Today is basically the make it or break it day for retail shops all across the world. It is when the really holiday shopping begins and when stores offer the best buys they can for your shopping pleasure. It sort of makes you wonder, why don’t the stores offer these kinds of deals all year round? Maybe they wouldn’t be going out of business if they did but then, the profit margins would drop so low maybe many of the stores wouldn’t survive anyway. So, if you want to see retail shopping continue without everything going on line, get out there and do your duty! Buy, buy, buy before local shops disappear completely.
How to celebrate – Shop. You need to walk off that turkey dinner anyway so think of is like going to the gym. Sleep in and let others save the retail world.
With all the holidays coming up it would be a great day to start making greeting cards to send out to family and friends. Spend the day making cards and save yourself a ton of money from buying them or using those online services. Nothing wrong with those cards you buy or email, they are great too, but there is nothing like getting a homemade one that makes someone feel special that you cared enough to include them in your special occasions. You can make cards for all the holidays and birthdays and for just no reason at all. This day always falls on the first Saturday in October.
How to celebrate – Make some greeting cards. Figure out bizarre holidays you can send people cards for. Get your mailing list ready.
It’s getting to be that season again where the houses fill with the aroma of the coming holidays and nothing fills those senses better than to smell homemade cookies baking in the oven. They always seem to taste better than the store bought cookies and seem to put people in a more joyful attitude. I guess it reminds us of the old days when grandma use to bake her cookies and we’d get them fresh off the rack still warm and chewy. Ah, that’s when you know life is good.
How to celebrate – Bake some cookies today. Research your families favorite cookies. Make some cookies for the neighbors.
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.
So if you were trying to figure out how to pass your morning, or your afternoon, or both… why not make some date bread. Most people like date bread, even if it doesn’t make it to the top of their list it is generally there somewhere. There seems to be a little doubt as to whether today should be celebrate on December 22nd or September 8th. Who cares!?! Make it both days! Interestingly, when I looked up simple recipes it said it contains nuts and sugar. Well duh, but I think it requires a bit more than that. There are a lot of recipes on line so it should be easy enough to find one you like.
How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread. Make several loaves so you have it handy for the holidays. Make up your own recipe and share it with the world.
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.
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.
It seems like when ever holidays get close we start thinking about baking cookies. Christmas-cookies, birthdays-cookies, Valentines Day-cookies, Halloween-cookies, April Fool’s Day-cookies. Well, they don’t have to be good cookies for April Fool’s Day, in fact maybe if they were bad that could be your gag for April Fool’s Day, literally! It seems like we celebrate we like to have cookies around. So why shouldn’t we have a holiday about the things that make us feel good, like cookies!
How to celebrate – Bake some cookies. Eat some cookies. Make everyday a new holiday, no matter how bizarre!
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.
Don’t like the holidays that are already out there? Don’t think there are enough holidays out there? Well, make up your own holiday! It’s not really all that hard to do although there are a lot of holidays out there so you will need to make sure someone else hasn’t already laid claim to the day you are creating. Some days are copyrighted so you’ll have to be careful you don’t infringe on a legally obtained holiday. You also kind of need to have a decent reason for your holiday. There is a difference between decent and logical. Like today is a decent holiday but not really all that logical.
How to celebrate – Create your own holiday. Create a reason for your new holiday. Celebrate life.