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December 2017 & January 2018
UNFORGETTABLE DAYS TO COME
By Solana Hawkenson



In case the holiday season, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve don’t offer enough celebrating (ie.partying) for you, why not consider December and January’s many opportunities to blow off some wild winter steam? From National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, Fruitcake Toss Day to Bubble Bath Day to Ditch New Years Resolutions Day, you can have fun for two entire months! Check this out.......

DECEMBER 2015- WRITE A FRIEND MONTH
So, maybe you stopped mailing tangible letters years, even decades ago. But that’s no excuse not to email or shoot a text to your a friend telling them just how much you miss and/or appreciate them! Or, make a new friend by checking out the many free, online pen-pal services available.Write a Friend

Dec 1 - World Aids Awareness Day
World Aids Awareness DayGlobally, an estimated 35 million people have HIV. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.Visit worldaidsday.org to learn more and to donate to the cause.

Dec 5 - Repeal Day
Repeal DayRepeal Day celebrates the repeal of the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale, production and transportation of alcohol in the US from 1920 to 1933. Though it was illegal to sell alcohol, we all know that didn’t prevent cups from overflowing in the speakeasies of the Roaring 20s. The 18th Amendment just gave partygoers the right to enjoy their libations without fear of police intervention. I'll drink to that!

Dec 12 - Poinsettia Day
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Poinsetta Daygenous to Mexico and Central America, these plants with large red and green leaves have become a staple of the holiday season. They get their name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico, who introduced the pretty plant to the U.S. in 1825. When taking your poinsettia home, be sure to keep it well wrapped as exposure to low temperatures can injure the leaves. Also, keep the plant near a sunny window or other well-lighted area, but do not let the leaves touch cold windows.

Dec 16 - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Chocolate Covered Anything DayRaisins, peanuts, potato chips, pretzels, bananas... there are plenty of snacks that are great covered in chocolate. But this December 16, feel free to branch out. It is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, and people have been known to get pretty crazy. Chocolate covered onions? Chocolate covered scorpions? Chocolate covered squid? It’s all been done.  

Dec 18 - Bake Cookies Day
Bake Cookies DayStock up on milk and tie on that apron, it’s Bake Cookies Day! Daysoftheyear.com explains that cookies first arrived in America in the 17th century, and we are so glad that they did! Nothing says it’s the holidays like a toasty warm kitchen, filled with the smell of delicious cookies baking in the oven. Stick with traditional Sugar or Chocolate Chip cookies, or get creative with a Chewy Molasses-Spice or Cashew-Caramel recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart and delish.com’s roundup of the 12 best cookie recipes! delish.com

Dec 20 - Go Caroling DayGo Caroling Day
Time Magazine reported in 2009 that Christmas Caroling is a lot less common than it used to be. These days you see choirs singing in shopping malls or in parades near Christmas time, but people are traveling door-to-door in the traditional way much less. Aside from singing about figgy pudding, you can also get into the caroling spirit by watching the classic tale by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, showing at theatres nationwide. Or, catch the 2009 Disney animated film version starring Jim Carrey.

Dec 23 - Festivus
FestivusIn an episode of the television show Seinfeld that aired on December 18, 1997, George's father Frank Costanza created the idea of “Festivus, a Festivus for the rest of us!” Festivus can best be described as a secular holiday for those wishing for an alternative to the commercialization and craziness that ensues during the Christmas and holiday season. Instead of going caroling or baking cookies or shopping for presents during the wee hours of the night, proponents of Festivus partake of various other events, such as an “Airing of Grievances,” during which people gather round the table for the Festivus meal and share all of the ways that they have disappointed each other over the past year.  

Dec 25 - Christmas Day / National Pumpkin Pie Day
Pumpkin Pie DayCould there be a better overlapping holiday? I think not. Presents + pumpkin pie = awesome sauce. Christmas marks the commemoration of the birth of Jesus, but instead of a birthday cake, many households are preparing festive pies like apple or pumpkin. Here’s a great pumpkin pie recipe to follow that has been reprinted on LIBBY'S® Pumpkin labels since the 50s! verybestbaking.com

Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve
New Years EveSparkly new high heels, champagne toasts, New Year’s kisses, and resolutions that were meant to be broken. Some of us wait all year for moments such as these that bring promise of a fresh start and better year ahead. On the popular comedy Modern Family, Gloria requests 12 grapes to eat at midnight to make a wish for each month in the upcoming year. However you choose to celebrate New Year’s, think safe and enjoy the last precious hours of 2015!

JANUARY 2015-  DONATING BLOOD MONTH
Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood, and just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. And although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate each year, less than 10% actually do. Some people give just because its the right thing to do, while others do so because they have a family member who was saved by donated blood. There are many reasons why people donate blood, and doing so is easy! Visit www.redcross.org for more information.
Donating Blood

New Years DayJan 1 - New Year’s Day
Maybe New Year’s Day should be called National Hangover Day. If you’re suffering after a night of celebrating, check out this article called “Hangover Remedies: Cures That Work” by Health.com health.com.

Fruitcake Toss DayJan 3 - Fruitcake Toss Day
Who actually eats this stuff? If you were gifted with a fruitcake this holiday season, and it’s still sitting in the wrapper in the pantry, today is the day to toss it! And why not make a game out of it? In fact, every year in Manitou Springs, Colorado, there is a Great Fruitcake Toss. Townspeople compete to see how far they can throw their uneaten fruitcakes, and some even make cars out of them to race in the Fruitcake Derby.  

Bubble Bath DayJan 8 - Bubble Bath Day
When the weather outside is frightful, a bubble bath sounds sooo delightful! Philosophy makes a shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath in fun holiday scents like Peppermint Stick and Snow Angel- Sweetly Fallen Snow ($16.50, sephora.com).  

Dreams Come True DayJan 13 - Make Your Dream Come True Day
That’s right, there’s a whole day dedicated to making your dreams come true. Now is the time to pull out the pen and pad and get real about meeting your goals! Whether you are trying to figure out how to save up for your dream house, start your own non-profit organization, or get the career you’ve always wanted, spend today getting inspired and organized. If a little guidance would be helpful, Ehow.com has posted an online guide on how to celebrate Make Your Dream Come True Day: ehow.com. As Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

Jan 15 - Hat DayHat Day
Not only do they keep your ears warm in the winter, hats add personality to your look. Department stores are brimming (pun intended) with beanies and knit caps this time of year, but on Hat Day, don’t be afraid to try something different! Leather baseball caps are a big trend this fall, and add a level of chic to a casual, sporty look. Large, floppy hats and wide-brim fedoras shield your face from harsh weather and are an instant style upgrade. I like the BCBG Jac Knit Hat ($68, bcbg.com), Asos Leather Cap ($42.72, asos.com), and Free People Ella Hat ($58, freepeople.com). If you can’t decide which kind of hat to wear, get some ideas from this amazing periodic table of hats: origination.net.

Jan 17 - Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
You gave it the good ‘ole college try... but keeping resolutions is hard! January 17 is the most common date to ditch resolutions. But don’t beat yourself up for giving up on your New Year’s Resolutions just yet. Almost everyone has slip-ups, and it’s important to stay positive. Besides, you’re only 17 days in, and just think. You still have a whole 348 happy days to keep on failing, ahead of you!

Jan 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMLK day
August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech. His dream lives on through others on MLK Day, on the third Monday of every year. This January 20 commemorates MLK with a Day of Service, encouraging people nationwide to serve their neighbors and communities. To find projects near you, visit mlkday.gov.

Jan 24 - National Compliment Day  Compliment Day
When is the last time you paid someone a compliment? Even a complete stranger? Tell someone you love how much you admire their intelligence, their compassion, their mad dancing skills.... anything as long as it’s nice. Don’t be afraid to let a stranger know they have a beautiful smile, or that your barista or server is doing an excellent job. Never forget, it’s the little things that make life so great! Print out your own Free Compliments flyer via FuntoCreate.com here: funtocreate.com

Jan 25 - Opposite DayOpposite Day
Today is Opposite Day! It may seem a bit childish, but you could have a lot of fun with this one. If you’re usually quiet and reserved, try being completely rambunctious, and see what kinds of reactions you get. If you usually dress conservatively, try a loud geometric tribal print dress, or 6” platforms, and vice versa. If you usually listen to heavy metal bands during a workout, try lifting 20 pounds to the beat of Beethoven’s classical works instead. Breakfast for dinner? Yum! Here’s an episode of Spongebob Squarepants to further explain: vimeo.com




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