March 26th Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

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.

December 26th Boxing Day

Today has been around since the Middle Ages in Europe and it’s probably not what you are thinking it is. Since on Christmas we celebrate by giving gifts to our family and friends on Boxing Day we are to give to those who help us in the community. It s known as the Feast of Saint Stephen and is celebrated by placing money in the Alms Box in the Narthex of most churches, hence “Boxing Day”. We should always remember those who remember us everyday by doing the things we have to have done… like picking up the trash, keeping our electric functioning and anything else we rely of every day.

How to celebrate – Give to others. Remember those who remember you. Celebrate life.

December 25th Christmas Day

In case you woke up this morning brain dead, it’s Christmas Day! The day celebrated by Christians for the birth of Jesus Christ. Of course we really don’t know what day Christ was born but December 25th seems as good as any day. There are so many tradition we celebrate today thought the religious aspect seems to lose compared to the social norms. That’s sort of sad when we forget the reason we are celebrating. Well, enjoy your Christmas, celebrate for whatever reason you choose but remember this is the day the most important human ever was born.

How to celebrate – I don’t think you really need me to tell you how to celebrate your day but try to remember the reason for the season.

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 20th Go Caroling Day

I’m not sure we are going to be allowed to do caroling this year but if we are, today is the day to do it! Maybe you can carol from your car! Of course, no one may know you are there but at least you’ll be keeping the tradition alive. The newer Christmas songs may require learning to rap, or to have a dance band along with you in a following car. Of course, there are still the old traditional songs like “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. Well, keep the tradition alive by caroling at your own house! Make sure you have cookies and egg nog to give yourself afterwards.

How to celebrate – Go Caroling. Select your list of Christmas Songs. Write yur own Christmas Carols.

December 19th Look For An Evergreen Day

Ah, in case you hadn’t noticed it’s getting pretty close to Christmas and if you haven’t gotten your Christmas Tree yet you’d better start looking. It’s a good thing today is Look For An Evergreen Day! A lot of the world now uses fake trees, allergies and all that, but there is still nothing like the real thing. I, unfortunately, am one of those allergic to the tree. I love to look at them and admire them, but I can’t be around them. So I’ll look, but won’t take. I like to think of it as saving a tree. I do miss having the real thing though.

How to celebrate – Get your Evergreen Tree for the holidays! Read my short story “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green” (Available on Amazon e-books) Enjoy the holidays.

December 18th National Ugly Sweater Day

December 18th National Ugly Sweater Day

You might want to be a little careful here. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The idea is to wear something you consider an ugly sweater, others may think it’s beautiful. And if someone gave you the sweater don’t call it ugly around them. Today is celebrated on the third Friday in December, first celebrated in 2011.  You may want to make your own sweater so you can safely call it ugly. Use as many different colors and patterns as you can and cover it with Christmas patches and maybe add a music box!

How to celebrate – Make an ugly sweater. Give ugly sweaters to all your family members. Have an ugly sweater fashion show.

December 12th Gingerbread House Day

Dec. 12th – Gingerbread House Day

Gingerbread houses have become a traditional part of the Christmas holidays. It actually came about somewhere around 992 AD when Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis brought back ginger from his travels. He began to teach the French Christians how to prepare food with ginger and one thing led to another and the Gingerbread House was invented.

It did not become popular until the Grimm Brothers used it for Hansel and Gretel in their terrifying tales.

How to celebrate – Make a Gingerbread House. Read Hansel and Gretel. Write your own Christmas story featuring a Gingerbread House.

December 4th Santa’s List Day

What a day. Did you make the Nice or Naughty list? Kids worry about it, adults don’t really care which list they made and seniors don’t even remember the list. Then if you did make the naughty list is there anything you can do to get put on the nice list? Well, of course, we adults know you can. In fact, we do things all year long that could qualify us to be on both lists. People are famous for making lists, we all do it even if it’s just a grocery list. Only Santa makes a list of the bad things we do though. Most of us list those things we are proud of, not the things we would rather forget.

How to celebrate – Pretend you are Santa and make your list. Make a list of all the list you make up. Figure out what you think is naughty and what is nice.

December 26th National Candy Cane Day

Dec. 26th National Candy Cane Day

The flavor of the candy cane has been with us for a long, long time… probably ever since candy was first invented. The candy cane, with the red stripe was first believed to appear in 1844 and is first referred to in literature in 1866. It became associated with Christmas in 1874 and was known to have been used to decorate trees since 1882. That’s more than we know about a lot of other candies but then again, ever since it became a symbol of Christmas, how could it’s popularity not have been increased. The original candy candies did not have the hook and it may have been added when the association with Christmas was added, resembling the Shepherd’s walking sticks. The world’s largest candy cane was made by Alain Roby in Geneva, coming in at a little over 51 feet.

How to celebrate – Get some candy canes for the holidays. Make your own candy canes. Decorate your Christmas tree with candy canes this year.