September 18th Wife Appreciation Day

While celebrated on September 18th officially, today really should be appreciated every day of the year. Wives make homes and families possible, no matter how much many men try to get the job done, they are not anywhere as capable as most women. While we have Mother’s Day not all wives are mothers, so we should celebrate them for who they are, not what they are. Even if they are mothers they still deserve the thanks and appreciation from their mates and families. Today is always celebrated on the third Sunday in September.

How to celebrate – Appreciate your wife. Take your wife to dinner, no kids, just her. Try and make your wife’s day as easy as you can.

February 14th Valentine’s Day

Today we celebrate the Feast of Lupercalia, the Roman God of Fertility, aka Valentine’s Day. Now if you didn’t know today was Valentine’s Day you need to crawl out from under that rock you live in and wake up! (Particularly if you are involved with someone) I believe forgetting to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love is actually considered a criminal offense. Seriously though, show them you love them and thank them for putting up with you because it’s not an easy job.

How to celebrate – Spend the day with the one you love. Buy some candy and flowers, or jewelry or anything you think of that will impress your love. Wear red today.

January 26th Spouse’s Day

Today is one of the many days we are supposed to pay attention to our spouses. Actually we should do that all the time anyway but I suppose the occasional reminder doesn’t hurt. It goes along with Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, first date dates, favorite songs, favorite colors, ah… just add today to the list and to protect yourself just make every day spouse’s day!

How to celebrate – Find things about your spouse that you admire and remind yourself of them every time you get mad at them. Be thankful for your spouse. Send your spouse a thank you card.

September 20th Wife Appreciation Day

Remember that lady in white that was once your girlfriend and is now your life partner? Ya, your wife. Well you should appreciate her every day but in case you don’t, today is a day set aside to just do that. It always falls on the third Sunday in September so you have no real excuse for forgetting it. I hope I remember when the day comes around. (Yes, I do these in advance of the actual date so I never really know what day it is… ever) Anyway, if you do have a wife today is the day to show you appreciate all she does and to maybe give her a break having to do it. You know she makes you a better person, whether you want to be or not!

How to celebrate – Take your wife to lunch. Give your wife the entire day off from normal duties. Gifts are nice but nor required.

May 10th Mother’s Day

Where would we be without our mothers? Well, we wouldn’t even BE without our mothers. There is a special bond between mother and child, one the mother never outgrows and the child realizes far too often after the mother is older or passed. Motherhood is amazing. It does prove that women are the stronger sex. I have dozens of stories about motherhood, about my own mother and my wife as a mother. I will not go into them here now because I am sure you have your own stories to tell, just make sure they get told, and that they are told before it’s too late. Though Mother’s Day had many starts before becoming national, it’s official birthday is May 10th, 1908 in Philadelphia.

How to celebrate – Honor your mother today. Don’t forget the flowers and candy, but mainly… don’t forget to thank them. Start a scrapbook of you and your mother.

April 28th Kiss Your Mate Day

I think this day could talk on all sorts of different meaning depending on where you live. For example, if you are here in the US that could include anyone you love. But in Australia, it could mean something else entirely. Anyway, you’ll need to figure out who your mate is and then give them a kiss. (Hopefully this won’t require a thought) Kisses show passion, caring and the willingness to share. (And the proper use of breath mints) So pucker up, get those lips working and make it a day worth remembering. Like in that old song, a kiss is just a kiss… blah blah blah blah blah. Or something like that.

How to celebrate – Kiss your mate. (Australia can review this suggestion) Spend some time with your mate. Build a mate out of Legos.

September 15 Wife Appreciation Day

I know most husbands appreciate their wives, they just don’t show it much, if at all. They’ll get them flowers for Mother’s Day and Chocolates for Valentine’s Day, but what do they get them for just being there? Sure, they may talk a lot and have a never ending list of chores for you to do. Maybe they don’t like your jokes, and maybe they make you get dressed up and go places you don’t want to go. So what do you give them? Your dirty clothes, expect dinner on time, and want them to answer your most secret desires. Sounds like a fair trade out! (just kidding,). This day always falls on the third Sunday in September so you have no reason to forget it! Mark it down so you don’t forget!

How to celebrate – Find some way to show your wife you appreciate them. Actually listen to what they are saying today. Try doing all that your wife does today so she doesn’t have to.

April 28th Kiss Your Mate Day

Well here’s a day we can all find some value in. (Or at least most of us) Kiss Your Mate Day. I think this should work for all of us unless perhaps you work on a ship. How long has it been since you kissed your mate? I don’t mean the little peck on the cheek saying good morning or good night. The longer you are married generally the less you kiss. The norm seems to be that the long one is married the less passion there is in the relationship. While I don’t believe this is true, the less open display of affection is required. Note I did not say needed. I know I am loved, I know I love, to show that is no longer a requirement… but that said, it is still nice to know that, at times, that expression is shown in more than a nice dinner, a smile and a knowing glance.

How to celebrate – Kiss your mate. No, kiss them like you mean it! Avoid pirate ships today.

January 26th National Spouse’s Day

Well one of the most under-appreciated people in our lives is our spouse. We often take them for granted or forget that they have feelings, thoughts and dreams as well as us. But they do. The longer we live with someone the more important they become but so much of that is taken for granted that while we are aware they are there, we don’t pay them much attention.

It’s only natural. After a while, just like the sun rising every day and the moon every night, we expect them to be there. We expect them to know what we like, want and need without ever telling them anything. The truth is, they are half of us, maybe even the better half. And today is the day to recognize all that they do.

After we have been married for a while, or living with, or whatever your situation happens to be, we just sort of expect things and depend on them without thinking about them. There is an excitement when we first get together that does wane a bit over the years. It doesn’t mean we love them less, we probably love them even more, but to keep up that intensity is jus too difficult.

So maybe today we should step out of our comfort zone and go a step beyond to let our spouse know just how important they are to us. That while we probably could live without them we wouldn’t want to and even though we don;t always agree, if ever we do, we respect their thoughts, opinions and beliefs.

How to celebrate – Let your spouse know how you fell about them. List all your spouse does for you so you can actually see it before you. Tell your loved ones that you love them, even if they already know that.

April 28th Kiss Your Mate Day

Today might mean something a little different in Australia but for most of us it means, kiss the one you love. Not that you can’t love your mate in Australia but… This is the day that you demonstrate to your loved one how much they mean to you by a simple, or more complex, kiss.

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It sort of makes me wonder where kissing came from. I sort of think it comes from that old adage, “shut up and kiss me”! But who knows for sure. It has been a way to express you love for someone, the more passionate, the more love I suppose. It sure beats the heck out of telling someone how you feel cause words never seem to be adequate.

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I mean, it’s something even most animals do! Naturally, they may be licking the last meal off their mates lips but sharing is good! We humans have tasty lip gloss, use various mouthwashes and use other means in order that our mate find our offering more appealing. And I guess that’s important. Ever kiss someone who has just eaten an onion or garlic!

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And when we are young we find kissing yuckie! I think it’s because we don’t really know what it means, or maybe we do… but either way, as we mature we look for as many kisses as we can. And really, even though today is the day we celebrate it you should kiss your mate as often as you get the opportunity.

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A kiss offers up romance and the better the kiss, the more romance. I am sure we all envision our kisses being some magic potion that sends our loved one into a world of fantasy and passion. Probably not true but we can dream! “You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, the fundamental things apply, as time goes by.”

How to celebrate – Kiss your mate, even if you are in Australia. Enter a kissing contest. Serve at the kissing booth at a carnival.