November 26th Black Friday

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.

Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving. Most of us have a lot top be thankful for and we should remember those things today by celebrating with friends and family, those people who make our lives better than they would be otherwise. Thanksgiving was originally proclaimed by George Washington on October 3rd, 1789 to be held on November 26th. Since that day changed every year Abraham Lincoln set it on the fourth Thursday of November though it was still up to every state to make it official. Franklin D. Roosevelt made Thanksgiving an national holiday in 1941.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for all you have and the people around you. Try and make someone’s Thanksgiving special for those who do not have a bounty. Dress up like Pilgrims or Native Americans.

November 8th Cook Something Bold Day

Something a little more spicy or with richer flavors might be a nice addition to all those dishes you have fixed over the years. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some new favorites to share with the family and friends making them new traditions. And if they don’t like them, well you have the old ones to back them up. Today was created by Wellcat.com so you need to keep your recipes to yourself since they copyright their days.

How to celebrate – Try out some new flavors while cooking. Read about different dishes served in different cultures. Create your own taste kitchen.

November 26th Thanksgiving

If you haven’t heard yet, today is Thanksgiving in the United States. You know, when the Pilgrims and Native Americans found something in common, the fact that they both liked to eat! That was back in 1621 and it has been celebrated nearly every Thursday 25th since then. No, wait… they forgot about it in the 1700’s and most of the 1800’s but since then it’s been celebrated nearly every November 26th. Well, not so quick… it may not have been officially recognized by Congress until 1941, just before Pearl Harbor was bombed. So really, it’s a pretty new holiday, observing something very old. But we really should be thankful for all our blessings and stuff our faces for at least one day because Lord knows, we don’t often do that!

How to celebrate – Dress up like a Pilgrim or Native American, you choice. Find a really long table to serve your meal on. Seriously, be thankful for what you do have.

November 29th You’re Welcome Day

Thanksgiving is over and we have all been thankful, now it’s time to recognize that and say, you’re welcome. We do things for one another all the time and sometimes we get thanked, sometimes we don’t, the thought of saying you’re welcome does not always seem very important. It may or may not be important, but the thought is. Whether someone says thank you or not you should always say you’re welcome… even if that’s just to yourself. So today, after being thankful yesterday, say you’re welcome to those you’ve done things for. They may actually say thank you in response.

How to celebrate – Say you’re welcome to those you’ve helped. Do something that gets someone to say thank you. Remember to always say, you’re welcome.

November 28th Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate all those things we are thankful for. Family, country, careers, friends… you name it, then be thankful for it. The first Thanksgiving was celebrate in 1621 and went on for three days. Of course, they didn’t have football games to watch back then or it might have lasted longer! It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress set the date for Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In the past, it has been celebrate in September or October before finally ending up in November. If you think about it, there really is a lot to be thankful for. We eat, drink and watch out favorite movies (Or football) on Thanksgiving Day, all the company of our loved ones and friends which is what it really is all about. The food is nice, the entertainment good but having our friends and family with us is everything.

How to celebrate – Make this Thanksgiving a special day for all. Know what you are thankful for. Dress up like a Pilgrim, or a Native American, or even a turkey.

November 15th Clean Your Refrigerator Day

If you do clean out you refrigerator only once a year, this is the day. But if you only do it once a year you are going to find things in there you will not even remember. Perhaps because things will grow on their own in there! We all have the good intention to eat our left-overs but the fact is, there are many, many times we never get back to them. We often intend to drink that little bit of milk left over the morning before it went bad, but we don’t always get there. It’s sort of like that drawer we stash things into that we do not know what to do with but don’t want to get rid of. So today is the day to surprise yourself and find out what you have stashed in your refrigerator and rid yourself of them before Thanksgiving. (You’ll probably add a lot more then).

How to celebrate – Clean out your refrigerator. Hire someone to clean out your refrigerator. Make a discovery of some new creation evolving from your forgotten substances in the refrigerator.

October 26th National Pumpkin Day

Oct. 26th National Pumpkin Day

The pumpkin has become the symbol of fall, Halloween and is now put into every kind of food or drink imaginable. Pumpkin is actually a squash, okay… a really big squash and is believed to be native to North America, perhaps as old as 9,000 years. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C. Today is celebrated by carving pumpkins, building machines that throw pumpkins and in chunking pumpkins (If that is such a thing). Now they have made pumpkins into everything but my favorite is still pumpkin pie. It has become a huge part of Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in general.

How to celebrate – Visit a pumpkin patch. Make some sort of pumpkin dish for your family. Plant pumpkin seeds.

December 24th National Egg Nog Day

Today is both Christmas Eve and National Eggnog Day. It is a day Christians celebrate the coming of the Christ Child and what better way than having a glass of Egg Nog. Well, maybe there are more appropriate ways but the Eggnog is a tradition for Christmas Eve so pour yourself a glass.

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Eggnog comes only during the holiday season, around Thanksgiving and runs out soon after New Years. To many that is way too short of a season for their favorite drink. Now if you are one of those people you can make it yourself! Here’s a recipe for you. You can have it all year round if you make it yourself!

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Adding a little rum to the eggnog makes it an adult drink, and a little less thick! maybe say this one for New Years Eve! And don’t forget the nutmeg, eggnog isn’t eggnog without the nutmeg! That is, of course, unless you don’t like eggnog.

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And instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa, leave eggnog and cookies! And maybe a glass of water cause most eggnog is pretty thick. I don’t suggest the rum for Santa since he’ll be driving all night!

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And have a Merry Christmas Eve! Eggnog is not what Christmas Eve is all about but it does make it a little better!

How to celebrate – Have some Eggnog! Make some Eggnog! Have a Merry Christmas.

November 22nd Thanksgiving

Today is one of America’s favorite days, Thanksgiving. We eat all kinds of food, watch football games and whatever feature movie is on television in the evening. We look forward to it every year, always say we will eat less and get along with all those relatives we don’t get along with the rest of the year.

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We do, tend to forget that is was a celebration for Europeans that came to America and were starving before the Native Americans came to their rescue. It was 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down at the same table and shared their food, culture and concerns.

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Of course it didn’t last very long. Soon the Europeans would keep coming and driving the Native Americans further and further west until there was no place left to go. Part of the problem with allowing history to move forward is that we tend to forget why it moved forward. We find fault with each other instead of trying to understand something that we cannot go back and change anyway.

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Maybe things happen because they were supposed to happen. Blaming anyone and trying to make them pay for something they could not change is pointless, and dangerous. We are not the same people that lived back in the days when we were thankful, truly thankful, so we have to come up with our own reason for being thankful. Maybe we should be thankful that we have moved forward, that people have changed and recognize their errors and move on from there.

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However… did you know the first Thanksgiving mashed potatoes were not served? That didn’t happen until the Irish came to America and brought potatoes with them! And what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes!?! There’s something to be thankful for!

How to celebrate – Do your best to have a Happy Thanksgiving. Give to the food banks to make sure others have a Happy Thanksgiving. Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for.