Thanks to the great people at NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR we now have our very own day “NATIONAL MASON JAR DAY” !!! We at Unboxing the Bizarre are thrilled to be recognized by this very fine organization.
Of course we couldn’t have done it without John Landis Mason who invented the metal ring lid that seals the Mason Jar in 1858. Prior to his invention glass jars had be used for perserving food but had been sealed with a wax that often allowed the contents to spoil. The metal ring creates an internal vacume that can perserve practically anything for as long as you need it.
It’s an American tradition! (Also available in Canada and around the world). Mason’s patent is #22186. Mason was a Philadelphia tinsmith. His legacy lives on with companies Ball, Kerr and Golden Harvest.
We are so proud to have been allowed to set this National Day Calendar Day in honor of a product that has served people so well. It is due this award as a part of our past, present and future.
How to celebrate – Fill the jar with your favorite recipes, make a minature Fairy Garden inside the jar or hang them from a chandelier!
One of the most American dances you’ll ever find is the Square Dance… only it didn’t really start in America. The English, Irish and Scottish were doing their own form of the square dance long before Americans joined in.
America did add in the caller, that person no one can understand, barking out the steps you are supposed to take. “Dosey Do” and “Swing Your Partner” are among the favorites! The dance is very popular in the southern states and mid-western regions where country music is king.
Naturally it’s a very colorful dance, sort of reminding one of the can-can for women. Men are generally a little more low key but can be equally as bright. It is a great way to excercise and a lot of elderly people are still involved with regular square dance groups.
There are competitions but most people just enjoy it as one might enjoy a night of bowling or shuffleboard. But if you are going to dance, you might want to learn it before you go, if you listen to the caller the moves will be done before you are able to conciously understand them.
How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance! Join a square dance group, after all you will need others to do the square dance. Learn how to be a caller and confuse everyone, it’s a great laugh.
Not happy with the head you’ve got? Well today is your day to do something about it! Now lets be clear here. Don’t cut off your head and throw it away, you’re going to need it before you are done. This is all about making a self-portrait of yourself, or the way you would like to look.
You can make it out of clay, wood, stone, paper mache, silly putty or even draw yourself as you see yourself to be, or want to be. The beauty of this is that you can make yourself look exactly like you are iIf you are good enough at it), or like anyone you wish you looked like.
You can give yourself long hair or short hair. Blonde, brunette, or a red head. Height and weight don’t matter because you are just concerned with your head. You can give yourself glasses or take them away, be bearded or clean shaven, big nose or little nose… or even no nose at all!
You can be bald headed if you want. You can make yourself look thoughtful, comedic, or vengeful. Your choice! No one seems to lay claim to this day, maybe it’s because they didn’t do a very good job of duplicating themselves.
How to celebrate – Make a copy of your head in whatever format you feel most competent in. Get your whole family to make their heads! Hold a contest to see who did the best job.
Anxious? Nervous? Just can’t wait anymore? If you are feeling any of those things then you will enjoy today, it’s Pins And Needles Day. The idea I suppose comes to us from sitting on pins or needles, not a very comforting thought.
It actually comes to us from a play on Broadway called, Pins and Needles. It was written by Harold Rome and ran for 1108 performances in 1937 and was introduced by the Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. Now it makes sense! They used pins and needles in their everyday work! And they felt unappreciated and wanted better pay along with being treated like human beings. Imagine that!
Since then, most people have forgotten about the play but it’s title has continued to be used as a typical cliche from the past. The labor unions form in the early part of the 1900’s had a strong effect on America and I suppose across the world. Most say they were good, some questioned what was gained verses what was lost.
The world, in the mean time, is filled with pins and needles. Sewing needles, hypodermic needles, needles used to fill balls with air, safety pins, bobby pins, push pins… it’s almost impossible to go through a day without encountering one kind of pin or needle. They have served mankind well. Of course they have also caused damage and are often associated with drug use.
How to celebrate – Think of all the items held together in your home by pins and needles. See how many different types of pins and needles you can name. Check out the play “Pins and Needles”.
Like we really need a reminder but today is “Shopping Reminder Day”. I am not sure who doesn’t have shopping on their mind but if they don’t, you will need to remind them. There are some who believe yesterday was Shopping Reminder Day, the 25th of November, but being so close to Black Friday I know no one was forgetting to shop unless they were in a coma.
But I will be the first to remind you, you need to do your shopping and get it done and over with, waiting until the last minute never ends up well. If you weren’t involved in shopping on Black Friday today is a good day to catch up though. The crowds should have thinned out by now and Christmas is getting ever closer!
The deals are running out. I went out on Black Friday and many of the things advertised were already sold out. Of course, more could be coming in but the longer you wait the less likely you are going to be able to find those items you really want at a reasonable price.
And if you have already gone shopping for everyone else, go shopping for yourself today. There is always grocery shopping if you get desperate enough. This is the time of year when retailers are drooling, waiting for you to come in the doors and buy something.
Or you could wait until tomorrow and go cyber shopping, but you really need to look at the deals today and plan your day out. Just remember when things get tough, the tough go shopping!
How to celebrate – Go shopping? If you can’t get out, at least make a list of the things you need to shop for. You may need to make a list of things you’ve already bought too. You certainly don’t want to buy Uncle Harvey two gifts because you forgot.
After such a big meal on Thursday you might want to find a lighter fair today. The problem is, you still want flavor… well, let’s see… how about a Parfait! It’s the perfect combination of ice cream, whipped cream, syrups and fruit.
No, it’s not particularly healthy but it’s no worse than that pumpkin pie you just had. If you stretch it just a bit, the fruit is healthy! The treat is layered fun of different flavors and tastes each time you take a bite. But basically, it’s just a sundae served in a fancy glass.
The choices are nearly endless. You can even use granola or cake as a layer if you so choose. Apparently the most popular flavor is white chocolate but there is no hard rule of what you can have (that’s always nice when you are having a dessert). And I guess you could serve it in a bowl instead of a glass but there is something to be said for seeing those layers making it a little more tempting.
How to celebrate – Make Parfaits for your family tonight. Make a parfait bar where people can create their own combinations. Relax in front of a nice fire and just enjoy your parfait in peace and quiet.
Okay, so now we’ve all had a day where we got along with each other, way over eaten and shared and peace and harmony. Now it’s time to beat each other, run wild in the streets and search endlessly for a park space. It’s Black Friday!
It is the day when retailers begin to make profits, up to 70% of their yearly sales. Also one of the reasons so many retailers are going out of business. If they do not draw in the customers, they cannot afford to stay open because it will be followed by Cyber-Monday, the death nail of retailers everywhere.
It always amazes me how violent Black Friday becomes considering we are celebrating one of the happiest times of the year. Is your life really going to be better because you saved an extra hundred dollars on that big screen tv or a pack of batteries cost you 2 dollars less? Apparently so. People are now going to the malls armed to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Well, try to enjoy the day, even though most people aren’t going to. You can come back to all the left-overs after you have been out fighting the crowds. I hope you find the deal you are after! But try not to forget the reason for the season.
How to celebrate – Stay home and watch tv! Go out early, you’ll have even more time to get frustrated. Buy a suit of armor and defy anyone to touch you!
Today we are thankful for all the blessings we have received in life. For our families, our friends, and our homes. And we should be since there are so many that do not have any of those things. They should never be taken for granted or accepted on face value. It is a time to celebrate those most important to us, and remember those less fortunate.
There is much ado about the Pilgrims and Indians in Plymouth in 1621 when the first Thanksgiving is generally believed to have taken place. That may, or may not be true, but that is not the point. It was two warring people who finally decided to become friends. It didn’t last for long though, but it started people thinking differently about their enemies.
That continued when Lincoln proclaimed the day in 1863 or 64. We were in the middle of a Civil War and yet we still had a lot to be thankful for. Now, the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving was not new, but setting it on a date when everyone would take part on the same day, was a new idea. It had been celebrated in late September or October in different states. Lincoln proclaimed the 4th Thursday of November as the date for Thanksgiving. It did not catch on everywhere for a while but it was a start.
Finally in 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving, the 4th Thursday in November, a national holiday (all that Lincoln had already proclaimed but now official). Stop and look around at some point today and look at all the things, and people, you have to be thankful for. You won’t regret it.
How to celebrate – Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends. Stop reading this blog and go eat!