February 28th National Cupcake Day

Today is National Cupcake Day… in Canada. So why not celebrate our northern neighbor’s holiday!?! And I particularly like this one because it is used to help the SPCA and Humane Organizations in Canada. It helps our friends the animals we all love.

It always falls on the last Monday of February so the date does change but the intent does not. I have been wondering if dogs know how happy they generally make us. They certainly make us better people. Cats, horses, rabbits… whatever the animal we have as friends do make us better than we would be without them.

And better yet, we get to eat cupcakes to show our support for them. How sweet is that! And maybe we can even find an animal healthy cupcake for them to enjoy with us! Just make sure you don’t mix them up!

How to celebrate – Help out our pets today whether they are Canadian or in the United States. Make some pet friendly cupcakes. Visit Canada.

December 9th National Llama Day

Most people think of llamas as pack animals, they are not… that would be alpaca. They are, however wonderful guard animals and are very, very smart. They can tell the difference between a stray dog and a wild coyote. If you do use them to carry a load for you they will support you to some degree, overload them and they will lay down and refuse to move however. They tend to like to spit when angry, just like their cousins the camel. They won’t bite you but they will kick and neck wrestle you, a battle you are sure to lose! Today was created back in 1932 in Canada to respect this work animal.

How to celebrate – Visit a llama ranch. Try to make friends with a llama. Give a llama a hug.

August 16th RSPCA Cupcake Day

Today is Cupcake Day… in Australia. So why not celebrate our friends Down Under!?! And I particularly like this one because it is used to help the RSPCA and Humane Organizations in Australia. It helps our friends the animals we all love.

I have been wondering if dogs know how happy they generally make us. They certainly make us better people. Cats, horses, rabbits… whatever the animal we have as friends do make us better than we would be without them.

And better yet, we get to eat cupcakes to show our support for them. How sweet is that! And maybe we can even find an animal healthy cupcake for them to enjoy with us! Just make sure you don’t mix them up!

How to celebrate – Help out our pets today whether they are in Australia or in the United States. Make some pet friendly cupcakes. Visit Australia.

June 28th Paul Bunyan Day

Paul Bunyan was created during the Papineau rebellion in 1837 in Canada. He is a French Canadian creation though most people in the Untied States feel he is a part of their history as well. Accompanied by “Babe” he roamed North America forming the Great Lakes and provided leadership for the logging industry which suffered from overwork and unsafe conditions. Louis Papineau was a political figure in Canada at the time and is now a political party in Canada. With someone like Paul Bunyan, and Babe, on your side it was hard to ignore the demands loggers required to make their lives better.

How to celebrate – Read the stories about Paul Bunyan. Become a logger. Visit the Great Lakes.

June 28th National Paul Bunyan Day

Most of us have heard the story of Paul Bunyan and his ox, Blue. Did you know they were created by Canadians sitting around campfires normally in logging areas? The stories cannot be attributed to one source, since the story was handed down over the years and obviously altered by those telling the story. According to legend, the Great Lakes were created by Paul for drinking holes for Babe. That he cleared the land in North and South Dakota so that farmers had fields to plant it. He trained Carpenter Ants to help haul the timber for the logging industry. and that Babe created the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota as it’s footsteps. Now none of it is true, but it’s fun to think of things that way.

How to celebrate – Visit some of the many Paul Bunyan sites in the northern mid-west. Visit the Great Lakes. Start you own legends by sitting around a campfire with your family.

June 6th D-Day

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156,000 soldiers landed on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno beaches to reclaim Europe from Nazi Germany on June 6th, 1944. Thousands would give their all on this day, Canadians, British, French and Americans. It was the one day in the early part of June that had clear enough weather the Allies could actually attempt the landing, and an attempt it was. The Germans had built up the beach defenses to an extreme and though the Allies were fairly sure they could hold some of the beaches it really was done on a hope and a prayer. The landings were preceded by parachute drops and the resistance causing as much havoc as they could. The landing, requested by the Russian, did succeed however and it was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.

How to celebrate – Remember all those who served in World War 2 (there aren’t many left). Visit the beaches where many of the wrecks have been left reminding us of the day. Read a book written from those who survived the day.

February 25th National Cupcake Day

Today is National Cupcake Day… in Canada. So why not celebrate our northern neighbor’s holiday!?! And I particularly like this one because it is used to help the SPCA and Humane Organizations in Canada. It helps our friends the animals we all love.

It always falls on the last Monday of February so the date does change but the intent does not. I have been wondering if dogs know how happy they generally make us. They certainly make us better people. Cats, horses, rabbits… whatever the animal we have as friends do make us better than we would be without them.

And better yet, we get to eat cupcakes to show our support for them. How sweet is that! And maybe we can even find an animal healthy cupcake for them to enjoy with us! Just make sure you don’t mix them up!

How to celebrate – Help out our pets today whether they are Canadian or in the United States. Make some pet friendly cupcakes. Visit Canada.

December 26th Boxing Day

Most people do not understand or even comprehend what Boxing Day is, that is unless they live in Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand or any f the former British commonwealths. That’s because it is primarily a British holiday… but maybe one the rest of us should share as well.

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Boxing Day started somewhere in the Middle Ages when local merchants would “box” up food and fruit to give to their servants as a reward for their service over the year. It was also a time to give thanks for the bounty one had received and to share some of that with those in need.

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It even included friendly games between those who held a station in life and those who did not. There is no written record of who won but I would hope the royalty and wealthy let the less fortunate win for a change.

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So as we receive our fair share, and over, of Christmas gifts maybe we should “box” up those items we no longer need or use and give them to those less fortunate that ourselves. Even if we don’t feel charitable we can look at it as getting rid of the clutter in our homes!

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It is what Jesus would have done after-all. So if you are celebrating his birth over Christmas, why not give as He would have afterwards.

How to celebrate – Celebrate Boxing Day. Box up those items you no longer use or want. Have left-overs for your Boxing Day meal.

May 7th Great Lakes Awareness Day

Unless you live in northern United States or southern Canada you may not be aware of today, it’s Great Lakes Awareness Day. It always comes on the first Monday of the first full week of May. In other words, the first of something which happens to be the 7th this month. Got it? Okay, so we can go on.

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They are known as the Great Lakes because they are the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth! Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. They are also known as the inland seas since they act just as though they were oceans with rolling waves, sustained winds, strong currents, great depths and distant horizons.

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Lake Superior is the second largest lake in the world. All of the lakes were cut by glaciers long, long ago. Some of the depths get a little scary and numerous ships have been lost, never to be seen again.

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The lakes have always served as a great source of trade between Canada and the United States.  Huge tankers and liners fill the lakes for both business and tourism. The Americans, Canadians, French and British have fought over the lakes, often having to drag warships from the ocean to the lakes in order to defend, or fight, on the waters.

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And sadly, like where most humans get mixed with nature, the lakes are turning into a dumping ground for unwanted articles that no longer serve a purpose. This is what the Awareness Day is all about. Keeping the lakes clean and making people aware of just how important they are.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the Great Lakes. Make the lakes something we can all be proud of. Take a trip on a ship sailing around the lakes.

April 25th National East Meets West Day

There has always been a difference in culture between the East and the West. Look at Japan and Canada, Russia and America, Indian and Mexico. It doesn’t mean one is better than the other or that one is right and one is wrong, it just means… well… there is the east and there is the west!

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If you go far enough east you will eventually end up in the west and vise-versa. There are football games and other sporting events that tries to prove which is better but in the end, it really doesn’t matter. Take a football game many of the players that play for a western team came from the east, and many playing in the east came from the west.

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During World War 2 a big drive was for the Americans to meet up with the Russian to end the war. the Russians were considered the Eastern troops, the Americans the Western. In fact when the two sides decided they could not get along they separated Germany into East Germany and West Germany.

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Even in America the life styles were different. The above photo is of an 1800’s street in Philadelphia. Well established by the mid 1800’s, Philadelphia became a point of culture and refinement. It had been around longer, gone through more was a permanent fixture.

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An old west town of the same era was a little cruder and contained a not so refined culture and citizens. The buildings were smaller and less secure because frankly, the owners didn’t know if they were going to stay there or not. One was not better than the other, they just served different needs and purposes.

How to celebrate – Try and determine where east meets west where you live. If you live in the East take a trip West. If you live in the West take a trip East. (Note what difference you see, and don;t see, on your trip)