May 3rd Paranormal Day

Today is… May 3rd #Paranormal Day

The term Paranormal (Meaning: Para- above or beyond and Normal – Ah, well, normal) has only been around since 1920. Paranormal is the phenomena in pop culture, folklore and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. This includes; angels, demons, ghosts, extraterrestrial life, UFO’s, psychic abilities, extrasensory perception and Cryptids (Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, werewolves, etc.). Anthropologist George Frazer, in his book “The Golden Bough” explains the soul is a creature in an animated body.

Sometimes we find ourselves caught between what we can understand and what we can’t.

Are there ghosts, monsters, UFO’s in the world? Maybe, it all depends on what you believe in. Perhaps they are nothing but our imagination, coming alive in the right setting at the right time.

How to celebrate: Watch a scary movie, preferably with a friend. Read a scary book. Start your own “Tales From The Crypt” television show, it’s pretty easy… you don;t have to prove anything just suggest.

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February 27th International Polar Bear Day

Polar Bears International created the day to help denning moms and cubs as they hibernate in the winter. This is a venerable time for the bears and their cubs. The cubs are born during the wintertime in the dens.The cubs are very tiny and the polar bear families stay in the dens until the cubs have matured enough to venture outside later in the spring.

How to celebrate – Donate to the “moms and Cubs” challenge at polarbearsinternational.org. Visit the site for more info on activities and resources for the day, including a coll video of their latest den project.

January 6th Feast of the Epiphany – Three Kings Day

The three kings of the orient did not reach the manger until January 6th, having followed the star that guided them to where the baby Jesus lay sleeping. When you look at your manger scene celebrating Christmas do you have the wise men there before they had actually arrived? Most of us do.

This is one of the reasons why there are twelve days of Christmas… it did not all come together in one single night as we have be told by legend. It did not probably even occur in December as we now celebrate. The date is not as important as the action.

The wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. They were all valuable items in their day. These gifts that they brought to the baby Jesus is probably why we give gifts to each other at Christmas. We all know about gold, most of us have smelled frankincense but I doubt many of us have used myrrh.

Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar all brought the best they had to offer to the new born King. I don’t believe legend tells us how they knew about the birth, maybe there is a story that I have not heard of. Whatever the reason they came, following the star to lead them to their King. But it did not come on December 25th when The Baby was born.

How to celebrate – Don’t be so fast to end Christmas. Study the true meaning of the holiday and where the traditions came from. Find your own star to follow where God leads you.

December 23rd Festivus

Well if you are tired of the old Christmas trappings you may want to look into Festivus, its a non-traditional was to celebrate everything not Christmas! It was created by Daniel O’Keefe to honor his first date with his soon to be wife back in 1966. Daniel’s son, Dan, was a writer on Seinfeld and took the idea to the television show which declared the new holiday on December 18th, 1997. So if you are fed up with Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa try Festivus… it might work for you!

How to celebrate – Don’t actually celebrate anything! Get a Pole for your Christmas Tree, nothing on it… just plain. There are no real decorations for Festivus so don’t worry about decorating.

December 21st Fore Father’s Day

When we think of the Pilgrim’s we always think of the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and Thanksgiving. Well today is the actual day they landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 and they started out in two ships instead of one, the Mayflower and Speedwell. The Speedwell leaked so badly that it was forced to return to port and the Pilgrims all loaded on to the Mayflower and set out again. Must have been pretty crowded but they made it and the rest is history. Some may say it’s not great history but I beg to differ. History is what we make it, how we improve it and will never end until we all perish. So make of it what you will, thank your fore fathers for getting you at least one more small step forward to the perfection we will hopefully one day achieve.

How to celebrate – Read about the Pilgrims. Visit Plymouth Rock, Mass. Accept history for that it is, hind sight is wonderful except it never changes what was.

December 18th National Wreaths Across America Day

This is a really cool day and I had never heard of it. It was started back in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company had an excess of wreaths left over and made arrangements to have them sent to decorate the grave sites at Arlington cemetery commemorating the fallen. Others helped by transporting the wreaths and handling the placement, no one asked for any recognition. Every grave was decorated without recognition until 2005 when the nation finally took notice someone was doing something special for those who gave everything for us. Since then, the project has grown to more than 2,500 locations both in the United States and abroad. More and more people have become involved, and so can you in this worthwhile project.

How to celebrate – Put a wreath on a fallen hero’s grave for the holidays. Contact the organization at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ . Have a Merry Christmas for them, they died so you could celebrate.

November 4th Use Your Common Sense Day

Today celebrates something we all often forget to do, use our common sense. That’s the knowledge we have gained over the years that we tend to forget when we are rushed or flustered over something we are doing. “I should have known better” generally soon follows and yes, we should have known better if we had simple used our common sense. Bud Bilanich created today in honor of comedian Will Rogers who was a proponent of one using their common sense, although it could have equally have been placed on Thomas Paine’s birthday, the author of “Common Sense” who’s birthday is on February 9th.

How to celebrate – Use your common sense. Read about Will Rogers. Read “Common Sense”.

October 21st National Reptile Awareness Day

It is important that we recognize at least some of the over 100,000 species of reptiles on the earth. Many haven’t changed all that much since life began on the earth. I am not sure if that is good or bad. Personally, I have found that it is particularly vital to be aware of a reptile if it happens to be chasing you!

Did you know that alligators have been clocked running as fast as 32 miles per hour on land? I found that when being chased by an alligator I can run at least 33 miles per hour! Not that I have been chased all that much but it really only requires once.

A reptile is generally determined by being cold blooded, has scales or scutes (heavy plates), and lays eggs on land. Usually, the brighter the color they are, the more dangerous they are, though some blend in well in their environment.

Speaking of their environments they are being lost at a huge rate daily. It is dangerous for the reptile, but also for us humans as they move in among us to live. Like them or not, they too have a right to live. This world has been created for all living creatures, man, animal and reptile.
They, unlike us humans, do not destroy the land they live in, kill for no reason at all, and they would prefer to avoid us just as much as we would prefer to avoid them. That is one reason why this Awareness Day is so important. It teaches us about the reptiles, educates us about their conservation, and gives us some sort of appreciation for the creatures we share the earth with.

How to celebrate – If you’re into it, get a reptile for a pet. Study the reptiles native to your area of the world. Pretend you are a reptile and see how well you could survive for a day.

October 12th Old Farmer’s Day

Farmer’s are among the hardest workers in any country these days but in the past, wow… life was even harder. There are certain things that wisdom is granted to the aged that just cannot be handed down, that smell in the air, the feel of the soil, the taste of a plant that reveals more than any book could ever tell anyone, particularly about being a farmer. So why celebrate old farmers? Why celebrate anything old? They known more, have experienced more and had to work harder to get the same results. Just remember, a farmer in 2021 will be an old farmer in 2050 and surely things will have become easier by then as well. Today was created sometime back in the mid-1800’s when Old Farmers were still old farmers!

How to celebrate – Visit a farm. Become a farmer. Study the equipment improvement for farmers over the years.