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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Registered: 12-12-2007
Fri, 01-07-2011 - 12:57pm
Tempura = home made onion rings to me - Yummy!!! and I'll never forget The time my Mom took my BFF and I to the Globetrotters game. We had front row seats. It was a blast.

I hope you're having a good day today Sue. We're making a little headway with wedding things. I didn't think that we'd be able to set a date for a while, but it looks like DD18 is doing okay and getting into this. D and her have talked some and we did (just for a couple of minutes) and we are making steps forward. So far, we've narrowed it down to four months this summer. I'm kinda thinking that it would be best to have it near DD18's graduation. This way, she can have lots of people here for her graduation and we will have the same for the wedding. It's so so far for everyone to come that this will not burden anyone!!
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Registered: 08-25-2000
Fri, 01-07-2011 - 9:44pm

That schedule for a wedding sounds good to me!!

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 9:41am

January 8th is...

January.jpgElvis Presley's Birthday
- Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948. In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis.

Bubble Bath Day
- It's a day to celebrate bubble baths in every way you can think of! The perfect time to pamper yourself with a warm bubble bath. Make a tub of bubbles, soak yourself and bust the stress. Why not try making your own bubble bath? Share some soothing bath recipes or even have a bubble bath party!

Midwife or Women's Day
- celebrated each year in Greece to honor midwives and all women. “On this day women stop their housework and spend their time in cafés, while the men do all the housework chores and look after the children.” In some villages, men caught outside “will be stripped … and drenched with cold water.”

National Joy Germ Day
- devoted to sending rousing ripples of joy and good cheer, kindness and courtesy, happiness and humor, sacredness and silliness to those you meet and greet. You’ll be spreading that contagious “disease” called Joy-germ Fever.

National Show and Tell Day
- Since students have show and tell at school, adults should get to do the same. Why should your kindergartner have all the fun? Now you can really show your friends or office mates just how weird you really are.

War On Poverty Anniversary
- President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty in his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964. He stressed improved education as one of the cornerstones of the program. The following Aug 20, he signed a $947.5 million anti-poverty bill designed to assist more than 30 million citizens.

National English Toffee Day
- a time to appreciate English toffee, a chocolate brittle treat. English toffee is considered to be the favorite toffee of North America. Typically, English toffee is made with chocolate, sugar, butter, almonds and vanilla.

Milk Carton Birthday
- The first milk cartons were distributed in the San Francisco area as early as 1906, but there were still improvements to be made. In 1915 John Van Wormer received a patent for his folded paper milk carton referred to as a "paper bottle." Van Wormer, who owned a toy factory in Toledo, Ohio was prompted to create a carton after dropping a glass bottle of milk. His cartons were delivered to dairies flatten form. The dairy could then fold, fill and seal the cartons.

Male Watcher's Day
- a day for all of you ladies out there to go out and watch the guys. After all, they have their fun watching the ladies. Now, it's your turn. It is okay to perform Male Watching discreetly, or quite visibly. Single, unattached ladies may prefer to be seen male watching.......for obvious reasons!

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Sun, 01-09-2011 - 1:57pm

January 9th is....

January.jpgNational Static Electricity Day
- Most of us have experienced touching a metal object and getting a sudden static or shock. Sometimes as soon as we take off our hat, our hair stands straight. This especially happens in winters. Therefore, the sudden shock and the hair standing out is a result of static electricity. Every day is static electricity day!

Aviation in America Day
- A Frenchman, Jean-Pierre François Blanchard, made the first manned free-balloon flight in America’s history at Philadelphia, PA. The event was watched by President George Washington and many other high government officials. The hydrogen-filled balloon rose to a height of about 5,800 feet, traveled some 15 miles and landed 46 minutes later in New Jersey. Reportedly Blanchard had one passenger on the flight—a little black dog.

Word Nerd Day
- In honor of Word Nerd Day, also known as National Word Day, start a "Word of the Day" plan for your family or friends. Thanks to Dictionary.com here's our word for the day: byzantine - look it up!

National Apricot Day
- The day honors the apricot, a fruit which has been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years. California is the biggest producer of apricots in the United States, producing 95% of the apricots sold annually.

Positively Penguins Day
- According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world authority on the status of threatened species, 11 of 18 penguin species are declining and are considered an extinction risk. Make a penguin and take him to work or school. When someone asks you about your home made penguin, explain about the plight of the world's wild penguin populations.

Play God Day
- To mark this day, do something good that will make a difference. Anything that fits this definition is appropriate. You do not have to make it something miraculous. It can be something simple, like visiting someone who is ill, or helping someone in need. Giving God thanks or a prayer is also appropriate for this day.

Balloon Ascension Day
- A large crowd gathered outside the walls of the Walnut Street Prison that fronted on what is now Independence Square in Philadelphia at dawn on January 9, 1793. The occasion was not a hanging but a balloon launching, which, if successful, would be the first aerial voyage in the history of the new United States of America and the New World by Jean Pierre Blanchard, noted French aeronaut.

Panama's Martyr Day
- a Panamanian holiday which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The riot started after a Panamanian flag was torn during conflict between Panamanian students and Canal Zone Police officers, over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the U.S. flag.

National Rape Survivor Day
- Rape is an enormous challenge to heal from. This crime happens to as many as 1 woman in 4. It crosses ethnic, racial, economic and social boundaries.

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Registered: 06-06-2002
Mon, 01-10-2011 - 7:14am

Kristie - Congratulaions!

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Mon, 01-10-2011 - 2:48pm

January 10th is...

January.jpgNational Clean Off Your Desk Day
- What does your desk look like right now? Everything neatly stored away in its proper place? Or piles of assorted paper everywhere? How about setting a New Year's resolution to get your office (home or work) in order? Think about all the problems that a messy desk causes you -- you are late paying bills, you can't find important papers when you need them, you look at the stacks and are filled with a sense of panic. Just taking a few minutes to clean out the obsolete and invest a few minutes creating a clean, efficient workspace for yourself.

National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
- Bittersweet chocolate has at least 35% chocolate liquor. Some people use the word semi-sweet chocolate for bittersweet chocolate as semisweet can have up to 35% chocolate liquor. However, a high-quality bittersweet chocolate can contain at least 60% chocolate liquor. When this is compared with semi-sweet chocolate, there is a difference in taste.

Peculiar People Day
- in honor of uniquely different people. Un-ordinary, extraordinary, unusual, strange, odd, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal, and quirky. These are all things that we think of to describe the word "peculiar". Most of these characteristics can be viewed as good, or not so good. Today is a day to look for the good in your peculiar acquaintances.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
- A day to educate people on the ways they can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer while saving money on their energy bills. By following a few easy steps, home owners and renters can put a reasonable ceiling on their heating and cooling costs and stay comfortable.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Birthday
- The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Jeep division of Chrysler. The Grand Cherokee debuted in grand fashion at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Then-Chrysler president Robert Lutz drove Detroit mayor, Coleman Young up the steps of Cobo Hall and through a plate glass window to show off the new vehicle.

First Meeting of United Nations
- On the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the unsuccessful League of Nations, delegates from 51 nations met at London, England in 1946, for the first meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Where's the Beef Day
- Anniversary of the first time Wendy's Restaurant's commercial aired in 1984 with Clara Peller asking "Where's The Beef?"

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Registered: 12-12-2007
Mon, 01-10-2011 - 8:18pm
I hope that headache goes away fast!!!
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Registered: 08-25-2000
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 8:10am

Yep it's gone and feeling great right now!

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Tue, 01-11-2011 - 8:12am

January 11th is...

January.jpgInternational Thank You Day
- a wonderful opportunity to identify and reveal things for which you're grateful, and express them with simple acts of thanks. Are you overdue in expressing thanks to your family, pets, friends, co-workers, neighbors, the mail carrier, or the Universe (God or whatever you like to call him or her)? If so, now's the perfect time to put that "thank you" out there.

National Hot Toddy Day
- Hot toddy is a name given to a mixed drink that is served hot, believed to have originated in the 18th century to make the taste of scotch more palatable to women. Traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet and cold weather and in the past they were believed to help cure the cold and flu.

Secret Pal Day
- is a fun way to remind each other how special we are! Being someone's Secret Pal doesn't have to be expensive -- in fact, like most things in life, simple is best.

Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day
- a day just for mischievous fun. After all, any kid knows that splashing and jumping into puddles is fun. And, when that results in splashing a friend, your joy is complete.

Milk Day
- This day was chosen because, reputedly, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time in 1878 on this day. Glass bottles allowed milk to be delivered in sanitary conditions to customers. Before that, it was brought round in large milk cans, often open to the elements, and you'd bring your pail and they'd ladle out what you wanted.

Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day
- US Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report in 1964, saying that smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.

Rhubarb Day
- 1770, John Bartram of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received the first shipment of rhubarb sent to the United States

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Registered: 06-06-2002
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 10:52am

National Hot Toddy Day
- Hot toddy is a name given to a mixed drink that is served hot, believed to have originated in the 18th century to make the taste of scotch more palatable to women. Traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet and cold weather and in the past they were believed to help cure the cold and flu.

I laughed that it said "in the past" it was believed to cure cold and flu.