July 10th Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Who needs a reason to have a picnic? If you do, well use your teddy bear as an excuse, they need to be happy too.I’m not going to go into the history of the teddy bear, I already done that like a hundred times, Teddy Roosevelt, the Washington Post and so on… The idea of the picnic day apparently came from a 1950’s children’s television show called Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The sponsor was Pet Ice Cream who featured Brown Bear and Brown Mule ice cream treats. No reason we shouldn’t keep the idea alive these days!

How to celebrate – If you don’t have a teddy bear, get one. Pack a picnic lunch but keep in mind it probably needs to include peanut butter and honey to keep you teddy happy. If you happen to attract a real bear at your picnic… run !

March 30th Take A Walk In The Park Day

Spring is already here and summer is coming soon. The weather now should be fairly nice, not too hot and not too cold. Most of the plants should have fully recovered from winter and be green again and animals are out and about searching for food and playing in their protected environment. It is a great time to go for a walk in the park, to enjoy nature and visit with as friend or go solo to contemplate everything going on around you. There is something about a park, whether with friends or alone that makes us feel better about everything.

How to celebrate – Go for a walk in a nearby park. Have a picnic. Learn about the trails in your area.

August 31st National Eat Outside Day

So this could easily have been called picnic day but eating outside is basically the same thing. With summer coming to an end you should consider using one of the last days before colder weather sets in and you no longer want to sit under the shade of an Elm Tree. Of course if you live in Florida as we do, you may want to reconsider this as August is one of the hottest months we have. Still it’s nice to take the family out, or friends, and enjoy a meal in the great outdoors, even if it’s just a PB&J sandwich.

How to celebrate – Have a picnic. Plan a picnic with your family. Make it a picnic party and invite friends!

July 10th Teddy Bear Picnic Day

No one seems to know where this day originated. It could have been from a television show back in the 1950’s called “Teddy Bear Picnic” but since no one seems to remember it or have any idea why it might be on July 10th it doesn’t really matter. Still, why not take your teddy bear on a picnic? It doesn’t argue with you, thinks you are the greatest thing in the world and is always there for you. So maybe it does deserve a picnic of it’s own… after-all, it doesn’t eat much!

How to celebrate – Take your teddy bear on a picnic. If you don’t have a teddy bear, buy one. Make sure you name your teddy bear something cool.

May 25th National Brown Bag It Day

So you are going to need lunch today, you can buy one somewhere, how someone fixes you lunch (Which they probably won’t) or you could fix your own lunch and take it into work in a brown paper bag. (I guess it could actually be any color paper bag on any other day) I remember going to school with a brown paper bag lunch. Of course that was way back whenever and I didn’t take it all the time. See back then we were actually served food made by a cook that new how to cook! That doesn’t happen very much anymore and having worked for the public school system for a number of years, I am not even sure what they serve can be called lunch, or even food! The day was apparently created in 2013, after most lunches became cardboard cut-outs of the originals.

How to celebrate – Take your lunch to work today. Make a picnic out of it by taking your bag outside to eat. Make an extra brown paper bag lunch for a friend!

July 10th Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Hopefully it’s a nice sun shiny day where you live. If it is, then it’s a perfect day for you to grab your Teddy bear and go outside for a picnic. Your Teddy Bear is the perfect choice to take out and enjoy your day with. They enjoy the food you enjoy, they like to go to the places you go and they love to talk about whatever subject you want to talk about. They nearly always have a smile on their face, are always willing to listen and they let you figure out the answers to the problems you have by letting you deal with them yourself. What a perfect friend to take on a picnic!

How to celebrate – Take your teddy bear on a picnic. Take your teddy bear to it’s favorite spot. Make sure you have enough honey to share with your teddy bear.

August 31st National Eat Outside Day

Anybody can eat indoors. We do it all the time, morning, afternoon and night. Sometimes the weather keeps us from eating outside, it’s too hot or it’s too cold and those days are ahead of us. So if you want to go outside and eat, today is the day to do it. Food just seems to taste better when you are in nature. Maybe because most of our food comes from nature. Hearing the birds sing, feeling the warmth of the sun are appealing. Fighting off the bugs, rain and snow do put a damper on the day but it’s August so hopefully you won’t run into any of that. I think most of us call eating outside a picnic, although you can cook a meal and eat it in your front yard if you choose. Besides, ants really need your help.

How to celebrate – Have a picnic. Have breakfast in your backyard. Have a cook-out!

July 10th National Teddy Bear Picnic Day

July 10th Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Who’s your buddy? Naturally you probably will have several but who’s been there with you since day one (Or two if your parents were concerned) Naturally, it’s your Teddy Bear! We all know the story about Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting trip, He refused to shoot a baby bear and one thing led to another and the next thing we know, the Teddy Bear was created. So make some peanut butter and honey sandwiches, bears prefer honey over jelly, maybe some jelly beans or gummy bears (If you don’t think they will scare your teddy bear) and take you bear to the park. Just remember Teddy bears don’t like cook outs, they are filled with stuffing! Show them you still love them even after the 50 years you spent with them.

How to celebrate – Well, take your Teddy Bear on a picnic. Dig your Teddy Bear out of the attic. If you lost your Teddy Bear go buy another and start a new tradition.

August 31 National Eat Outside Day

I remember when I was young my mother always telling me to come inside and eat and then I could go back out and play. Today, most mothers have trouble getting their kids to go outside at all! So maybe this day will be a game changer.

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A lot of restaurants now have outside seating, and not just because they lost their roof in a storm. It seems like since we all spend so much time inside, eating has become popular outside. Why not! If the weather is nice it is something we all can enjoy. And if it rains, well… you don’t have to ask the waiter for more water.

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I have to admit, food does taste better outside. I have no idea why. In the old days everybody ate outside, half of the time even if you were inside back then you were still outside. I think the sights, sounds and scents of being outside just make it better.

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And remember when you were a kid eating outside!?! It was more fun because you could make a mess and no one would yell at you. Even as an adult, it’s hard to eat watermelon inside and not be sloppy.  It also generally means a cookout is involved and I only know a few people who don’t like bar-b-que.

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And today, with all the food trucks around, it makes it even better. Well, except for the noise from the generators and the smell of the gas from the trucks and generators. They have become the outside version of the food court in a mall… everyone can get whatever it is they want. (Though the food trucks are generally a good deal better tasting)

How to celebrate – Plan a meal outside today. Have a cook-out. Go to a food truck event.

November 17th Take A Hike Day

Sometimes, when some one tells you to take a hike its not such a good thing! In this case, however, it is… so go, Take A Hike!

With the weather cooler now, it isn’t like taking a walk in sweltering heat. The trees are turning colors and animals are a little more frisky so there is a lot to see. It is a great thing to do in a large group, although you will probably scare off the wild life. In the end, it is interesting to compare what people saw, sometimes its the same as everyone else but sometimes they see things no one else picked up on.

It can also be a great thing to do alone giving you a chance to get your head together and come to a better understanding of your life and where all the pieces fit together. Nature seems to be very soothing and helps you get your act together.

And it is great for inexpensive family outings. A time to bond, a chance to get to know each other a little better. And make them leave their phones at home! You’ll get resistance at first but after a half hour they’ll forget all about it. And make a picnic out of it making sure you provide everybody’s favorite foods.

And if you are daring enough, camp out over night. The view of the stars will be wonderful compared to being in the city.  You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain and… its some healthy for you to do! That’s a win-win in anybodies book.

How to celebrate – Go Take A Hike! Most larger cities have hiking trails, find out where they are where you live. Find a friend or family member to walk with you, it makes it much more enjoyable.