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
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 12:34pm
I thought maybe you were away since we hadn't heard from you. I'm sorry you weren't feeling well!!!! Glad you are getting back to normal. Thanks so much. We're excited. There will definately be lots of change and lots to do this year. But I'm looking forward to it. Then in 2012 the girls' Gma will be retiring and moving to her home state. I'm praying her plans go well for her. So far things have not been all that smooth. Thanks again. Take a little nap today so you can get even stronger!!
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Registered: 12-12-2007
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 12:34pm
Glad you are feeling better!!!
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Registered: 08-25-2000
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 4:49pm
Sounds like a good cure to me!
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Wed, 01-12-2011 - 4:24pm

January 12th is....

January.jpgFeast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
- This just could be your day......... if you're a fabulous wild guy. Perhaps this day is meant to feast your eyes on some fabulous wild men. So ladies, we suggest you check out the top 10 sexiest men.

National Marzipan Day
- celebrates the sweet, malleable almond paste confection marzipan. An international food, marzipan is enjoyed through its taste and appearance, as it is often shaped to resemble other things, usually tiny fruits or animals.

National Handwriting Day
- Check out a book on handwriting from the library and have fun with friends analyzing each other's handwriting. Hand-write a letter to someone you love who lives far away, and sign it with a big signature.

John Hancock's Birthday
- The signature of John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence is the most flamboyant and easily recognizable of all. It is perhaps no surprise that the story of his part in the revolution is equally engaging. Few figures were more well known or more popular than John Hancock.

Batman TV Day
- The 1966 series was based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane in 1939. Adam West starred as millionaire Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego, Batman. Burt Ward costarred as Dick Grayson/Robin, the Boy Wonder.

National Pharmacist Day
- a day to honor pharmacists, and recognize their important role in medical care. A Pharmacist must be knowledgeable of the chemistry of all medicines. They can inform you of a drugs' side effects, and all aspects of prescription medicine. Very importantly, they understand and recognize the inter-action of drugs together...many people take numerous drugs.

Women Denied Vote
- The US House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote in 1915. Women gained the right to vote in 1920.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2007
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 4:28pm
How ironic that Fabulos Wild Men Day and Women Denied Vote Day are on the same day :0) LoL!!!
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Registered: 06-06-2002
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 8:29am
I like the idea of national handwriting day! I love writing letters
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Registered: 08-25-2000
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 9:17am

I must admit that I don't as my handwriting was awful to begin with, and when I broke my hand 8 years ago, it didn't heal as well as we had hoped, so writing is more difficult and my writing even worse....plus it hurts to write a lot!

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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 9:27am

January 13th is....

January.jpgBlame Somebody Else Day
- What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility or blame for any faux pax on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you are busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you!

National Peach Melba Day
- Peach Melba was created in the late 1800s by French chef Escoffier for Dame Nellie Melba, a popular Australian opera singer. It is a concoction consisting of peach halves (poached in syrup), filled with vanilla ice cream, then topped with melba sauce (a raspberry sauce).

Sesame Street Rubber Duckie's Birthday
- Rubber Duckie is Ernie's toy duck and most treasured possession. Ernie has expressed his fondness for his duckie in several songs, most famously "Rubber Duckie", but the duck has also figured in "Put Down the Duckie," "D-U-C-K-I-E," "Do De Rubber Duck", and "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree".

Public Radio Broadcasting Day
- Birth of public radio broadcasting is credited to Lee de Forest. On January 13, 1910, the first public radio broadcast was an experimental transmission of a live Metropolitan Opera House performance of several famous opera singers.

Make Your Dreams Come True Day
- today gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don't come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

International Skeptics Day
- is the perfect day for you...the "doubting Thomas". Perhaps the earth isn't really round!? Maybe, the sky isn't truly blue!? Does he (she) really love me!? These are the words and questions of the classical skeptic.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2007
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 1:51pm
Too much blaming goes around as it is, so boo to blame someone else day!! :0) But rubber duckie day sound fun!!!
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Fri, 01-14-2011 - 9:27am

January 14th is...

January.jpgNational Dress Up Your Pet Day
- Do you have the most stylish cat or dog on the block? now is the time to coordinate some fabulous outfits so your pet can celebrate in style! This is your chance to make Fido fit for the runway.

Make Your Dream Come True Day
- gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don't come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

C-Section Birthday
- Dr. Jesse Bennett, of Edom, VA, performed the first successful Cesarean section in 1794. The patient was his wife.

Ratification Day
- Anniversary of the act that officially ended the American Revolution and established the US as a sovereign power. On Jan 14, 1784, the Continental Congress, meeting at Annapolis, MD, ratified the Treaty of Paris, thus fulfilling the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776.

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
- Although New York's Sussman Volk is generally credited with producing the first pastrami sandwich in 1887, that claim is disputed by the founders of Katz's Deli in New York, which was founded in 1888. Volk, a kosher butcher, claimed that he got the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storing the friend's luggage while the friend returned to Romania. According to his descendant, Patricia Volk, Volk prepared pastrami according to the recipe and served it on sandwiches out of his butcher shop. The sandwich was so popular that Volk converted the butcher shop into a restaurant to sell pastrami sandwiches.

Penguin Awareness Day
- offers a unique opportunity to get to know the dapper little avian who doesn't fly. They're more than just adorable tuxedo-clad birds that love the snow. The penguin comes in a number of different species and some are being threatened by climate change, making the Awareness Day even more important.

National Clean off your Desk Day
- Are you concerned about what may be hiding in those piles on your desk? Start the New Year off on a good start by tackling that messy desktop during National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

Organize Your Home Day
- First they want me to clean off my desk, and now they want me to organize my home too? I don’t know about you, but this is not a task I could ever complete in a single day. Perhaps I could get a handle on my desk in one day! Maybe....