“National _____ Day”

11:43 am Crafts, Holidays
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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

We all know about Advent Calendars, those gift-a-day creations that help children (and us!) count down the days to Christmas. They’re fun, and I love them as much as anyone, and I have an idea for a new sort of gift to put behind those little doors, or inside those little boxes: Holidays!

Did you know that if you do a quick Google search on “December Holidays” you’ll find there is a holiday for every single day of this month? Most days, in fact, have more than one holiday, or at least something special about them. (Who knew that the Golf Tee was patented on the 12th?)  I suspected there were a lot of them for December, but more than one a day? Really? How cool!

So for a different take on that advent calendar tradition, here’s my suggestion: Instead of a little gift, write down a holiday for each day, write it on a slip of paper and tuck it behind the door. When you take out the slip, the “gift of the day” is to celebrate that holiday or anniversary in an appropriate fashion. Every day then, has its own flavor, its own activity. One thing I especially like is that this calendar is one I can see adults enjoying, too, whether or not they have children around. I am, for instance, an empty nester, and I’m totally looking forward to getting my husband involved in this!

It does require some advance planning, of course. For National Oatmeal Muffin Day (Dec 19th) you’ll need to have oatmeal muffins on hand, or at least know where to get some. I’m writing this on December 11th, the first day of Hanukah; do I have my menorah? Yes! I will set it on the window sill, and light that first candle. How about National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day? You will definitely want to make sure the plungers are clean, or maybe even buy new!
"Don't worry. There's always collage!"

"Don't worry. There's always collage!"

Don’t have an Advent Calendar, per se? There’s no crime in writing the days on a “regular” calendar, but put a sticky note over each day, and don’t let anyone peek!

What’s fun is that “National _____ Day” events tend to change from year to year, so you never know what’s going to come up when you do the search each year.

Here’s a list of some I found for December 2009:

1. Eat a Red Apple Day; National Pie Day; Rosa Parks Day; World AIDS Day; Special Kids Day

2. National Fritters Day; Special Education Day; International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3. International Day of the Disabled; National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

4. National Cookie Day; Wear Brown Shoes Day; National Dice Day

5. Walt Disney’s Birthday; International Volunteer Day; Bathtub Party Day; AFL-CIO Day

6. Ira Gershwin’s Birthday; Mitten Tree Day; St Nicholas Day; Coats & Toys for Kids DayNational Cotton Candy Day; Pearl Harbor Day; Civil Aviation Day

7. National Brownie Day; Islamic New Year; National Cotton Candy Day

8. Ball-Bearing Roller Skates Patented (1884); First Christmas Seals Issued (1907); International Children’s Broadcasting Day

9. Emily Dickinson’s Birthday (1830); Human Rights Day; Nobel Peace Prize Awarded

10. Hanukkah Begins at Sunset; National Noodle Ring Day; UNICEF Anniversary (1946); Apollo 17 Moon Landing

11. International Mountain Day; Hovercraft Patented; Poinsettia Day; Bonza Bottler Day (Happens every month when the month and day are the same: Sept 9, Jan 1; Dec 12, etc.); Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

12. National Cocoa Day; Ice Cream and Violins Day; 1st Susan B Anthony Dollar (1978)

13. First Miniature Golf Course Opened (1929); South Pole Discovered (1911)

14. Phonograph patented (1877); Bill of Rights Day; Netscape Navigator Released (1994)

15. Boston Tea Party Anniversary (1773); Las Posadas (Mexican holiday that reenacts Joseph’s search for an inn), Beethoven’s Birthday; Cat Herders Day

16. National Maple Syrup Day; Underdog Day; Wright Brother’s Day; National Chocolate Covered Anything Day; National Re-gifting Day

17. National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day; 13th Amendment, Abolishing Slavery, Ratified (1865)

18. Oatmeal Muffin Day; International Migrants Day

19. Games Day

20. 1st Crossword Puzzle in a Newspaper; Humbug Day; Look at the Bright Side Day; National Flashlight Day

21. 1st Christmas Lights for Sale (1882); Thermometer Invented; Winter Solstice-Winter Begins; Maritime Day; National Haiku Poetry Day

22. Roots Day

23. Christmas Eve; National Egg Nog Day; Remember to Read the Instructions First Night; Silent Night Sung for the First Time (1818)

24. Christmas; National Pumpkin Pie Day

That gets us to Christmas, but there’s still nearly a week of December left! Why not continue? There’s still Kwanzaa and Boxing Day on the 26th, not to mention National Whiner’s Day, and Visit the Zoo Day on the 27th

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Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

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2 Responses
  1. Beth :

    Date: December 16, 2009 @ 11:43 PM

    Lol, funny stuff there!

  2. Memories for Life Scrapbooks :

    Date: December 17, 2009 @ 4:40 AM

    Lots of fun holidays…I love obscure events :)

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