National What Day: Some holidays in December and January
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
Recipe for Corn Fritters
- 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
- Heat oil in a heavy pot or deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
- 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.
- Drop fritter batter by spoonfuls into the hot oil, and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.
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?
How many holidays here are new to you?
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!
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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