Crayons have been with us in a sense since the 17th century, though the originals were not made out of wax and had very limited colors to choose from. The first were made from a mixture of of charcoal and oil, it wasn’t until 1902 they started being made of wax. Over 3 billion crayons are made every year, Crayola having made over 237 billion since it first began. They keep a running count of 120 colors while generally retiring 50 colors a year. and this is the day they retire the old and add the new. Crayola helps keep life colorful!
How to celebrate – Visit one of the Crayola stores. See if you can figure out what colors are due to be retired. Plan a fun day of coloring with the family.
Have you ever said something and instantly regretted it? Well that is what today is all about. Back in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded and the Vice President (George W. Bush) was not readily available, Alexander Haig told all not to worry, he was in control. Haig was the Secretary of State at the time and really had no way of taking control but he simply meant he would keep the government together until Bush could be sworn in, if needed. Turns out it wasn’t needed but so many people took exception to Haig’s statement that he had to resign (yep cancel culture was a thing back then too). It was simply one of those moments he should have kept his mouth shut.
How to celebrate – Read about the assassination attempt on on Ronald Reagan’s life. Think about what you say before you say it. Never allow anything you say to be quoted!
When we say something is “smoke and mirrors” it simply means what we are seeing is not what we are actually getting. It is an illusion, magic or whatever you want to call it. The better one is at performing this illusion, the more we believe in the “smoke and mirrors” theory. Often things like twins, unknown to the audience, are used to create an illusion of one disappearing in one place and somehow magically appearing in another. Today is known as the Festival of Smoke and Mirrors. It’s the day a magician will show you their illusion but never tell you how they do it.
How to celebrate – Learn some magic tricks of your own. Read about the smoke and mirrors used during D-Day in World War 2. Go to a magic show.
March 28th Respect Your Cat Day
Here is a day you best observe, because if you don’t… you will regret it. Cats are not known for their sense of humor. They would just as soon rip you apart if they think you are laughing at them as with them. Cats will put up with a lot, but when they think they are being dis-respected they will rebel! So the next time you see them run into a glass door they think is open, or fall off a table they thought was longer than it was, don’t laugh out loud… they will come after you when you least expect it.
How to celebrate – Respect your cat. Give your cat a commanding spot to perch. Never, never, try to dress your cat up in some silly outfit.
This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.
How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.
Today you are supposed to call everyone, and anyone, “Joe”. Why? You’ll have to ask Joe that. During World War two our soldiers were often called Joe since it was easy for our enemies to remember… and since a good number of soldiers at that time were actually named Joe. Coffee has been called Joe because of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels who ban alcohol on navy bases and tried to replace it with coffee during World War 1. “Joe” simply put, means common, in America’s terms. Not that there is anything common about anyone named Joe except for the name. So today let’s celebrate the Joes in your life – why not take them out for a cup o’ Joe.
How to celebrate – Read about G.I. Joe. Have a cup of Joe. Call everyone you see today Joe, or Jo.
We have all sorts of holidays available to us to celebrate, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and so on and so on. So why not make up your own holiday!?! Sure, maybe you haven’t done the things that St. Patrick or Jesus did but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a holiday named after you and or any day you think should be celebrated. Today was made available, apparently, by the Wellness Permission League. So why not have a holiday just for yourself, your family and your friends… after-all, you deserve it.
How to celebrate – Decide what holiday you want to create. Set a date for the holiday. Decide how to celebrate your holiday.
Waffles are generally made from flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. They are thought to be a breakfast food, or a snack, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. I was a little surprised to find out that the first record of waffles being served was back in 1300’s Greece. International Waffle Day was created in Sweden, it’s called Vaffeldagan Day there. Of course the most famous waffles come from Belgium, almost halfway between Greece and Sweden.
How to celebrate – Make some waffles. Try different kinds of waffles. Visit Sweden!
I remember when I was a child my grandmother had a bridge day with her friends once a month. During her “party” she served Bridge Mix, which included Chocolate Covered Raisins. While we children were allowed to play, which I did not want to do anyway we were allowed to sneak in and steal some of the Bridge Mix. Later, I found the Chocolate Covered Raisins at the movie theater. Made from the coco bean, the chocolate is a vegetable and the raisin is a grape (Fruit) so it seems like it should be good for you. Alas, it is not… but don’t let that stop you from eating one or two… dozen.
How to celebrate – Get some chocolate covered raisins. When the theaters open again, get them at the theater. Start a Bridge date with others just so you can buy Bridge Mix.
March 23rd National Tamale Day
Boy oh boy, here’s a day I bet you have been waiting for… National Tamale Day. Doesn’t it seem like we just had a National Tamale Day like a year ago!?! A tamale is a corn dough, called a masa, that can be stuffed with nearly anything you can think of. Any type of meat, vegetable or fruit goes into a tamale where it is generally heated and served as a meal or a snack. Interestingly the tamale can be either corn or a banana husk. The husk is discarded, or used as a plate.
How to celebrate – Make some tamales for dinner tonight. Visit Mexico. Serve with a sweet or savory sauce.