credit); not the ‘small band’ reported in history books.
  • The Sons of Liberty carefully planned and executed the Boston Tea Party which could have attributed to the absence of violence and confrontation.
  • The three-hour event occurred because American colonists believed Britain was unfairly taxing them to pay for expenses incurred during the French and Indian War.

You can celebrate Boston Tea Party Day, if you are so inclined, by learning more about this significant event in America’s history – perhaps while enjoying a “spot of tea”, and maybe a crumpet or two, as well.
Author’s Note:
As far as I can determine, this holiday is in no way connected to yesterday’s International Tea Day. 

National Regifting Day

National Regifting Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of December. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to conclude that this holiday celebrates the controversial subject of regifting. It was created by Regiftable.com.  This day was chosen in honor of office parties and the unique Christmas gift exchanges that at them. Not coincidentally I believe, according to my unscientific research, the third Thursday of December (often the Thursday before Christmas) is also the most common day for office/employee Christmas parties. According to a more scientific research study, 41% of regifters target coworkers as the recipients of their “regifts”.
Regifting is becoming more and more popular. Over 60% of regifters say they regift because they think the item is something the recipient would really like anyway. About 40% say that they regift to save money. Regifting is also becoming more and more accepted by society. About 40% of regift recipients said that they don’t really care that they were given a regift.  Another 18% of regift recipients said they felt happy or amused to receive a regift, and less than 10% of regift recipients said they felt cheated or angry to receive a regift.
Believe it or not, there is proper etiquette to follow when/if you regift.

  • Re-gift only when you are certain the recipient will enjoy your (unwanted) gift. If at any time you referred to it as junk, clutter or dust collector, it’s probably not regiftable.
  • The gift is brand new (aka unused!) and in its original packaging. No, hand me downs.
  • Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. If the gift had special meaning to the original giver, don’t re-gift.
  • Don’t re-gift if the item is handmade or personalized. [If Uncle Joe spent hours whittling that unique panic whistle, you should keep it].
  • Be careful not to re-gift something to the original giver. If you aren’t sure who gave it to you, don’t re-gift.
  • On that same note, to avoid embarrassment, re-gift only when you are sure the new recipient won’t tell the original giver what they received from you.
  • Re-wrap all gifts and remove any tags or other evidence that may suggest you didn’t shop for the re-gifted item yourself.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about the gift. Questions such as “Where did you find this? I’ve been looking everywhere for one!” may expose the fact that the item is a regift unless you aren’t able to give a convincing answer.

If you opt to observe Regifting Day, just remember the guidelines listed above and celebrate accordingly. If at any point you find the above list tedious or exhausting, then you probably should reconsider regifting altogether. What are your feelings regarding ‘regifting’? Have you ever ‘regifted’? How do you feel about being the recipient of a ‘regift’?
Full Disclosure:
This holiday was listed in three of my five primary, reliable holiday sources. Of the three that listed it, two stated that it is celebrated on the third Thursday in December, while the other one stated that it is celebrated on the Thursday before Christmas. In this instance, majority rules – so I covered it today. 

Stupid Toy Day

Stupid Toy Day is celebrated every year on December 16th. Even if you aren’t the ‘brightest crayon in the box’ you should be able to discern that this holiday celebrates stupid toys. This holiday gives us the opportunity to reflect back on all of the stupid toys from our childhood and remember the joy and fun they brought us. The origins of Stupid Toy Day are unknown, but Christmas seems an appropriate time as any to celebrate it – a time rampant with gag gifts, “white elephant” gift exchanges, and a lot of letters to Santa pleading for toys – stupid or otherwise.
I’m sure that we all had our fair share of stupid toys when growing up – do any of you remember the Slinky, Yo-Yos, Lawn Darts, the Slip & Slide, the Magic 8-Ball, et al? The list is endless. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t mean to disparage them, or the people who lovingly gave them to us as presents, by calling them stupid – sometimes a simple, basic idea creates a product that yields endless hours of fun.
With that said, sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable than a silly toy or puzzle to let you escape from the rigors of daily life. If you’re one of the lucky few who still has a stupid toy or two hidden away in the closet, use your celebration Stupid Toy Day as an excuse to find it and enjoy some stupid fun with your stupid treasure. If you don’t still have any of your stupid toys from your childhood, put one or two on your Santa Wish List this year so you can celebrate this holiday next year.
Author’s Note: 
Somewhere within the nether-regions of my storage shed still lies my yo-yo and my frisbee. Stupid? You decide! 

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day 

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day is celebrated annually on December 16th. While this nonsensical holiday makes no sense to me, its creators at Wellcat.com, think that if you have small children or grandchildren still in your home, you will understand this holiday. According to them, it is the day of the year when you can tell your children that Barbie and Barney don’t really exist.
What? Wait! Barbie and Barney don’t exist? Nonsense! Who’s next on their “hit list”? Sponge Bob Square Pants or Kermit and Miss Piggy? These extremists would probably have us believe that The Tooth Fairy is a myth, or that the Easter Bunny doesn’t actually leave the festively decorated ovum strewn on the lawn on Easter morning. I’d bet that these radicals also deny the existence of Santa Claus as well — even though the existence of Santa Claus is a fact clearly substantiated by the classic 1947 ‘documentary’ film, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and by an article titled “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, published in the trusted daily publication, the vaunted New York Times, in answer to a query from a girl named Virginia about the existence of Santa Claus.
To what lengths will these wild-eyed, lunatic-fringe fanatics go to undermine the very fabric of this great nation? Bah! Humbug! Barbie and Barney Backlash Day – balderdash!

Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Chocolate Covered Anything Day is celebrated each year on December 16th. You don’t need to be a Michelin Star chef, or a master confectioner, to discern that this holiday encourages you to cover any food you want with chocolate today. As you can readily perceive from its name, this is a holiday custom-made for chocoholics.
Chocolate Covered Anything Day is a great day to indulge in your favorite food – chocolate – in excess. Pour, spread, drizzle, or slather chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, strawberries, or even insects (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered insects)! Get creative and experiment with more unusual dishes like beef tenderloin smothered in a rosemary, chocolate, and wine, or opt for something with a Mexican flair and pour some molé sauce over your favorite cut of meat.
There are many different types of chocolate that you can use to top your food today in celebration of Chocolate Covered Anything Day – sweetened, unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, et al. With few exceptions, covering any food with some form of chocolate will make it better. The only limitation is your imagination – and your palate.
Fun fact:
Cacao beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, were so valuable in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations that they were used as currency to pay for commodities and taxes.

Listed below is another holiday observed on this date that is worthy of mention. 

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