There is nothing like a Nutcracker that makes Christmas time come to life. That’s why Leavenworth, Washington celebrates Nutcracker Day on May 25th. Actually it’s the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum that came up with the idea. They have some 7,000 nutcrackers, some dating back to the Roman Empire era. It is a day they open up the museum to people so they can experience nutcrackers and even crack some hazelnuts and walnuts. All in all, it’s a really fun day even though it’s not around Christmas and it’s not the Leavenworth most people are familiar with.
How to celebrate – Plan a trip to Leavenworth, Washington. Break out your own Nutcracker collection. Get ready for Christmas in July.
Pecans are celebrated today because, supposedly, it was March 25th, 1775 that George Washington first planted a pecan tree at Mount Vernon. Of course Native Americans had been eating them for a thousand years or more before that. The pecan is in the hickory family and there are over 1,000 different varieties of them. They are actually a fruit, not a nut and some 90% of those grown in the world come from the United States. They can be used in several different types of dishes but my favorite is a pecan pie. Who knew it was really a fruit!?!
How to celebrate – Find out the uses for pecans in recipes. Find out what makes 1,000 varieties of pecans. Visit Mount Vernon.
Today is President’s Day. But the first President’s Day was originally celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday too, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that all President’s deserved being honored, so it was officially moved to a Monday (The third Monday in February).
How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.
Today is the original President’s Day, it’s George Washington’s birthday. Washington was born in 1732. He spent most of his life before the Revolution as a soldier and planter, and in 1789 he became the first President of the United States. He had been offered to be made King but refused it realizing, among other things, the world did not need another King George! He would be President until 1797 when he retired, dying two years later on December 14th, 1799.
How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Read about Washington’s life. Visit Mount Vernon.
“The soup that won the war!” During the American revolution, the Colonial Army was forced into suffering through the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge. The men were hungry and moral was low since they had suffered another of many defeats. The army was falling apart. George Washington asked his chef to come up with a meal that would feed the men as cheaply as possible and warm them up at the same time. He took as many different types of meat as he could lay his hands on and mixed them into a soup with peppercorns. It was served hot and spicy and did exactly what Washington had asked it to do. The first serving came on December 29th, 1777 and became a staple of the Continental Army from there on out.
How to celebrate – Have some pepper pot soup (warning, it is spicy). Read about the struggles at Valley Forge. Try making your own soup with whatever left over meats you have after Christmas.
Today is a day you don’t even have to think about, hence it requires no brains at all. In fact, you don’t even have to think about anything today. Naturally that may get you into a little bit of trouble but what the heck, to not have to think is worth it. In fact, the entire world might be better off if we all stopped thinking for a day.
It seems like maybe we would all be better off if we did stop thinking for a while. When the entire world thinks, that’s when the troubles begin. The day was created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith. (Now there’s a name you have to think about just to say!) She is an Eventologist, whatever that is. And according to Insight Magazine out of Washington, DC, she is the best Eventologist there is. The day was created in 1995.
It seems appropriate that a day that requires no thinking comes out of Washington, DC. There is so little thinking that goes on there anyway.
How to celebrate – Move to Washington, DC where thinking is not a requirement! Try not to thinking today. Wait… don;t you have to think about not thinking?
“The soup that won the war!” Now you might wonder what war and how a soup saved that war!?! Good questions. You might call it the most American soup, or stew, ever created and it was created because there was nothing else left to create!
Well, it seems that during the American Revolution the rebels, that would be the Continental Army, were starving to death. Farmers were selling their crops to the British Army because, well, they could pay for the food but that left the American’s without much food.
The recipe came from Philadelphia. Well, sort of anyway… there wasn’t a recipe really. It basically included nearly anything one had around them, thrown into a pot and cooked until tender. The flavors varied depending on what you put in it… the key was adding pepper! Black pepper, red pepper, any kind of pepper one could find.
As stated, one of the original ingredients included tripe… the stomach of cattle. No one probably would have eaten it had they known what tripe was but since they didn’t, they enjoyed it as much as any starving person could. And in the harsh winter weather, the pepper kept them warm!
I did not say warm and happy, but warm. There is a difference. Anyway, Washington won the war, with the help of the French who surprisingly didn’t eat a lot of Pepper Pot Soup. Here’s a Pepper Pot recipe for you. Oh, and you don’t have to use tripe… unless you want to.
How to celebrate – Dress your family up like the Continental Army and feed them Pepper Pot Soup. Visit Philadelphia. Go to Valley Forge.
Today is Presidents Day, the day when every mattress in America goes on sale! Guess that’s because we are nearly all allowed to sleep in since it’s a Federal holiday. Well, that is except for the people that sell the beds and have to get to work extra early.
Seriously though, this is the day we celebrate all those who have been President of the Untied States. Originally it was set on Washington’s birthday, February 22nd (1879 set by Congress), but due to retailers across the country, the date was switched to a time between Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th and Washington’s birthday, or the third Monday in February (1968 amended by Congress).
A recent poll finds that most American’s believe that Abraham Lincoln was the best President. He certainly was one of the most tested Presidents and someone who seemed to want to be anything but President. He dealt with the Civil War and kept the country moving forward. Most around him wanted to end the war, Democrats hated him, and Copperheads thought he was a fool. But he persisted and not only won the war but freed the slaves at the same time, something both of the other parties would have left in place if they had their way.
Some presidents are loved, some are hated. Might as well face it, not everyone is going to agree with who should be president. That’s part of being a Republic. We chose our leaders based on what the country is going through at the moment. High ideals give way to needs and safety. Well intended or not, it is clear most Presidents do what they feel the public wants, what business demands, and what keeps us free.
Like them or not, agree with them or not, they assume a position most of us could not handle. Each has their own personality and each has their own agenda. Ranting and raving about who is President only weakens the country, it serves no other purpose, particularly when the choice is divided down the middle.
How to celebrate – See how many presidents you can name in order (I seriously doubt many will get past the 20th). Seriously decide what you would do if you were president about all the issues in the world today (don’t cheat by saying I’ll deal with that later because later may be today). Find something you can support about every president.