January Holidays!!

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January Holidays!!
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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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 6:09pm
does this mean that child labor is allowed today? :0) LoL!!! And I think it's ironic that its the bday of ssi, and it's having so much trouble right now. and no thanks on the burssel sprouts!!!
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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 1:35pm

January 31st is....

January.jpgBackwards Day
- a day to do everything backwards. Try writing backwards or reading backwards. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat your meal, starting with dessert. Now that's what I call fun! Walk backwards, or talk backwards. Play a board game backwards, from the finish line to the start. Are you starting to get the picture!?

National Brandy Alexander Day
- Brandy Alexander is a sweet, brandy-based cocktail that became popular during the early 20th century. It was supposedly created at the wedding between Princess Mary and Lord Lascelles in London in 1922.

Child Labor Day
- Child labour refers to the employment of children at regular and sustained labour. This practice is considered exploitative by many international organizations and is illegal in many countries.

Eat Brussel Sprouts Day
- Even though they have created a day for it, I still don't like brussel sprouts. However my son loved them as a little one and still does today. Where do you stand on the brussel sprout issue?

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
- celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. A day to experience art in your life. Food sustains you as a human; art inspires you to be divine. Go to an art museum, browse through an art book at the library, enroll in an art class or commission an artist. Read your favorite poem out loud. Go to a concert or play. Sign up for dance lessons. Today is a day to inspire your heart with the arts!

Green Hornet's Birthday
- The Green Hornet is a fictional character - an American pulp hero and masked vigilante - created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker with input by radio director James Jewell in 1936. Since his radio debut in the 1930s, the Green Hornet has appeared in numerous serialized dramas in a wide variety of media.

Jackie Robinson's Birthday
- Born in 1919, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, athlete and business executive, first black to enter professional major league baseball (Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947–56). Voted National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1949 and elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day
- A day to celebrate the joy that Bubble Wrap® brings to our lives. A day to learn the history and snapping etiquette and to gain a new appreciation of the country’s favorite shipping material (invented in 1960). Also, a day to snap and share Bubble Wrap® with coworkers, classmates and loved ones.

First Social Security Check Issued
- Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, VT, received the first monthly retirement check—in the amount of $22.54 in 1940. Fuller had worked for three years under the Social Security program (which had been established by legislation in 1935). The accumulated taxes on her salary over those three years were $24.75. She lived to be 100 years old, collecting $22,888 in Social Security benefits

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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 12:55pm
Croissants are so good!!!
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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 5:50am
National Croissant Day - should have got some for breakfast yesterday but didn't :(
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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 5:48am
Organize Your Home Day
- That's every day - and it doesn't work!

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Sun, 01-30-2011 - 8:58am

January 30th is...

January.jpgBeatles Last Concert
- On this day the Beatles performed together in public for the last time in 1969. The show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London, England, but it was interrupted by police after they received complaints from the neighbors about the noise.

National Croissant Day
- .While the Larousse Gastronomique pits the pastry as originating in 1686 Budapest, other historians refute this as a colorful tale, arguing that the French croissant as we know it is a more recent invention, recorded in France as early as the mid-1850s as a crescent-shaped bread or cake. The Oxford Companion to Food argues that it wasn't until 1906, in Colombie's Nouvelle Encyclopedie culinaire, that "a true croissant, and its development into a national symbol of France, [emerge as] a 20th-century history."

Jazz Day
- one day of the year set aside for the world-wide celebration of America's only indigenous art form, and the musicians, past and present who created and sustain it. Created and promoted in 1991 by an avocational musician and bandleader, D. Michael Denny, while he was serving on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society.

Snagglepuss's Birthday
- a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character created in 1959, a pink anthropomorphic mountain lion voiced by Daws Butler. He is best known for his famous catchphrase, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!", along with phrases such as "Exit, stage left!"

Yodel for Your Neighbors Day
- So get out your lederhosen, head to your neighbour's front porch, and let out your best yodelayeehoo. Then you better start running!

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday
- The only president to serve more than two terms, FDR was elected four times. He supported the Allies in WWII before the US entered the struggle by supplying them with war materials through the Lend-Lease Act; he became deeply involved in broad decision making after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941.

Bloody Sunday
- In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 14 Roman Catholics were shot dead by British troops during a banned civil rights march. During 1972, the first year of British direct rule, 467 people were killed in the fighting.

Gandhi Assassinated
- Indian religious and political leader, assassinated at New Delhi, India in 1948. The assassin was a Hindu extremist, Ram Naturam.

National Inane Answering Machine Message Day
- a day to end those numerous, annoying inane answering machine messages. We all get them on our answering machines. An inane message is a senseless or meaningless message, or a prank call. Or, it could be an insane message.

World Leprosy Day
- focus on increasing awareness of leprosy and the stigma faced by those who have been affected by it. Did you know that one person is diagnosed with leprosy every 2 minutes?

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Fri, 01-14-2011 - 1:19pm
yes - no dressing the pets!!! they don't like it and don't need the clothes. That's why God gave them fur!!! ;0)

My BFF had a C Section too and yes, her and little guy would not be here with out them. Her second little guy is due in April and he will come the same way. She'd going to name him Connor.

I can't say I'm a Penguins fan - I grew up near Detroit. Go Red Wings!!! :0)

Yes, I need to clean my desk off too. Both at work and at home. Now when it comes to organizing things. I have two houses to organize in four months. I think we'd better get busy!!!!
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Fri, 01-14-2011 - 9:34am

Let's see,,,,,the kids tried once to dress up the dog as a soccer player with a soccer shirt and shorts.....she didn't like it at all!