National What Day: Some holidays in December and January

Holidays

I would hazard to guess there is no such thing as an all inclusive holiday package. What I mean is, no one could write and include every holiday there is! As a people we have come to create holidays for the sublime, the simple, and the totally silly.

Everyone likes to be with their families on Christmas or Thanksgiving, Mother's Day and Father's Day too. What about all those little holidays that are out there that we not only don't celebrate but probably don't even know about? I wrote about some of them in a hub called "National What Day: Some holidays in October and November". I think its time to move on to December and January even though Christmas and New Year's overshadow the rest.

Please note, National Holidays we are all aware of will not be contained in this writing.

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December and Christms

December and Christmas go hand-in-hand.
December and Christmas go hand-in-hand.

Recipe for Corn Fritters

From AllRecipes.com:

  • Original recipe makes 1 dozen frittersChange Servings
    • 3 cups oil for frying
    • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 tablespoon shortening, melted
    • 1 (12 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • Directions

    1. Heat oil in a heavy pot or deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
    2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Beat together egg, milk, and melted shortening; stir into flour mixture. Mix in the corn kernels.
    3. Drop fritter batter by spoonfuls into the hot oil, and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Apple picking in the Hudson Valley
Apple picking in the Hudson Valley

National Holidays in Early December

Lets begin with National Holidays in December. Did you know December 1 is National Eat a Red Apple Day? What better fruit to celebrate than the lowly, healthy apple? One of the amazing things about this day is that no one seems to know where or how it originated. Perhaps its because "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"!

Moving to December 2 we have National Fritters Day. Who doesn't like fritters? Fried dough with fruit, meat or vegetables inside, it doesn't get much better than that. Of course the key word for most of us is fried!

I must say I'm a bit partial to Santa's List Day, December 4. Two reasons, one I love Santa and his list is what keeps many of us honest, and two its my birthday. What child wants to be caught being naughty? This is a great day to remind the little ones that Santa's watching!

December 5 is Bathtub Party Day. Honest! I don't know about you but for me a bathtub party is a party of one! What a good day to truly relax. Maybe light some candles, bring a book and some drinking water and lock yourself away as you sit and enjoy the warm water of that bath. I think it's a great idea.

Moving to more insignificant holidays, December 12 is The Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts Day. Since it is unmentionable I guess I shouldn't mention what those thoughts may be. I would imagine you could come up with a thought or two of your own.

Ah to another favorite of mine, December 13 is National Cocoa Day. Mid-December, "the weather outside is frightful", its cold, possibly snowy and just no fun. What better way to pass the day than to drink hot chocolate? You can add those cute little marshmallows or some whipped cream, some even like a dollop of ice cream. See, this should be a favorite day!

How many holidays are new to you? National Days we don't even know about.

National Holidays in Mid-December

December 14th is Monkey Day. Who doesn't like a cute little monkey? There is an actual Monkey Day website to tell you more about this wonderful day that's been celebrated since 2003. This site asks how you intend to celebrate Monkey Day! Any thoughts?

National Lemon Cupcake Day? December 15th. If you want to bring cupcakes to work this is the perfect day. A little tart with a little sweet this is a great day to celebrate. Do those lovely yellow cupcakes make you think of spring? Maybe that's why this day is celebrated in mid-December.

If there's ever a gadget we've not only adopted but love and need, its the flashlight. December 21 is National Flashlight Day. This time of year can be very dark here in the U.S. The sun sets early so perhaps the thought of a flashlight bringing light prompted this day on this date. Did you know the flashlight was invented in 1898 by Josua Lionel Cowen? Did you catch the "Lionel"? Yup, he's the one who invented Lionel trains!

Are you ready for this? December 23 is Festivus. That's what I said, Festivus. It seems during a Seinfeld episode the holiday was introduced. It even has a tree, an unadorned aluminum pole. According to the Festivus website it includes an airing of grievances, a Festivus dinner, and feats of strength. Leave it to George's father, he certainly put his all into celebrating Festivus. Since the 1997 episode it has been gathering followers. You can't make this stuff up.

We had National Cocoa Day this month but even better is National Chocolate Day on December 24! It would appear chocolate and Christmas go together like soap and water. Think about it, have you ever visited a house at Christmas time that had no chocolate in it? Unheard of. Chocolate Christmas trees, chocolate filled with nuts, need I go on?

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Isaac Asimov

Author and professor of biochemistry.  According to Wikipedia  "His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification".
Author and professor of biochemistry. According to Wikipedia "His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification". | Source
Cuddling
Cuddling

National Holidays in Early January

If you could see me you'd realize it is sometimes hard to write this with a straight face. January 2 is National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day. Seriously. I'm sure you've heard this expression either at work, on the train, or on television, well if you were around during the fifties or sixties that is. The sites I visited suggest you get creative this day, celebrate your ideas, maybe write a hub.

Anyone who knows me knows I love Science Fiction. In honor of my devotion to Science Fiction I couldn't leave out Science Fiction Day, also celebrated on January 2. It is believed this date was chosen because it is the birthday of Isaac Asimov.

Here's another your bound to love, January 6 is National Cuddle Up Day. Its probably still cold outside, nighttime comes a bit early, so why not cuddle up with someone you love. No one around? You could cuddle with a good book or a loving friend (I mean your dog). Most of you won't remember but there was an old song, "Cuddle up a little closer, lovey mine...."

I'm not so sure I believe in this one, January 13 is International Skeptics Day. Now I'm sure some of you out there are doubting the validity of this holiday but it really exists. Not only is it true but did you notice its "international"? Adding to its mystique, International Skeptics Day is also celebrated on October 13. So to all you skeptics out there, celebrate today!

Pets dressed for Christmas.
Pets dressed for Christmas.

National Holidays in Mid-January

Do you love your pets? Do you like to dress them up? Well, January 14 is just the day for you, its National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Obviously there are some pets you're just not going to be able to dress up but everyone's seen a dog or cat dressed up. Mark the date if you have a pet.

Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh so I'm sure a lot of you will love January 18, Winnie the Pooh Day. A.A. Milne was born on January 18 so what better day to celebrate than the day Pooh's creator was born? Most everyone knows Pooh bear was modeled after a bear owned by Milne's son Christopher. Hug a Pooh bear on January 18.

January 19, National Popcorn Day. You would think theaters all over the world would have banners for this one. Who can go to the movies without eating a tub of buttered popcorn? I recently dug out my old air popper. Don't be too impressed, I still add butter and a smidgeon of salt. Did you know some types of corn are grown specifically for popcorn?

If ever a day was destined for extinction it would have to be National Handwriting Day. Celebrated on January 23 it reminds us of a time when handwriting was an art to all. You learned handwriting in the third or fourth grade and practiced it for the rest of your life. Always trying to perfect that little curl on the end of your name or trying to make sure all your letters were the "write" size. Nothing will ever replace the personal feeling you get when you receive a handwritten note. Maybe this would be a good day to brush up on your handwriting.

Here's one I'm sure a lot of fellows, and a few gals, will appreciate, its National Beer Can Appreciation Day. Celebrated on January 24/ That's the date of the day the first beer can was sold. Did you know there's a market for beer cans? Seriously there are collectors of old beer cans out there. Just look on eBay to get an idea what the going prices are.

Did you play a kazoo in elementary school? Well, January 28 is National Kazoo Day. The kazoo was invented in 1840 but didn't become popular until 1912. Popular? Well, to a lot of small kids it was an easy instrument to play. As long as you can hum you can play a kazoo.

Not to be left out of the spectrum of foods we love or loved to eat, January 29th is National Corn Chip Day. I don't know about you but I remember as a teenager eating Fritos Corn Chips! Wikipedia describes corn chips as being made from fried cornmeal and having a strong aroma and flavor of roasted corn. I would say that's about spot on and like many Lays products, you can't just eat one.

There are certainly more holidays and many more months with some crazy holidays in them. Perhaps I'll write about them some day. I hope you've enjoyed this one and will leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful and delightful. What a crazy world we live in. Your comments on each are a great read. Thank you


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

this is something.. from eat a red apple day to National popcorn day.. this was.. well entertaining and educational too good fun hub Til... :)


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I think this falls under the category "We must make everyone feel they are included in this country." LOL Wouldn't want to leave out those fringe groups, would we? Fun list....have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Mary!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Mary, I haven't heard of any of these holidays or celebration days. What a hoot! Some of them make sense, and others are just plain silly. Silly is good, especially after reading a couple of depressing hubs today. Thanx for the lift!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was a fun read. I've never heard of most of them. I like the corn fritter recipe. The Jan. 6th is my favorite! Happy Thanksgiving...


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Love Skeptics Day, It has been around for a long time and has quite a following. It's also the only one I have ever heard of. Nice work.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

To all, Happy Thanksgiving!

Eric, so nice to write something delightful for a change.

Frank, good to have a little fun once in a while ;)

Thanks Bill. We are certainly an all inclusive country! Have a Happy too my friend.

Thanks Sha, glad this was fun and a good time for you to read.

Well Always Exploring there's nothing like a cuddle and some fun. I think I'll be trying that recipe myself.

Tireless traveler how nice to see someone knows about at least one of these wacky days!

Again folks, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hahaha, Mary, I loved reading about all of these holiday of which I was not aware at all! How interesting and so very strange at the same time.

I learned a lot here, and am amazed at just how may silly holidays there are, especially just in one month or two. Wow!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

The human race is certainly interesting Faith. Hope you have a blessed and happy thanksgiving.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

I never knew about many of the holidays that you have written about, enjoyed reading.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed this fun hub Vellur.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

LOL! love them! it has to be science fiction day and skeptics day for me! I never believe anybody or anything unless its science fiction! fun stuff mary!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

They are fun, glad they made you smile Nell.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mary. I love the photo of Christmas in your living room. My goodness…who knew about all of these holidays? I especially liked, “Santa’s List Day.” The Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts Day? And Festivus and National Beer Can Day? You’re right – you can’t make this stuff up. Lol. Thanks for a very enjoyable and fun article. :- )


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Glad you liked my living room Genna. I try to be as festive as possible at Christmas. There's so much fun to be had in this world if we only look for it...this hub is just one example! You are most welcome dear friend. Thank you for stopping by.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I found this very entertaining and delightful. Thanks for the smiles.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Always happy to provide smiles! So glad you enjoyed.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great holidays and you informed me about what I had no idea of. I enjoyed reading.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Most are just American made but there were a few International! Glad you enjoyed DD.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This information is really interesting. I had no idea there were so many national holidays and some of them do seem quite silly. I enjoyed reading your hub.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

And just think Pamela, this is only two months. Glad you enjoyed.


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

National Cuddle Up Day? Now that is a good one. I recently did a hub about National Act Like a Kid Day. It is not an official holiday yet, but I hope to make it one. It was fun to read about thee "days."


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing Catherine. Hope your hub does well.


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Paul Kuehn 22 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I found this hub very interesting and funny. In Thailand, I don't think I have run into any holidays which are as hilarious as the ones you have listed. One thing Thailand has is a holiday for teachers and a holiday for children in January. Voted up and sharing with HP followers.


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Kathleen Cochran 22 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

January 24 I should have made a beer can chicken! What a fun hub this was in the middle of annual "Gloom Period" of winter. Should have been HOD!


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

You know Americans, Paul, we'll celebrate anything! Thanks for the votes and shares.

Kathleen anything to put a smile on people's face. So glad you enjoyed!


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tirelesstraveler 22 months ago from California

Fun to celebrate! Cheers for corn chip day.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

TT any day we celebrate food is always a fun day ;)

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