ADKISTLER's SparkPeople Blog ADKISTLER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community National Hugging Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 21st <BR> <BR> What a great day! This is an opportunity to give and to receive. Give a hug, and you automatically receive one in return. Sure, someone might not hug back. But, how often does that happen!?! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs are loving. Hugs are therape... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:15:01 EST National Cheese Lover Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When celebrated : Always January 20th <BR> <BR> Do you love cheese, all kinds of cheeses? Spectacular, as today is National Cheese Lover Day. <BR> <BR> Use today to savor and enjoy any of the hundreds of varieties of cheese. There certainly is no shortage of varieties. Depending upon what article you read, there is between 900 - 1,400 varieties of cheese, all classified by texture. <... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:00:03 EST National Popcorn Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : January 19th <BR> <BR> The origins of this holiday are unknown. We have not found any information or documentation to confirm this is a true "National" day. But, don't let that pop (burst) your bubble, err pop your corn that is. It's a day to celebrate healthy (until you load it with salt and butter), and addicting popcorn. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:22:33 EST Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Event is always January 18th <BR> <BR> Winnie the Pooh Day is an opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends. This day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne in 1882. He was an author of children's story books, and created Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Winnie's pals include Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:57:15 EST Ditch New Years Resolutions Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Held : Event is always January 17th <BR> <BR> If there's a day to celebrate New Years and to make resolutions for the upcoming year, then there should be a day to ditch those resolutions. That's the reason for today. <BR> <BR> If you haven't broken or given up all of those New Year's resolutions, you're doing better than most of us. Maybe, you're well along the way to accomplish... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:53:41 EST National Nothing Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 16th <BR> <BR> National Nothing Day is quite simply... a day for nothing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This day is an "un-event". The expectation is that we do not create or otherwise promote this day. In other words, we do nothing. And, to say anything more would cont... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:50:47 EST Martin Luther King Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: The third Monday in January. <BR> <BR> Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. grew to become one of the greatest Social Activists the world has ever known. At 35, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while making a speech from the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. <BR> <BR> <img src... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:57:41 EST Dress Up Your Pet Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 14th <BR> <BR> Dress Up Your Pet Day gives you the opportunity to .... you guessed it......dress up your pet! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some pets like to get dressed up. Others, want nothing to do with it. This day is an opportunity to really dress up your pet(s). ... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:55:46 EST International Skeptics Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : January 13th, or October 13th or first Friday the 13th of the year <BR> <BR> International Skeptics Day is the perfect day for you...the "doubting Thomas". <BR> <BR> Perhaps the earth isn't really round!? Maybe, the sky isn't truly blue!? Does he(she) really love m... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:37:31 EST National Pharmacist Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always January 12 th <BR> <BR> National Pharmacist Day is honors pharmacists, and recognizes 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 togethe... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:13:25 EST Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always January 11th <BR> <BR> Despite extensive research, we did not find any factual information on this day. Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day is undoubtedly 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. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:37:54 EST Bittersweet Chocolate Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : always January 10 <BR> <BR> Fellow choco-holics, today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. In case you didn't get enough chocolate and sweets over the long holidays, here is a chance to delve into some bittersweet chocolate. Did you really need a reason to indulge!? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:30:34 EST National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date when celebrated: Always January 9th <BR> <BR> On January 9th of each year we will call our nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time on January 9, to show their support. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 05:03:53 EST Male Watchers Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 8 th <BR> <BR> Ladies, here is a day that you can thoroughly enjoy! On Male Watcher's Day, you get the opportunity to go out and watch the guys. After all, they have their fun watching the ladies. Now, it's your turn, to hoot and holler. <BR> <BR> You can perform your Male Watching just about anywhere that suits your fancy. Popular places include: <BR... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 04:24:54 EST Old Rock Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always January 7th <BR> <BR> Old Rock Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate old rocks and fossils. Perhaps you can start a rock collection. You can go out on a field trip in search of old fossils (the rock kind). Or, if you choose, you can just play with old rocks. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:18:54 EST Cuddle Up Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When celebrated : Always January 6 th <BR> <BR> Cuddle Up Day is an opportunity to snuggle up to someone on a cold winters' day or night. Chances are it's cold outside. So, cozy up to a special someone, and enjoy the warmth and love. This day is enjoyed by both young and old. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 10:03:01 EST National Bird Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bird Day, National Bird Day and Migratory Bird Day <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Bird Day is always May 4th <BR> <BR> National Bird Day is celebrated on January 5th <BR> <BR> International Migratory Bird Day observed on the second Saturday in May <BR> <BR> People love birds. Bird watching is a favorite pastime of millions of people. It is the most popular of hobbies, and can be enjoy... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 11:09:16 EST National Spaghetti Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Held : Always January 4th <BR> <BR> Today is National Spaghetti Day. Grab a big bowl, fill it with spaghetti, top it with a generous helping of your favorite sauce, and dig in. And, don't forget the meatballs and parmesan cheese! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spaghetti is one of over 600 shapes o... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 04:30:24 EST Festival of Sleep Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always on January 3rd <BR> <BR> No, you are not dreaming. But, perhaps you should be. Festival of Sleep Day is today. It is an opportunity to sleep in, snooze, doze, nap, and catch 40 winks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We feel this is the perfect date for Festival of Sleep Day. The... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 04:32:40 EST Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always January 2nd <BR> <BR> "Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes" is an expression. It means to float an idea to see what people think, or if they notice. The term is commonly used in advertising and print media. <BR> <BR> Run it Up the Flagpole to See if Anyone Salutes Day is set aside to allow people to do just that. Be creative today. Use this day to... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 04:09:11 EST First Foot Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 1st <BR> <BR> 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? Did you know that First Foot Day celebrates a traditional for many families in the US which has to do with who steps first in your house on this day? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:02:25 EST New Years Eve, 2017 and Day 2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : The evening of December 31 to the mornng of January 1 <BR> <BR> New Year's Eve is when all the fun and festivities are. We see out the old year and ring in the new. While it is often thought of as a time to drink and be merry, many people take it as an opportunity to eat and be merry. Drinking is not as much a part of the event as it was decades ago, if only because o... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:23:38 EST Bacon Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : <BR> <BR> Bacon Day: December 30 <BR> <BR> International Bacon Day : the Saturday before Labor Day <BR> <BR> Bacon Day and International Bacon Day celebrates crispy strips of salted pork...Bacon! This is a day to thoroughly enjoy bacon at every meal. Snack time, too. It is recommend that you enjoy bacon today in social gatherings. So, go ahead, and have a bacon party!! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 01:33:17 EST Pepper Pot Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 29th <BR> <BR> Pepper Pot Day commemorates the creation of this thick spicy soup, which was served to the Continental Army during the cold, harsh winter of 1777-1778. Pepper Pot soup was first made on December 29, 1777. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> According to the le... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:57:37 EST Card Playing Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 28th <BR> <BR> Card Playing Day is the perfect time to spend an hour or so playing cards with family and friends. And, it arrives at just the perfect time of year........ a few days after Christmas. The holiday hustle and bustle is over. The kids are getting bored of their new toys. It's time to turn to card games for a calmer, relaxing, and more slow-... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 01:07:36 EST National Fruitcake Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 27th <BR> <BR> National Fruitcake Day celebrates the rock hard, fruit filled holiday cake. While fruitcake was popular in the 40's and 50's, we are not sure if anyone has ever eaten this weighty, gooey, sugar laden cake. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scientists have bee... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 01:10:26 EST Boxing Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : December 26th. However, some people will celebrate it on the first weekday after Christmas. If Christmas falls on a Friday or a Saturday, Boxing Day is the following Monday. <BR> <BR> Boxing Day is celebrated in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other former British commonwealth countries. It is a legal holiday in these countries. This is also St. Stephans D... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 02:39:20 EST 2017 Absolutely Christmas Holiday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah! Christmas, the biggest holiday of the year. Christmas has both a strong religious and traditional meaning. It has a certain feel, all to itself, that you usually do not feel at any other time of the year. It creates within us, a sense of kindness and concern for fellow man. At no other time are we more generous and giving. It creates a sense of family and belonging. <BR> <BR> Everyone c... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 01:03:19 EST National Egg Nog Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 24th <BR> <BR> National Egg Nog Day comes but once a year. It celebrates a special, traditional holiday drink. It is consumed with or without Rum. The timing couldn't be any better-- the day before Christmas--- Christmas Eve! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Egg Nog is a ... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:22:01 EST Roots Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 23 <BR> <BR> Celebrate your genealogy, as today is Roots Day. It's a great day to celebrate your heritage. Many of us are returning to our roots today, as we head home for Christmas. Returning to our roots is a warm, cozy and comfortable feeling, a sense of belonging. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:33:55 EST National Date Nut Bread Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : December 22nd <BR> <BR> National Date Nut Bread Day is today. Enjoy a tasty bread for the holidays. It's the perfect bread for the season. It contains nuts and sugar, but is not heavy on the sugar. Date nut bread is quite popular. You can make it yourself, or buy some at the bakery. We suggest a couple of loafs. In our house, a single loaf does not last long. <BR> <... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:08:03 EST Look on the Bright Side Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 21st <BR> <BR> Look on the Bright Side Day is today. We hope you see the light. Literally looking on the bright side may be a bit difficult today. It is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. And, December days tend to be cloudy. However, we're going to be optimistic, and fully expect you to succeed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 02:10:43 EST Go Caroling Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 20th <BR> <BR> Go Caroling Day is a wonderful, rewarding, and memory filled day. By far more popular decades ago, Christmas holiday caroling is a great opportunity to enjoy the holiday and appreciate its meaning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas caroling remains ... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:42:16 EST Oatmeal Muffin Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 19th <BR> <BR> Oatmeal Muffin Day is today. Enjoy the cholesterol lowering benefit of oatmeal in your muffins today. That's great news... eating something that tastes good, and is also healthy to you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This special day is not steeped in trad... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:29:43 EST Bake Cookies Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 18th <BR> <BR> 'Ya gotta just love Bake Cookies Day......... <BR> <BR> ..... Christmas is for Christians <BR> <BR> ..... Hanukkah is just for Jews <BR> <BR> .... Ramadan is for those of Islamic descent <BR> <BR> ..... Kwanzaa is for those of African origin <BR> <BR> ..... Native American Day is for American Indians <BR> <BR> But, Bake Cookies Da... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:53:56 EST National Maple Syrup Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 17th <BR> <BR> National Maple Syrup Day provides us with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this delicious American treat. This sweet and unique flavor originated in America. Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:58:53 EST National Chocolate Covered Anything Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 16th <BR> <BR> Chocolaholics rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its a great day to indulge, binge, "pig out", and otherwise consume to excess, your favorite food....chocolate. We believe the timing of this day, durin... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:38:15 EST Bill of Rights Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 15th <BR> <BR> Today is Bill of Rights Day. To Americans, the Bill of Rights are key amendments to the U.S. Constitution, that protect our individual rights. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified by... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:10:47 EST Roast Chestnuts Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 14th <BR> <BR> Every Christmas holiday we all sing about "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...." But, have you ever roasted chestnuts!? It may surprise you to know, that some people have never even tasted a chestnut. (how unfortunate for them!!) <BR> <BR> It's time we changed that, by simply roasting some chestnuts today. Roast them in early evening,... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:43:39 EST Violin Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 13th <BR> <BR> Violin Day is today. Pick up your stratovarius, and let's play make some sweet music together. The violin is a classy musical instrument. <BR> <BR> Those who play this instrument, can create some awesome music. If you are a violinist, we salute you. <BR> <BR> On this special day, you should: <BR> <BR> Pick up the violin and play a few... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:31:58 EST Feast of Chanukah or Hanukkah <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When is Chanukah? December 12, 2017, December 2, 2018, December 12, 2019; December 10, 2020 <BR> <BR> Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, (also called Chanuka and Hanukkah) celebrates victory from Greek religious persecution. The Jewish victory was led by the Macabees in the year 167 B.C. Upon returning to the temple to rededicate it and relight the Menorah, the Macabees found only one small... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:18:52 EST National Noodle Ring Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 11th <BR> <BR> National Noodle Ring Day is a December day that kids young and old have been impatiently awaiting......yeah, right! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What would cooking be like without the noodle ring? We shudder to think about it. We are certainly relieved t... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:15:42 EST Human Rights Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 10th <BR> <BR> Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this date in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year, the United Nations, establishes a new theme for the year. The theme for 2017, “StandUp4HumanRights,” wil... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:53:06 EST Christmas Card Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 9 <BR> <BR> Christmas Card Day, honors Sir Henry Cole (1818 - 1874) of England. Cole created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday "must". Sending cards t... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:29:18 EST National Brownie Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always December 8th <BR> <BR> National Brownie Day celebrates chocolaty, chewy brownies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Brownie lovers, love chocolate. Conversely, chocolate lovers, love brownies. Therefore, its only natural, that we have a special day to celebrate brownies. <BR> <BR> It's fun and eas... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:28:46 EST Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always December 7th <BR> <BR> Pearl Harbor Day, commemorates the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack began at dawn December 7, 1941. It crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and caused the U.S. to enter World War II. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> During the att... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 04:28:00 EST Saint Nicholas Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 6th <BR> <BR> St. Nicholas Day is today. Yes, there really was a christian Saint Nicholas. He lived in the country of Greece, just a couple hundred years after the birth of Christ. This day is in honor of Saint Nicholas and his life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saint ... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 04:25:13 EST Bathtub Party Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 5th <BR> <BR> Bathtub Party Day is today. Draw yourself a bath tub full of warm water. Add a few bath oil beads, and Voila! You're ready to hop in and "soak it" in the bathtub. Ahh, how soothing and relaxing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't let anything disturb the... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 04:19:52 EST Santas' List Day - we hope you are on the "Nice" list <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 4th <BR> <BR> Today is Santa's List Day. Have you been good all year? Have you been Naughty? Or, have you been nice? Santa knows. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Santa's Elves have been everywhere, checking up on children all over the world, to see who has been naughty, a... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 04:18:29 EST National Roof Over Your Head Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 3rd <BR> <BR> Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. It is a day of appreciation for the things we have, starting with the roof over our heads. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For most of us, a roof over our head signifies living in a house that protects us from the ... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 09:17:02 EST