January Holidays!!

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Sat, 01-01-2011 - 6:54pm

January 1st is...

January.jpgNew Year's Day
- With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year's Day is the closest thing to being the world's only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. Did you know that in the United States it is traditional to eat blackeyed peas and hog jowls on New Year's Day? It is believed the more you eat the more money you will have for the year.

National Bloody Mary Day
- This holiday is celebrated by drinking bloody marys on the first day of the new year. Now if your battling a hangover then I expect you will skip celebrating this holiday but if your feeling good enough to drink today then we think you would enjoy sharing a few Bloody Mary drinks with your friends.

Z Day
- It's a day to celebrate those persons whose surnames start with Z! The idea is that everyone with a "Z" name gets to be first in line today instead of last. So, if you have a student in your class room, or an employee that works for you etc. that's last name starts with Z, give them a break today.

First Foot Day
- First Foot Day marks the beginning of the New Year and is said to bring luck. Who dares to enter your home first on New Year's Day? A man MUST be the first person to cross the threshold into our homes on New Years morning and we must not let a women come inside the house until a man does or it's bad luck.

Bad Hangover Day
- This holiday is celebrated by "not" drinking that's for sure! After all last night was New Years Eve and I'm sure you had more than you planned to, right? So today is about getting over a bad hangover by relaxing, resting and trying out all the best "getting over a hangover" ideas you can find.

Great Fruitcake Toss
- This is your opportunity to finally throw away the old fruitcake. After the holidays are over, it's time to bring in the new, and toss out the old. Today is the day that the fruit cake goes....hooray!

Ellis Island Opened
- Ellis Island was opened on New Year’s Day in 1892. Over the years more than 20 million individuals were processed through the stations. The island was used as a point of deportation as well: in 1932 alone, 20,000 people were deported from Ellis Island.

Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect
- Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation of Sept 22, 1862, declared that on this date “ … all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever, free.…” Slaves in the four slave states that had not seceded from the Union (Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri) were not freed until the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865.

Baby Boom Birthday
- Kathleen Casey Wilkens, born at one minute after midnight at Philadelphia, PA in 1946, was the first of the almost 78 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964.

Mummer's Parade
- World-famous New Year’s Day parade of 20,000 spectacularly costumed Mummers in a colorful parade that goes on all day. This celebration has taken place since the 1700s.

New Year's Dishonor List Day
- Since 1976, America’s dishonor list of words banished from the Queen’s English. Overworked words and phrases (e.g., going green, carbon footprint, not so much, bailout, maverick).

Paul Revere's Birthday
- American patriot, silversmith and engraver; maker of false teeth, eyeglasses, picture frames and surgical instruments. Best remembered for his famous ride Apr 18, 1775, celebrated in Longfellow’s poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” Born at Boston, MA on January 1st, 1735.

Australian Commonwealth Anniversary
- On this day in 1901 the six colonies of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory were united into one nation. The British Parliament had passed the Commonwealth Constitution Bill in the spring of 1900, and Queen Victoria signed the document Sept 17, 1900.

National Environmental Policy Act Established
- The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 established the Council on Environmental Quality and made it federal government policy to protect the environment in 1970.

Saint Basil's Day
- St. Basil’s or St. Vasily’s feast day observed by Eastern Orthodox churches. Special traditions for the day include serving St. Basil cakes, each of which contains a coin.

Euro Introduced
- The euro, the common currency of members of the European Union, was introduced for use by financial institutions. The value of the currencies of the 11 nations (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) was locked in at a permanent conversion rate to the euro. Greece joined the eurozone the following year. On Jan 1, 2002, euro bills and coins began circulating; other currencies were phased out as of Feb 28, 2002.


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Sun, 01-02-2011 - 6:59pm

January 2nd is....

January.jpgRun up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
- Be creative today. Use this day to try and test new ideas and concepts. Don't limit the ideas to business applications. In your personal life, try out a new dress or clothing style, perhaps a different haircut. Or, maybe buy a new houseflag and run it up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes...or even notices.

National Cream Puff Day
- Cream puffs are rich desserts that have been around since 1880 in the United States. However, the first cream puff originated sometime during the 1540's in Europe when Catherine de Medici's pastry chef created the baked puffed shells for her husband, France's Henry II.

Science Fiction Day
- celebrated by enjoying a day of science fiction fun - such as watching science fiction movies, watching history on UFO's and even having some classroom fun by having a science fiction day at school. We are encouraged on this day to make ourselves aware of the possibilities of space, our universe and the idea of aliens.

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
- Felines have a day for themselves to celebrate the “mewness” of a new time.

Boo Boo Bear's Birthday
- Boo-Boo Bear is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character on The Yogi Bear Show. Boo-Boo is an anthropomorphic bear cub in a bow tie, of uncertain relationship to Yogi Bear, who often acts as Yogi Bear's conscience. He tries (usually unsuccessfully) to keep Yogi from doing things he should not do, and also to keep Yogi from getting into trouble with Ranger Smith

National Motivation and Inspiration Day
- intended as a day for people to create reasonable goals that they can establish for the year, like New Year’s Resolutions and make a plan to complete them.

55-MPH Speed Limit Day
- Today marks the anniversary of the 55 MPH speed limit on highways. This caused a bit of controversy back then, but President Nixon ultimately signed the bill to conserve energy during the oil crisis in the 70's.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Day
- recorded in 1941, a major hit for The Andrews Sisters and an iconic World War II tune. This song can be considered an early jump blues recording. The song is ranked #6 on Songs of the Century.

Positive Postcard Day
- Here's how Positive Postcards work . . .
First, write down seven positive traits about yourself. Next, obtain seven postcards. Write a note to yourself about each trait on a different postcard. When you are done, you will have seven postcards, each with a note to yourself about one of the positive traits you listed.

Working Women in the White House Day
- President Benjamin Harrison welcomes Alice Sanger as the first female White House staffer on this day in 1890. Alice Sanger's appointment may have been an olive branch to the growing women's suffrage movement that had gathered momentum during Harrison's presidency.

Night Vision Birthday
- In 1936, AEG was ordered to start the development of infrared night-vision devices and in 1939, first successful prototype unit for use with 37mm Pak 35/36 L/45 anti-tank gun was constructed. In autumn of 1942, unit for use (infrared headlamp with viewer ZG 1221) with 75mm PaK 40 L/46 anti-tank gun was constucted and was also mounted on Marder II.

National Woman's Party Day
- In 1913 a group of the National American Women's Suffrage Association split off and named itself the Congressional Union for Woman's Suffrage. The union established branches in nine states, including Texas, in 1916, before merging with the National Woman's party the following year.

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January 3rd is....

January.jpgSuper Soakers Birthday 1991
- Once one of the most feared weapons on the water-front, the original Super Soaker SS 50 was a "MUST-HAVE" for any water-weapon enthusiast. Unlike its motorized predecessors, Lonnie Johnson developed a gun that relied on air pressure and arm pumping for pressurizing the firing chamber. The end result was a water blaster capable of delivering more water farther and faster than any other water gun on the market. The brand name, Super Soaker®, was introduced nation-wide in 1991 through a series of TV-advertisements.

Festival Of Sleep Day
- celebrated by learning about and experiencing a sound sleep. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are finally over. You made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Now you are all caught up on the holidays and your body is ready for a nice day of sleep. Today's the day to sleep in and feel how good it feels to have a nice comfortable sound sleep.

National Write to Congress Day
- Why live in a democracy if you don't express yourself? On this day, take a few minutes to identify your local representative and write him or her an e-mail or a letter about an issue of your choice. Get started at house.gov/writerep.

Humiliation Day
- On this holiday we take the opportunity to make up for the hurt we put others through. Sometimes we say or do something that hurts others without our knowledge. Humiliation Day stresses the need to understand the negative effects of humiliation. Go ahead and say sorry to someone you have hurt or convey your feelings to someone who has hurt you.

National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
- The holiday serves as a celebration of chocolate covered cherries. Chocolate covered cherries generally consist of maraschino cherries smothered in milk chocolate sauce, then refrigerated overnight. The sauce consists of butter, cream and semi-sweet chocolate. The cherries are normally covered in sugar prior to being dipped in the chocolate.

Spirit Robotic Rover Lands on Mars
- The robotic explorer Spirit woke up to its first full day on Mars, hours after making a perilous landing , sending postcards to Earth and taking a much deserved snooze. The $400 million NASA craft was the first to land without disaster on the red planet since 1997.

Brooklyn Bridge Birthday
- On Jan. 3, 1870, Washington Roebling began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge; when it opened 13 years later, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world.

Drinking Straw Day
- celebrate the invention of the drinking straw - enjoy this day by drinking cool drinks with cool straws all day long! Drinking straws have been improved since that day in 1888 when it was first invented. Straws are made of paper or plastic, and include bendy straws, candy straws, and spoon straws too.

Alaska Admitted as 49th U.S. State
- On January 3, 1959, Alaska, with a land mass larger than Texas, California and Montana combined, became the 49th state in the union. It is a large state, 1/5 the size of all the other states together, reaching so far to the west that the International Date Line had to be bent to keep the state all in the same day. It's also the only U.S. state extending into the Eastern Hemisphere.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday
- On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author.

*Memento Mori "Remember You Die" Day
- Contrary to the way it sounds, Memento Mori Day is to remind us not only that we die, but that we are now alive and should celebrate that fact. Wouldn't it be great if they renamed this one, "Remember You Live Day"? That would sound so much happier and a little less like a threat from a hit man.

"Thank God It's Monday" Day
- People who love their jobs feel challenged by their work but in control of it. They have bosses who make them feel appreciated and co-workers they like. They can find meaning in whatever they do. And they aren't just lucky. It takes real effort to reach that sublime state.

Electric Watch Birthday
- On January 3, 1957, Hamilton held a press conference to announce the "World's First Electric Watch." The idea of a watch which never needed winding was very exciting to consumers back in the 1950's who were not only tired of always winding their watches, but were also captivated by progress and modernity. The Hamilton Electric was an instant hit.

Women Rock! Day
- Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 12:58pm
You sure do keep us up on our history. THere are some really good things in this one that are worth remembering!!! I was thinking of holidays that I get a day off of work for and the thought ran through my head that I might have a day to myself, on MLK day, but nope - the kids have the day off too. Time to plan a day off to myself!!!! :0)
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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 4:11pm

Always good to have a day to yourself!!

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January 4th is...

January.jpgTrivia Day
- It's a day to annoy your friends and enemies with all manner of trivia! More and more people are celebrating this holiday each year because so many people all over the world loves to play trivia games. As the popularity of this holiday gains strength, we find that trivia lovers turn this day into a party day by gathering together; sharing party food and drinks- and enjoying in the fun of playing trivia on "Trivia Day."

National Spaghetti Day
- If you hear the word pasta, you think Italy, but it’s said that pasta actually goes back to the Etruscans (400 B.C.). It is believed that they used to prepare the first lasagna made of spelt which is a cereal like wheat, but far more resistant against bad weather and diseases.

Free Flower Basket Day
- Is there anyone out there that doesn't like flowers? On this day we are encouraged to give a thoughtful and unexpected gift of flowers to someone in our life!

World Hypnotism Day
- A day when hypnotism professionals promote the truth and benefits of hypnotism to the people of the world while removing the myths and misconceptions.

Bicycle Around the World Day
- Thomas Stevens became the first person to complete a bicycle trip around the world in 1887.

Amnesty for Polygamists
- President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation in 1893, granting full amnesty and pardon to all persons who had since Nov 1, 1890, abstained from unlawful cohabitation in a polygamous marriage. This was intended in the main for a specific group of elderly Mormons who had continued in the practice of contracting serial marriages.

World Braille Day
- Louis Braille, the inventor of a widely used touch system of reading and writing for blind people was born at Coupvray, France in 1809. Permanently blinded at the age of three by a leatherworking awl in his father’s saddle-making shop, Braille developed a system of writing that used, ironically, an awl-like stylus to punch marks in paper that could be felt and interpreted by people who are blind. The system was largely ignored until after Braille died in poverty, suffering from tuberculosis, at Paris, Jan 6, 1852.

Tom Thumb Day
- Charles Sherwood Stratton, perhaps the most famous midget in history, was born at Bridgeport, CT in 1838. He eventually reached a height of three feet, four inches and a weight of 70 pounds. Discovered by P.T. Barnum in 1842, Stratton, as “General Tom Thumb,” became an internationally known entertainer and performed before Queen Victoria and other heads of state.

Pop Music Chart Day
- On January 4, 1936 Billboard magazine published the first list of bestselling pop records, covering the week that ended Dec 30, 1935. On the list were recordings by the Tommy Dorsey and the Ozzie Nelson orchestras.

Roller Skates Birthday
- Massachusetts businessman James Plimpton's 1863 invention of an improved roller skate led to a boom in popularity in the late 19th century, particularly in cities of the American East Coast. At first, people roller skated at home, but within twenty years businesses dedicated to the activity began to spring up. Plimpton himself is credited with opening the first roller skating rink in New York City.

Sir Isaac Newton's Birthday
- Born at Woolsthorpe, England in 1643, Sir Isaac Newton was the chief figure of the scientific revolution of the 17th century, a physicist and mathematician who laid the foundations of calculus, studied the mechanics of planetary motion and discovered the law of gravitation.

Appendectomy Day
- The first successful appendectomy was done in Davenport, Iowa in 1885 by Dr. William West Grant. The patient was Mary Gartside, age 22.

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January 5th is...

January.jpgTwelfth Night
- January 5, the eve of Epiphany, celebrated as a holiday in parts of Europe and the United States and marked by feasting, merrymaking, and the lighting of bonfires.

National Bird Day
- established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity. Take the time to appreciate the native wild birds flying free outside our windows and make an effort to learn about birds both in the wild and our feathered friends that we keep as pets.

Bean Day
- If you're in a rush today, you could mark the day by having some plain but honourable baked beans on toast from your favourite tin. Or, to be more adventurous, you could cook up a French cassoulet, or sample some bean burritos.

American Divorce Day
- In 1643, Anne Clark was granted the first legal divorce in North America.

First Woman Governor Inaugurated
- In 1925, Nellie Tayloe (Mrs William B.) Ross became the first woman to serve as governor upon her inauguration in Wyoming. She had previously finished out the term of her husband, who had died in office. In 1974 Ella Grasso of Connecticut became the first woman to be elected governor in her own right.

National Whipped Cream Day
- January 5 is Lapin's birthday and he was born in 1914 in St. Louis. Known as Bunny (as "lapin" means "rabbit" in French), he was originally a clothes salesman but got into the food industry in the 1940s. He started selling Sta-Whip, a wartime substitute for whipping cream, and eventually put whipped cream into a new type of aerosol canister and called his product, Reddi-wip. Reddi-wip was first sold through local milkmen but it went national in 1954 and is still available today.

FM Radio Birthday
- W1XOJ was the first FM radio station, granted a construction permit by the FCC in 1937. On January 5, 1940 FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time. FM radio was assigned the 42 to 50 MHz band of the spectrum in 1940.

Bozo the Clown's Birthday
- Popular red-haired clown featured on Capitol Records, animated cartoons and syndicated versions of BOZO THE CLOWN (BOZO'S BIG TOP) since the 1950s. Bozo is a circus clown with large floppy collar, red nose and red hair that shoots from the sides of his head like a pair of red horns.

National Second Hand Wardrobe Day
- The point of this event is to drawn attention to the money and earth-saving benefits of buying used clothing rather than purchasing only new items. Second-hand Wardrobe Day is also meant to encourage people to donate clothing to thrift stores to keep the process alive! Over $10 billion worth of used merchandise is sold annually...why not take advantage of this trend to save yourself money and benefit the planet in the process?

Chrysler Birthday
- The first Chrysler cars were introduced on January 5, 1924, at the New York Automobile Show — one year before Chrysler Corporation itself was created. These cars, launched by Maxwell Motors, had a revolutionary new six-cylinder, high-compression engine, a seven-bearing crankshaft, carburetor air cleaner, replaceable oil filter — and four-wheel hydraulic brakes.

Mr. Ed's Birthday
- Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways[1] that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961 and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966

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January 6th is....

January.jpgCuddle Up Day
- an opportunity to snuggle up to someone on a cold winters' day or night. Chances are it's cold outside. So, cozy up to a special someone, and enjoy the warmth and love. This day is enjoyed by both young and old.

National Shortbread Day
- The shortbread cookie may have been around since the twelfth century. At first, shortbread was made with yeast instead of butter, making the cookie dough more like bread dough than cookie dough. It was twice baked, and sprinkled with sugar and different spices, then left to harden. In the sixteenth century, Mary, the Queen of Scots ordered the shortbread recipe perfected.

Pepe Le Pew's Birthday
- a fictional character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, first introduced in 1945. A French skunk that always strolls around in Paris in the springtime, when everyone's thoughts are of "love", Pepé is constantly seeking "l'amour" of his own. However, he has one huge turnoff to any prospective mates: his malodorous scent.

Sherlock Holme's Birthday
- a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based "consulting detective", Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to take almost any disguise, and his forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.

Epiphany or Twelfth Night
- The Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas, and tonight is known as "Twelfth Night" (or "Twelfthnight"). It begins the celebration of Christ's revealing His Divinity in three ways.

Schoolhouse Rock Birthday
- an American series of animated musical educational short films that aired during the Saturday morning children's programming on the U.S. television network ABC. The topics covered included grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics. The series' original run lasted from 1973 to 1985 - did you watch back then?

Armenian Christmas
- Christmas is observed on January 6th in the Armenian Church, the oldest Christian national church.

Three Kings Day
- Major festival of the Christian Church observed in many parts of the world with gifts, feasting, last lighting of Christmas lights and burning of Christmas greens. Twelfth and last day of the Feast of the Nativity. Commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men (Kings or Magi) to Bethlehem.

National Smith Day
- There are more Smiths in the United States than any other surname and for that reason it is traditional to give everyone with the name of Smith a hug on this day

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I loved those Schoolhouse Rock clips when I was growing up!! Now a days we have healthy eating things but only on the kids channels. The Schoolhouse seriers were on regular TV stations. I still understand how a bill works because of one of these clips!! :0)
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Thu, 01-06-2011 - 8:16pm

Let's see.....I cuddled with my doggie since my hubby isn't home!

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January 7th is....

January.jpgInternational Programmers' Day
- For decades, programmers have made major contributions to our lives. Programmers are ultimately responsible for many of the conveniences we enjoy such as DVR, direct deposit, web surfing, online bill paying, cell phones, etc. Behind most modern day convenience, there's a computer programmer.

National Tempura Day
- This delicious Japanese style of cooking lightly batters and fries vegetables and seafood. It was first introduced in Southern Japan during the mid-sixteenth century by early Portuguese missionaries and traders. To celebrate, try making your own tempura at home or head out to your favorite Japanese restaurant!

Harlem Globetrotter's Day
- Basketball promoter Abe Saperstein’s “New York Globetrotters” took the floor on this date in 1927 at Hinckley, IL. Despite the “New York” in their name, the Globetrotters (who included Inman Jackson, Lester Johnson and Walter Wright) hailed from Chicago’s South Side. The talented African-American players—unable to play in white professional leagues—barnstormed the nation in serious basketball promotional events. They changed to “Harlem Globetrotters” in the 1930s and added humor to their games in the 1940s.

I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
- A day to fight back and take control of all events that happen in one’s life. Stand up for your rights—it’s so easy to walk away.

Orthodox Christmas
- any Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. This date works to be December 25 in the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be the son of God.

Flash Gordon's Birthday
- Flash Gordon is the hero of a science fiction adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, which was first published on January 7, 1934. The strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip.

Buck Rogers's Birthday
- The comic strip, titled "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," debuted on January 7 1929, with the character now called by his nickname. It ran consecutively until 1967, and at it’s peak was published in more than 400 newspapers throughout the world and translated into 18 languages.

Old Rock Day
- an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate old rocks and fossils. Perhaps you can start a rock collection. You can go out on a field trip in search of old fossils (the rock kind). Or, if you choose, you can just play with old rocks.

Fruitcake Toss Day
- This is your opportunity to finally throw away the old fruitcake. After the holidays are over, it's time to bring in the new, and toss out the old. You may even like to join in on the fruit cake toss games that are becoming popular all over the United States